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1  General Politics / International General Discussion / Day 6: Angola on: Today at 05:45:08 am
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Angola



One of the two large Lusophobe countries in Southern Africa. An Oiligarchy ruled, as predictable as clockwork, by a one-time Communist Party. One of the least equal societies in the world. Government is very close to China. Portuguese is widely spoken across the country, in many places as a first language.



(Starting this early because I'll be away this weekend)
2  General Politics / International General Discussion / Day 5: Andorra on: September 04, 2015, 03:07:34 pm
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Andorra



The only country in the world where Catalan is an official language (for now). Also known for ski vacations and being a tax haven for the Spanish rich.

3  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: the Beer thread on: September 04, 2015, 07:28:23 am
Belgian Dark Ales > All other beers
4  General Politics / International General Discussion / Day 4: Algeria on: September 03, 2015, 06:08:02 pm
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Algeria



A map of Algeria from the 19th Century



Clearly a big impact on its current development....
5  General Politics / International General Discussion / Re: Day 2: Afghanistan on: September 02, 2015, 07:17:23 pm
To what extent is there a common identity of Afghan-ness relative to say more specific ethnic identities? I know that Afghanistan as a polity has existed for a while, no?

Bumping this because I actually wonder does anyone here know this.
6  General Politics / International General Discussion / Re: Northern Ireland General Discussion on: September 02, 2015, 07:05:34 pm
Some of the worst 'incidents' in the past 10 years in the North have been between rival loyalist paramilitaries - related usually to their 'share' of the local drug trade.
7  General Politics / International General Discussion / Day 3: Albania on: September 02, 2015, 06:54:30 pm
This series resumes after a brief interlude

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Albania



Dialects of Albanian:


Never been quite clear to me how different Gheg and Tosk (not to mention the Italian and Greek dialects) are from each other.

Anyway, discuss Albania.
8  General Politics / Political Debate / Re: Should the EU topple foreign leaders? on: September 01, 2015, 07:33:04 pm
Aren't botched attempts to do this the reason we have a 'refugee crisis' at present?
9  Other Elections - Analysis and Discussion / International Elections / Re: Labour Party leadership election 2015 on: August 31, 2015, 04:06:09 pm
Labour's strongest seats aren't in university areas, they are depressed urban areas, not all of which are full of ethnic minorities (Indeed many are the opposite, see Tyne and Wear).

Britain is not America. Britain's voting patterns are different to America. Repeat. Repeat. Repeat.
10  General Politics / International General Discussion / Re: Serious question: When will the US start taking in asylum seekers ? on: August 29, 2015, 08:29:38 am
The US has now agreed to take in 8.000 Syrian aslum seekers next year.

8 friggin' thousand.



The US took 1.3 mln. Indochinese refugees. How many did Austria take?

Austria took 300.000 refugees from Yugoslavia in the early 1990s.

That's equivalent of the US taking 12 million refugees on a per capita basis.

And this is just one example: Austria also took in 100.000s of asylum seekers during the 1950s and 1960s when the Soviets invaded Hungary and Czechoslovakia.

The thing is that the US isn't doing its fair share now: Just stirring up the hornets nests in AfPak, Syria and Iraq - but then stealing themselves out of responsibility when the human toll comes up and leaving that to the Europeans (or some of these countries) ... that's not how it should work. Obama did not get his Nobel Peace Prize for doing nothing.

Actually I think you will find that he did
11  General Politics / International General Discussion / Re: Europe-Middle East-Africa Refugee Crisis General Thread on: August 27, 2015, 03:59:13 pm
You know what would make today's tragedy much less likely? Removing the strongest incentives for the people smugglers by making it much easier to legally immigrate to the west. The fact that people take such dangerous measures to go to the west is due to the fact that they have no other choice if they want to enter the west (and you are truly the height of naivety if you think the pull of the west to migrants can be wished away).

Sure, but since European countries do not want African/Arabic immigration, that will not happen. A ban on seeking asylum outside your own continent and increased crackdowns on illegal migrants is the likely outcome.

That is very likely but I was talking about policies that would minimize deaths not possibly increase them.
12  General Politics / International General Discussion / Re: Europe-Middle East-Africa Refugee Crisis General Thread on: August 27, 2015, 03:52:34 pm
You know what would make today's tragedy much less likely? Removing the strongest incentives for the people smugglers by making it much easier to legally immigrate to the west. The fact that people take such dangerous measures to go to the west is due to the fact that they have no other choice if they want to enter the west (and you are truly the height of naivety if you think the pull of the west to migrants can be wished away).
13  Other Elections - Analysis and Discussion / International Elections / Re: Who do you think will win the Vienna state election ? on: August 24, 2015, 05:51:18 pm
Antonio, no offense but your politics are what happens when moralistic signalling gets out of control.
14  General Politics / International General Discussion / Day 2: Afghanistan on: August 24, 2015, 01:53:52 pm
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Afghanistan



Discuss with maps



I have no doubt this map is very misleading - searching for Afghan language maps or Afghan ethnic maps gives conflicting results, especially regards classifications of Tajiks and the Indo-Persian non-Pashtun speaking groups.
15  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: Are you offended by whites making racist comments about whites? on: August 24, 2015, 11:37:53 am
Again what's the golden rule? You can get away with nearly anything in speech as long as it's funny

Unfortunately whites making anti-white comments almost never fall into that category.
16  General Politics / Economics / Re: Is anyone paying attention to what happened today? on: August 24, 2015, 11:33:02 am
Remember when the BRICS were going to take over the world economy? Fun times!
17  General Politics / International General Discussion / Re: Day 1: Abkhazia on: August 24, 2015, 07:26:41 am
Abkhaz is one of the Northwest Caucasian languages, which once included Ubykh (now extinct), holder of the most consonants ever noted in a language (81).

What a shame. How could they let such an awesome language die? Sad

The Ubykhs are Muslims and left Caucasus for Turkey in 1864 after the Russian conquest. They stopped being nomads and became farmers in western Turkey (around Manyas).

To avoid discrimination their elders encouraged Ubykhs to assimilate into Turkish culture. The last native speaker died as recently as 1992.

They didn't leave, so much as were pushed hard.
18  Other Elections - Analysis and Discussion / International Elections / Re: Labour Party leadership election 2015 on: August 23, 2015, 11:21:43 am
tbf I would support barring Louise Mensch from Bulgaria, or from anywhere for that matter, especially Twitter.
19  General Politics / International General Discussion / Day 1: Abkhazia on: August 23, 2015, 10:57:44 am
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Abkhazia

A long while ago on this forum there was a day by day series of threads on all countries of the world. Because I am a deeply quixotic soul I've decided to revive this series for the year of our lord 2015. Here, unlike the original series I think, I have decided to include non-recognized countries (or 'countries' if you prefer) just to include a wider range. Also they are some of the more controversial.

Anyway, Abkhazia. Discuss. With maps. Starting below



Abkhaz is one of the Northwest Caucasian languages, which once included Ubykh (now extinct), holder of the most consonants ever noted in a language (81).
20  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: How do you take your coffee? on: August 22, 2015, 02:57:09 pm
Can't stand coffee tbh.
21  Forum Community / Off-topic Board / Re: The last movie you've seen thread 2014 and 2015 on: August 22, 2015, 10:00:44 am
Mistress America (2015)

A++++++ would watch again.
22  General Politics / International General Discussion / Europe-Middle East-Africa Refugee Crisis General Thread on: August 19, 2015, 05:31:24 pm
I've decided to start this thread after reading this extraordinary story

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BERLIN (Reuters) - The number of asylum-seekers and refugees to Germany will quadruple to a record 800,000 this year compared with last, twice as many as forecast in January, the government said on Wednesday.

Germany has become a magnet for refugees from Africa, Asia and the Middle East and has criticized European Union partners for not doing more.

"We've got to reckon there will be 800,000 people coming to Germany as refugees or seeking asylum," Interior Minister Thomas de Maiziere told a news conference in Berlin.

800,000! 800,000! Meanwhile there is a 'crisis' in Calais concerning only a few thousand. And Slovakia will only accept Christians. An extraordinarily imbalanced situation is developed in the EU right now in regards to this, but what is to be done is another question entirely.

I was surprised to see there wasn't a thread on this so use this to post anything on latest developments in regards to the situation in the Med, South Eastern Europe, Syrian and Eritrean Refugees and anything relevant.
23  Forum Community / Off-topic Board / Re: The last movie you've seen thread 2014 and 2015 on: August 18, 2015, 01:42:55 pm
La Chinoise (1967)

Still very much on the fence on the whole Is-Godard-a-genius-or-total-crank debate. Definitely signs of both in this work. In saying that I probably misunderstood it as I felt he portrayed the Maoist students in a highly unsympathetic way.... yet later that year Weekend came out and so the beginning of Godard's 'Maoist' phase.
24  General Politics / Individual Politics / Re: Labour Party Leadership Election on: August 15, 2015, 10:44:06 am
1. Cooper

Not sure I'd fill in the rest tbh. And I'm not enthusiastic about Cooper either.
25  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: Forumite with the most posts who you didn't know existed? on: August 03, 2015, 02:48:53 pm
I've checked the first five pages and, sadly, I recognized all the names. Although I will say for some, names will not be mentioned, I had to check their account details before remembering who they were exactly... even among some still active posters. Which shows how much I pay attention.

Actually somewhat shocked to realize who I now have more posts than.
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