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August 31, 2006


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Thank you. Through your blog I'm learning all sorts of history and current events about areas I've not paid much attention to before.

If you've posted an answer to this before, please just point me to the blog link. But I'd like to know a bit about the job that you're doing in Armenia.



Dear Doug:

I like reading Claudia because...well, it's just such a different style of writing than yours. But having read your new posts...Gosh, it's nice to have you finally back also.

I'm pulling an all-nighter trying to work my way through writing a very complex, (complex to me, probably easy to someone else), real property judgment. I should be doing that but the link to the exile article was...compulsively readable. Thanks, I would never have found that on my own.

Good luck in everything important to you.

Best Wishes,


Doug (not Muir)

Is Thomas Goltz still around anywhere? He wrote heaps about the area in the mid- to late-90s, and seems to have a grasp of the languages and complexities without being by origin a member of one of the affected groups. So he gives the straight dope without too much eXile-type posturing. Though the article was low on attitude by their standards.

The answer to your question about war has been essentially what you say for the last 10 years, which is a pretty good sign as these things go. It's true that oil and money and succession are changing things on the Azeri side, and it's true that a final settlement is not much closer than it was in '94. On the other hand, the geographical advantages the Armenians won by '94 haven't gone away either, and it'd take more of an air force than tanks and such to overcome them.

But I hope you'll keep the updates coming & maybe even cross-post some at Fistful.

Doug M.

Christine: I'm running a large foreign aid project.

Traveller: Thank you! Please keep coming by.

Doug: Brief googling shows that Thomas Goltz is still out there -- he's teaching geography at the University of Montana, and just has a new book out on Georgia. He has a lot of stuff up online, which I'll be looking at. Thanks for the tip!

Doug M.


As I read this, it occurred to me that I have precisely one personal memory related to this subject. It was sometime in 1988, in the middle of Russia. I was a teenager. As I recall, were at family friends, reading an article with accounts of the progrom. I don't remember its provenance. In fact, I doubt that it was a question that interested me at the time. The materials were photocopied, meaning photographed and then developed in someone's bathroom, lit by that otherworldly red light. That was how it was done back then. Out of all this, I'm coming out with one observation. When you're surrounded by transparent lies and then something comes along by word of mouth to confirm your blackest suspicions, you don't doubt its veracity for a moment. You may add qualifications according to taste.

Very good to see you back online, Doug.

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