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Posts on 03/31/23

Chinese Mission Discovers Water on Moon

(Consoly Leon Arias, Spain / Canary, 03/31/23 3:02 am) According to a recent study published in the journal Nature Geoscience, Chinese scientists have discovered water on the Moon. The discovery was made recently by the Chang' ...

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Religious Icons and Historical Mementos are Different

(David Duggan, USA, 03/31/23 2:13 am) John E asked if there is any substantive difference between destroying Confederate statues and blowing up the Buddhas of Bamiyan. I've got other fish to fry in the persons of the taxman and ...

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Posts on 03/30/23

A Polish-Ukrainian Commonwealth?

(Cameron Sawyer, USA, 03/30/23 10:15 am) JE asked, in response to my post of March 28th: "Will [postwar] Ukraine follow the German model of renewal, or will it look more like Iraq? The scenario outlined above assumes ...

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Cultural Patrimony and "Heritage Inflation"

(Consoly Leon Arias, Spain / Canary, 03/30/23 3:58 am) In connection with Holy See's return to Greece of some reliefs from the Parthenon, which have been treasured and perfectly preserved in the Vatican Museums for two centuries, John E raised a quest ...

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Napoleon as Art Thief

(Eugenio Battaglia, Italy, 03/30/23 3:25 am) France has good reasons to keep the Mona Lisa, as Leonardo took it to France and gave/sold it to King Francis I. To be sure, France has a long tradition of stealing artworks, and the greatest thief w ...

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Posts on 03/29/23

Did the British Museum Save the "Elgin Marbles" from Destruction?

(Anthony J Candil, USA, 03/29/23 3:08 am) Regarding the contribution of my much admired and respected friend Consoly León, I must say that regardless of whether our British friends taking over the Parthenon friezes was right or wrong, ...

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Philately: Are "Mint" or Canceled Stamps More Valuable?

(Patrick Mears, -Germany, 03/29/23 2:30 am) Thank you very much for posting my note on German colonialism. I too hope that Eugen Solf connects with us and shares some stories about his grandfather's time spent in Samoa (and beyond). ...

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Posts on 03/28/23

Vatican Returns Parthenon Friezes to Greece

(Consoly Leon Arias, Spain / Canary, 03/28/23 6:31 am) The Parthenon, one of the architectural jewels of Hellenic culture, is beginning to recover its heritage--a heritage which others did not hesitate to plunder. On Friday, March 24, three high rel ...

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Italian Deportees and Workers in Nazi Germany

(Eugenio Battaglia, Italy, 03/28/23 4:12 am) Commenting on my post of 23 March, our esteemed editor asked: "What can you tell us about sabotage in Italy's war industries (during the Civil War)?" With the "Carta del Lavor ...

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A Wirtschaftswunder for Ukraine?

(Cameron Sawyer, USA, 03/28/23 3:22 am) WAISers are used to my pessimistic views on different things, whether it's our economy, the war in Ukraine, or our foreign policy. But I'm oddly optimistic about one thing. Ukraine is b ...

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