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  1. On the most important thing

    A dear friend recently contacted me after a few years of disconnection, to ask how things were going. I replied that things were going alright with the exception of something that was of real consequences and importance, but did not state what it was. Worried, he followed up. What was it? How was my health? Was my family alright? I replied that those were not the cases and that the sole issue was financial. I am the healthiest clochard on Earth, I wrote. He closed the exchange by laughing at it, ...
  2. Farewell, Nemo

    In 1984, Milos Forman released AMADEUS, a movie that went on to receive awards and prizes all over the world. The film (based on a fictional play written by Peter Schaffer) told the story of the musical genius Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart and his relationship with a lesser known classical composer, the Italian Antonio Salieri. The gist of this relationship (in the play and film) was the enormous level of jealousy that Salieri, a much less talented composer, had towards Mozart, usually considered one ...
  3. On refugees

    Twenty years ago, on the morning of Monday December 7th, the streets of Caracas and almost all major cities in Venezuela were celebrating with joy. The savior we had so long been waiting for had been elected president the day before, under the electoral system that did not have a second round and did not take into account that the majority of the people had voted against him. Those of us that did so looked out the streets and knew, with no little uncertainty, that this would end badly.
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    Updated 01-12-2019 at 06:38 AM by ponchi101

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  4. On Germany and Russia, one century apart

    I wrote this piece in 2014 and posted it here. Somehow, it has disappeared. It has not aged poorly.

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    As we approach the centenary of the beginning of WWI, it perhaps may be a good time to check if the lessons of the past have been learned by many of its protagonists. Specially those that lost.
    To recap. On November 11, 1918, after 4 years of conflict, the Central Powers of Germany and the Austro-Hungarian empire conceded defeat to the Allies, ending a war of 9 ...
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  5. Equal Treatment

    During the menís semifinals at Wimbledon, an incident took place on this forum when one member expressed his disagreement with the idea of equal pay. While perhaps he could have been more elegant on his selection of how to phrase his idea that women do not deserve the same financial rewards as men, his opinion is not only personal and valid, it is one shared by many (although not openly in this forum).
    However, this piece is not expected to settle such a complex issue. What brings me forth ...
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