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  1. Re: ISIS wants the West to invade Syria; should we oblige them?

    The use of "Rome" refers to the western states led by the USA, which in many third world countries and specially in the ME is regarded as a sort of New Rome, of the global kind. Their eschatology...
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    Re: Origins of the Huns

    One thing is clear: by the time the Huns entered the early European legendarium, crushing petty kingdoms left and right, exacting tributes from the decaying empire and forcing other tribes into their...
  3. Re: Why are muslim extremists always targeting civilians?

    Nothing speaks political destabilization like innocent civilians dying because of random IEDs or being gunned down. As long as the armed forces are cohesive and prepared attacking them or other...
  4. Re: The Lord of the Rings movies, rewatching them again.

    Something that's actually quite bad from the original cinematic adaptation is Gondor's treatment during the War of the Ring. To put it bluntly: Peter Jackson's "liberties" made gondorians look like a...
  5. Re: The Lord of the Rings movies, rewatching them again.

    Elrond's way of throwing a gigantic "screw you" at Gandalf for getting away with the hobbit tantrum :P
  6. Re: The Lord of the Rings movies, rewatching them again.

    One could argue that the true circle behind the making of the fellowship was the remains of the White Council, with 2 specific groups backing them: the Dunedain of the North and the High Elves. Both...
  7. Re: The Lord of the Rings movies, rewatching them again.

    In the book there being four hobbits was a direct result of Gandalf's insistence, Elrond (the other mastermind behind the fellowship), wanted another 2 high elves or something along those lines.

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    Re: Argentina

    Glad you liked it and had a nice time while travelling around. Seems like you spent some days in Uruguay as well, lovely little country and rather tranquil overall, the beaches are very nice and much...
  9. Re: Why are humans assumed to have moved out of africa?

    Avaible fossils, genetic evidence and other remains of empirical data fit best the theory that modern humans first emerged in East Africa to migrate and settle in the other continents
  10. Re: Western involvement in the export of Wahhabism from S. Arabia

    The "states" of the Arabian peninsula, more like particular members of the autocratic ruling families, might be the main exporters of the wahabbi movement nowadays but radicalization started much...
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    Re: Western values vs. ...?

    Only some of those greeks or romans that actually left written records. Most were artisans, farmers, peasants or laborers with little to no formal education. Even a well-oiled bureaucratic war...
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    Re: Western values vs. ...?

    Maybe in the globalized world of today where opinions and attitudes on the most basic or complex of human practices are clashing everyday... but I would not dare to extend this current situation, a...
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    Re: Western values vs. ...?

    Modern western values are the direct consequence of two patently western currents of thought clashing with each other during the later part of the XIX century and the first half of the twentieth one....
  14. Re: The Battle of four and something armies from very far away indeed.

    By the second half of the movie I was actually wishing for the battle to end, the "love" scenes were cringe worthy and the duels too long and predictable. None of that happened to me with any other...
  15. Re: Argentina: Nisman, top prosecutor found dead

    What can I say... this smells like some sort of SIDE (secretary of intelligence, kind of shadier Homeland Security) related incident to cover up some disturbing inner workings. We'll have to wait and...
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    Re: 10 killed in a gun attack in France.

    Neh, I think he means that secular authorities have to reach out for disaffected individuals within some Islamic communities, many of them second or first generation youths, so that trust for secular...
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    Re: 10 killed in a gun attack in France.

    Well it's not like hebrews go around shooting westerners who offend them anyways, the enormous majority of Muslims don't either... sheesh such stupidity.

    Are they any closer to catching these men...
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    Re: 10 killed in a gun attack in France.

    Hope they catch them, alive, and I hope the French government doesn't feel intimidated into rejecting future cooperation with the rest of the west by such brutal attacks on their citizenry. It's also...
  19. Re: Is secularism dangerously powerful?

    Well... secularism simply doesn't mean the power of the state or anything else you have pretty much described. It means separation of religious and political elements within the legal system and...
  20. Re: Why was the Eastern Roman Empire Richer Than The Western Roman Empire?

    Because of trade routes and luxury goods.
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    Re: Total War en Espaņol

    Feliz Navidad gente de TWC!!!
  22. Re: German racism raising its ugly head again -- "PEGIDA"

    Yeah well... just as there's a problem with rising far-right groups in central Europe or anti-immigrant parties of populist nature there's a problem with fundamentalism in certain Islamic communities...
  23. Re: German racism raising its ugly head again -- "PEGIDA"

    Not rare, not rare at all... see the anti-immigrant outbursts in the southern United States, probably one of the regions with the least amount of them, except for Texas.

    Also, even bringing the...
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    Re: Argentina

    Counterfeiting was problematic back in the mid nineties; since then the minting and banking regulations have improved, inflation has diminished the opportunity value of faking bills as well, with an...
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    Re: The end of the Cuban Embargo?

    La Floridita, it's close to the Bodeguita and in the vicinity of the colonial part of town too, was a Hemingway classic as well.

    Yeah, overall health is good but Cuban medicine is overrated as...
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    Re: The end of the Cuban Embargo?

    *fingers crossed*

    If the Obama administration pulls this off relations with South American parties, especially those left of center, will improve dramatically. That's only a good thing. Plus,...
  27. Re: How did the American government "lie about Vietnam?"

    LBJ gets a lot of flak for the whole "We are not about to send american boys..." speech when a significant part of the problem was inherited from previous administrations, specifically the Eisenhower...
  28. Re: How did the "barbarian" European tribes become "civilized" medieval kingdoms?

    It's relevant to point out that European societies weren't able to adequately deal with demographic transitions until the industrial revolution. More specifically: roman society had been generating a...
  29. Re: How did the "barbarian" European tribes become "civilized" medieval kingdoms?

    They weren't as basic and rudimentary as the tribes of early antiquity, by the mid imperial period most tribes north of the Danube and east of the Rhin were organized in confederations with ruling...
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    Re: Argentina

    I'm from Argentina, Buenos Aires specifically. If you have the time come here, the very urban feel of Argentina is at Buenos Aires and it has some lovely places. Palermo, Recoleta and Puerto Madero...
  31. Re: Ask me, President Vladimir Putin, a Question

    Dear Mr. President: according to your TWC account you're still residing in the State of Virginia, at the heart of the USA. Is that part of some greater plan to curb american influence in the world?...
  32. Re: Was the Dominance of Abrahamic Religions Inevitable?

    Not in specific content (some have already mentioned Sol Invictus or Mithras) but it's hard to keep a basic cult of functional gods, like the Olympians, once society starts getting more and more...
  33. Re: Shocking revelations about torture under Bush's administration

    The kind of irresponsible bureaucratic crap that happens when you let an intelligence agency act unchecked. Way to go Cheney, good job Department of Justice.
  34. Re: Prostitution, should it still be illegal?

    Yes, historically it has a prudish root. But it's also fair to say that we know a lot more about the opportunity gap between men and women than the old progressives did, we are also more aware about...
  35. Re: Prostitution, should it still be illegal?

    I think that my reasoning for persecuting it's consumption (not the prostitutes, and as I understand it that's a model that Sweden currently follows) is derived from gender relations: prostitution is...
  36. Re: Prostitution, should it still be illegal?

    My liberal side tells me that the most pragmatic way of solving the ills of prostitution is to regulate it: permits, health inspections and even some form of unionizing... my progressive side however...
  37. Re: The big losers in the oil price drop.

    If oil prices continue dropping and stabilize at a new low, or even decline just a little further from their current value, Venezuela is going to be in a lot of trouble. Their current access or...
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    Re: Why do we need a president? (USA)

    Yes, instrumenting the adequate implementation of the rule of law is a basic executive prerogative as well. But I guess that regulating and looking after federally granted rights, including...
  39. Re: Is there a single decent person below the Mason Dixon line?

    Last time I went to the US, winter of 2014, I got to meet some lovely Virginians. Ok, it's not "deep south", and over the years the "progressive pluralism" of neighbouring Maryland (I actually...
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    Re: Why do we need a president? (USA)

    First: the US needs a strong federal government to counter the arguably strong local authority that governors and local legislatures exert.

    Second: since it's creation the union was a republic...
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