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  Posts on Sep 30, 2014
Tom Watson (David Duggan, USA, 09/30/14 3:41 pm) In response to Randy Black (20 September), I certainly meant no disrespect to Tom Watson personally or to assail his accomplishments both on the course and off. By all accounts, Tom is a gentleman (a ... more

Catalonia: GDP, Electricity, and EU Citizenship (Jordi Molins, Spain, 09/30/14 10:34 am) José Ignacio Soler has several incorrect statements in his 29 September post. Just two of them: José Ignacio wrote: "It is very doubtful that Catalonia has a similar GDP per ... more

Tom Watson and Sportsmanlike Losing (John Heelan, UK, 09/30/14 7:22 am) I agree with Randy Black (30 September). Tom Watson assembled a great team for the Ryder Cup, with some of my US heroes and a few new faces. Golf depends not only on skill and luck but also the equa ... more

Plundered Artifacts in Iraq: Is There Anything Left? (A. J. Cave, USA, 09/30/14 4:19 am) When commenting Enrique Torner's post of 28 September, John E posed the question: "At this point, is there even anything left [of ancient artifacts] in Iraq to preserve?" In one w ... more

Ryder Cup and Tom Watson (Randy Black, USA, 09/30/14 3:51 am) John Eipper asked for my feedback to David Duggan's 29 September lambast of Tom Watson and the US Ryder Cup team's loss to the European Tour team. First, a bit of history: ... more

Moment of Truth for Catalonia? (Anthony J Candil, USA, 09/30/14 3:23 am) After the Spanish government has finally refused to allow the Catalans to hold a secession referendum, the moment of truth for Catalonia has arrived. I have several questions: Will t ... more

  Posts on Sep 29, 2014
Plundered Iraqi Artifacts: Who`s to Blame? (Robert Whealey, USA, 09/29/14 4:08 pm) John E summarized Eugenio Battaglia's argument of 29 September: that "the present mess in the Middle East is entirely the responsibility of President Bush." No, not entirely. Th ... more

What About Valencia? (Henry Levin, USA, 09/29/14 2:16 pm) Just to further complicate matters with respect to the Catalonian debate, let me add the following. Many Catalanes whom I have spoken with over the last decade about the nationalism issue, either tac ... more

Ryder Cup 2014 (David Duggan, USA, 09/29/14 11:49 am) Regarding this year's Ryder Cup (see John Heelan, 29 September), the Americans sucked. The selection of the team was ridiculous (the hottest golfer on the planet, Billy Horschel, who won th ... more

Catalonia`s Viability as an Independent State (José Ignacio Soler, Venezuela, 09/29/14 11:28 am) Luciano Dondero (26 September) raised a very interesting issue about the economic viability of Catalonia as an independent country. Jordi Molins (28 September) added a few remarks and a geopolitical p ... more

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Founded in 1965 at Stanford University by Prof. Ronald Hilton (1911-2007), WAIS is a political, economic, and religious discussion forum moderated by John Eipper, Adrian College. Contributing members include historians, journalists, military professionals, scientists, and business leaders from around the world.