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by Sertorio
Sun Feb 11, 2018 4:12 am
Forum: Current Events
Topic: Iran
Replies: 2
Views: 56

Iran

Some of you may find interesting the following study on Iranian public opinion, carried out by the Center for International and Security Studies at Maryland (CISSM) & IranPoll: http://www.cissm.umd.edu/sites/default/files/CISSM%20Jan%202018%20Iran%20Results%20and%20Trend%20Tables%20-%20FINAL_0.pdf D...
by Sertorio
Sat Feb 10, 2018 2:23 pm
Forum: Current Events
Topic: The Syria War
Replies: 130
Views: 3330

Re: The Syria War

Syria is a secular, multi-ethnic and multi-religious state, and it should remain so. Russia and Iran, together, are the best chance for Syria to be an open society. Given that neither Russia nor Iran are open societies, that would seem a rather unlikely outcome of their patronage. Russia is a great...
by Sertorio
Sat Feb 10, 2018 1:23 pm
Forum: Current Events
Topic: Trump has Putin over a barrel (of oil)
Replies: 131
Views: 1402

Re: About Putin

Another factor was that wartime allies owed the USA plenty. The two biggest recipients of lend-lease aid were Britain and the USSR. The latter promptly defaulted on its lend-lease debt whilst the former struggled to maintain fiscal solvency whilst still meeting repayment obligations to its creditor...
by Sertorio
Sat Feb 10, 2018 2:34 am
Forum: Current Events
Topic: The Syria War
Replies: 130
Views: 3330

Re: The Syria War

Syria is a secular, multi-ethnic and multi-religious state, and it should remain so. Russia and Iran, together, are the best chance for Syria to be an open society. Given that neither Russia nor Iran are open societies, that would seem a rather unlikely outcome of their patronage. Russia is a great...
by Sertorio
Sat Feb 10, 2018 2:29 am
Forum: Current Events
Topic: Trump Wants Military Parade
Replies: 21
Views: 319

Re: Trump Wants Military Parade

I wish we could teleport the US to one of the moons of Saturn... :D You could have wished only to teleport U.S. policymakers and their partners in the military-industrial complex. But then that wouldn't have been anti-American enough for you. The US is a democracy. Policymakers were elected, and th...
by Sertorio
Sat Feb 10, 2018 2:22 am
Forum: Current Events
Topic: Trump has Putin over a barrel (of oil)
Replies: 131
Views: 1402

Re: About Putin

..............................................................GDP growth rate .................................................. 2017...............2016............... 2015 Russia...........................................1.8%................-0.2%..............-2.8% Lithuania .........................
by Sertorio
Sat Feb 10, 2018 2:19 am
Forum: Current Events
Topic: Trump has Putin over a barrel (of oil)
Replies: 131
Views: 1402

Re: About Putin

(Marshall Plan aid, do not forget, came in the form of soft loans that had to be repaid by the recipients - not in the form of cash grants or gifts) Speaking from memory, I believe those "loans" were never meant to be repaid. And the interest charged was only sufficient to cover the expenses of run...
by Sertorio
Sat Feb 10, 2018 2:12 am
Forum: Current Events
Topic: Trump has Putin over a barrel (of oil)
Replies: 131
Views: 1402

Re: About Putin

Yes Sertorio; the relevant question was "why are the Baltics doing better?" Bear in mind that the Baltic states have nothing like Russia's landmass and stock of natural resources. Russia was for centuries a backward country dependent on agriculture and serf labour, while the Baltic states were much...
by Sertorio
Fri Feb 09, 2018 3:56 pm
Forum: Current Events
Topic: The Syria War
Replies: 130
Views: 3330

Re: The Syria War

https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=UKTVc7otF6o The USA is adding it's direct firepower to the demolition of Syria. Sporadic targeting is also allegedly done by Israel. Now that Turkey is also shelling and long standing Iran, Assad and Russian TNT, Chlorine and other flammables also supplied thanks to SA...
by Sertorio
Fri Feb 09, 2018 12:17 pm
Forum: Current Events
Topic: Trump Wants Military Parade
Replies: 21
Views: 319

Re: Trump Wants Military Parade

"Bring home our troops and, yes, throw a parade" http://www.foxnews.com/opinion/2018/02/07/sen-rand-paul-trump-s-military-parade-is-good-idea-if-bring-troops-home-from-afghanistan-first.html ". . . there really is no possible military solution in Afghanistan." (Bears repeating - there is no militar...