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March 2012[edit]

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Thanks for using edit summaries!! Jojalozzo 16:24, 4 March 2012 (UTC)

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FSA[edit]

Please try to explain you edits on the take page. There is an ongoing discussion there.--Rafy talk 22:37, 7 April 2012 (UTC)

Siege of Homs map[edit]

You created this map with the bombardment of Homs. More districts since have been under shelling or are under shelling per article. (Example: Jeb Jandali, Bab Dreib, Old Homs, Hamidiea, Ghouta, Jobar, Rifaat, Arabis, and Juret al-Shaya. The last two have got the brunt lately: and somewhat Ghouta.) If you can update this mpa it would be nice. Jacob102699 (talk) 14:32, 14 April 2012 (UTC)

And Inshaat too. Jacob102699 (talk) 14:34, 14 April 2012 (UTC)

Sorry, I didn't create that map. I got it from the Voice of America website. The VOA is a US government organization so all the work they specifically create is in the public domain. If I have time I might be able to use Adobe photoshop and shade in additional neighborhoods although it's not a top priority. I'm also not that sure how beneficial it's to shade in more neighborhoods, because it's starting to sound like most the neighborhoods in Homs are being bombarded.--Guest2625 (talk) 04:41, 15 April 2012 (UTC)

Sorry[edit]

Sorry for the major edit mess ups on idlib governorate. The page must be messed up, because it only happens on that page to me. It keeps saying Wikimedia Error and I have to reload while editing. Maybe the server is down on this page. Jacob102699 (talk) 15:29, 14 April 2012 (UTC)

No problem. It sucks when the editor/server messes up. I've lost a bunch of work that way.--Guest2625 (talk) 04:44, 15 April 2012 (UTC)

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A barnstar for you![edit]

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Wikipedia policy prohibits original research, including syntheses or analysis[edit]

Please do not add original research or novel syntheses of published material to articles as you apparently did to multiple articles. Please cite a reliable source for all of your contributions. See discussion and examples below.

Dear Guest2625,

Please discontinue posting charts, graphs, and/or data of your own creation except where the data and conclusions are clear, unambiguous, and published by reliable sources. If a graph is merely the presentation of items from a reliable source and does not involve any analysis, such graph MAY be permitted. If such graph, chart, or data requires ANY analysis, or is based on results or conclusions not fully published in a reliable source, then it constitutes original research (OR), which is prohibited under Wikipedia policies. The policy states that "each statement in the article [should be] attributable to a source that makes that statement explicitly. … Take care not to go beyond what is expressed in the sources, or to use them in ways inconsistent with the intention of the source, such as using material out of context. In short, stick to the sources." It has been widely discussed what deviation can be made from this, with a concensus that very little deviation is permitted. For example, it is OK to add two numbers in a source together. Going even a tiny bit beyond this likely is not OK.

Examples: Your chart at Estate tax in the United States appears to accurately present data from IRS Statistics on Income by year for about 30 years. Without addition, that should be acceptable. You also overlayed names of Presidents in those years. This is public record, and thus the combination might be acceptable. However, you also added data for 2009 and 2010 which was not in the main source IRS data, and for which the denominator of the fraction presented (total number of deaths) was not shown in the secondary data. In addition, the data apparently used as the source for your 2009 and 2010 items states clearly that it is by year of tax return not year of death, and thus not comparable to the main data. The 2009 and 2010 columns are OR and not permitted. Further, they are not even consistent with the 1982-2008 columns, according to the IRS second data file.

Your chart at Excise tax in the United States is based on data presented in a 2007 CBO report. The chart presents the CBO report table accurately in chart form. As such, it may not be considered not OR. However, the chart title and descriptions differ materially from the CBO descriptions. Therefore, even though the chart itself is not OR, the captions are OR. Further, the captions used indicate the material is presented in a manner not intended by the source. This renders the entire table OR.

Your chart at Federal Insurance Contributions Act tax cites no sources. Though the data presented might be accurate and calculated from the IRC, it is OR and is not permitted. To quote WP:OR, "Do not analyze, synthesize, interpret, or evaluate material found in a primary source yourself; instead, refer to reliable secondary sources that do so."

I will delete charts that appear to be OR. If you believe a chart is not OR, please provide justification and sources in the article discussion and/or file information.

I can relate to frustration that the media does not adequately or accurately cover many tax topics, particularly those involving incidence of tax. WP, however, is NOT the forum for redressing this problem.

Continued publication of original research is disruptive editing, and may result in sanctions. Oldtaxguy (talk) 21:32, 24 May 2012 (UTC)

Thank you for your suggested improvements to the graphs mentioned above. It's more constructive if these suggested improvements were given on the specific article talk pages so that other editors could contribute their thoughts. The wikipedia project very much appreciates image files for articles, because these help to advance and improve the content of the project. It should be noted that essentially all featured articles on wikipedia contain images, so it is great that you are helping to improve the images of the articles that you are following. I look forward to any suggested improvements you have on the relevant talk pages. Guest2625 (talk) 01:12, 25 May 2012 (UTC)

Battle of Zabadani[edit]

I saw the situation developing at the article on the Battle of Zabadani. And I think we have to look at the time-frame and what the sources really do say. So I have carefully worded the article per the sources. First, I agree that it seems that a large part of the town is not under the control of the government, with the military only focusing on guarding government buildings in the town and the roads into and out of Zabadani. However, the sources are clear that the FSA itself doesn't have any control of Zabadani, with them holding positions outside the city (not being able to enter due to the checkpoints) while the ones who are actually on the streets of Zabadani are civilian opposition members who are organising the protests. Second, I do not agree the battle is ongoing because too much time has passed since the last phase. Three months, and the sources themselves state that battle ended with the military regaining control of Zabadani. So the event that the article covers is done. If there is a new event create a new article. However, as it seems, there is no actual battle for the city. The Army won the battle. Now it seems more of a situation where the military controls the critical points of the city, while they are letting the opposition protesters roam free on the streets. Again...three months, too much time has passed. All this now is for the aftermath section of the battle. EkoGraf (talk) 16:59, 2 June 2012 (UTC)

Sounds fine with me. I was just going along with the wording in the Economist that "much of the town is again under opposition control." From the sources it appears that the Syrian army has control of the entrances to the town, but does not control the town, perhaps because the army fears attacks if they station throughout the town, or perhaps because they are physically not able to. The Guardian source also appears to say that there's a truce or fragile peace in Zabadani with the civilian opposition in control of the town, and the armed opposition and loyalist forces stationed outside the town. But describing it as part of an aftermath section rather than a third phase is fine with me, since the exact details of what is happening in Zabadani is not clear. I think a more accurate heading or subheading for the last paragraph, however, would be either stalemate or truce as stated in the Economist and Guardian. Guest2625 (talk) 00:29, 3 June 2012 (UTC)
Yes the sources clearly say that much of the town is again under opposition control. But they are not under rebel fighter control. They are under opposition civilian control. Also, the military still has a small presence in Zabadani itself at the several government buildings in the town and on the approaches to the town. The FSA is outside the city. So, ok, we agree on that. But, the last edit you made now on the heading and subheading is inaccurate. The article is on the battle for the city from back in January-February. And per the sources you are quoting yourself the Army won that battle and regained control, so there was no truce or stalemate at the time the battle ended. What you call renewed fighting is not a renewed battle for the city, its standard guerilla warfare. There is no fighting for control of Zabadani, only occasional rebel hit-and-run attacks. Cheers! EkoGraf (talk) 12:13, 3 June 2012 (UTC)
Ok I reworded it a bit again. The headings and subheadings. EkoGraf (talk) 12:30, 3 June 2012 (UTC)

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Free Syrian Army[edit]

Please don't remove POV tags until the dispute is resolved. Next time, read entire the talk page before assuming that said POV isn't mentioned. Thanks. Armins (talk) 08:16, 31 July 2012 (UTC)

It is done. Sorry if the previous post sounds a bit rude. In my opinion, after reading the numerous disputes on the talk page I did not feel like the previous POV dispute was resolved despite the tag having been previously removed. Armins (talk) 09:02, 31 July 2012 (UTC)

Hafez al-Asad[edit]

This thing about his gradfather being a Turkish wrestler, I believe it's in Zahler's book. I'll fix the citation after the article gets a peer review, then I believe it could pass as a good article, with few additional informations. I just need to make a good prose. --Wustenfuchs 14:19, 13 August 2012 (UTC)

The information about the Turkish wrestler is in Seale's book. It's in the first paragraph of the book see this link [1]. The paragraph states that his grandfather fought a Turkish wrestler that was going through his village and then beat him. It was because of his strength and fighting ability that he subsequently got the nickname Wahhish. I haven't read all the other new material, but I checked this paragraph, since it was added to the Assad family article. The additional material is good, but I agree that the prose needs some work to have a more encyclopedic tone, especially, the material that comes from Seale's book. Guest2625 (talk) 21:52, 13 August 2012 (UTC)
Crap... yes, I haven't saw that. I'll revert my self. About the prose, I gave the article for the peer review. The "Presidency" section is mixed up. Iraq-Iran war is at the bottom, while it should be at the top of the "After dissolution of the FAR" subsection, other paragraphs also need to be moved somewhere else etc. --Wustenfuchs 00:04, 15 August 2012 (UTC)

FSA War crimes[edit]

I never said they were the FSA, I only said rebels but noted, with proper sources, that the towns in which the killings happened are FSA-controlled (sources don't mention any mujahideen presence). So there is no OR, everything is written per the sources, please refrain from unfounded accusations and assuming bad faith, that is not per Wikipedia rules on civility. Thank you. EkoGraf (talk) 13:31, 17 August 2012 (UTC)

This discussion should be carried out on the FSA article's talk page. There are a number of other editors who disagree with you. Guest2625 (talk) 21:13, 17 August 2012 (UTC)
I will also tell you here what I told you over at the talk pages. It can be stated that your removal of the sourced info at the FSA article, on the basis that maybe they were mujahedeen, can be considered OR or POV, due to the fact that all of the provided sources state that the towns in which the killings took place are FSA-controlled, no mention of mujahedeen or SLA presence. As for the separation line, like I said at the talk page, there is no rule that the infobox combatants in the Battle of Aleppo article must be a copy-paste from the main war article. Besides, sources have been provided that during this battle the jihadists have been cooperating and coordinating with the FSA and viceversa (already provided you with one source), thus they are allies during this battle. The separation line was proposed as a compromise solution for the Kurds exclusivly due to their ambiguous loyalties in a previous discussion from a few weeks ago. EkoGraf (talk) 22:52, 17 August 2012 (UTC)

Providing three sources confirming that the rebels throwing postal workers of the roof were FSA. Hope that satisfies you. One source is the LA times, which quoted a report by an opposition activist. While another is a report by the Al Monitor, which is considered reliable and notable (read the Wiki page on them). EkoGraf (talk) 23:04, 17 August 2012 (UTC)

As far as the military.com source goes, fine, remove it. However, the report by the opposition activist can be used by all means. We have used reports by hundreds of opposition activists on all the Syria civil war articles without question when they reported on potential killings by government forces. There is no reason to exclude this one when the FSA is identified as the killer. Also, provided sources that identify the killers of that government soldier, who was executed by his own grave, as members of an FSA brigade. I have even named the brigade per the sources. Hope that also satisfies you. EkoGraf (talk) 00:15, 18 August 2012 (UTC)

Did you even read the new sources I added? The reuters source I added identifies the fighters that killed the soldier as being members of the Amr bin al-Aas brigade, while the other source identifies them being a FSA brigade. What is there not to understand there? What is OR there? Please, stop edit warring. I have been trying to be as compromising as I can by adding sources upon sources to identify them as FSA, but you have not shown even an ounce of good faith or attempts at trying to reach a compromise. Instead you are just removing the information again and again even when sources have been presented, on the basis that the sources themselves might be OR and thus wrong, which is OR in on itself. Other editors would have accused you of pov-pushing on this issue a long time ago, instead I have been trying to provide you with sources and am still trying to find a compromise. Please show at least some good faith. EkoGraf (talk) 01:07, 18 August 2012 (UTC)

I added yet another source from Al Jazeera [2] in which an FSA commander semi-admits to the possibility of the postal killers being FSA fighters. You want me to continue adding sources? You got the LA times, al-Monitor and al-Jazeera now, all reliable and notable sources. EkoGraf (talk) 10:45, 18 August 2012 (UTC)

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I apologize! I should not have warned you. The edits were happening so fast, I was confused who was adding "playboy". Again my apology. Cheers Jim1138 (talk) 04:44, 24 August 2012 (UTC)

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Graph idea[edit]

Hard to read even at 300px

Since you have so much better graphical talent than I do, I wonder if you might be interested in fixing this one? Its fonts are too small to read. Please let me know what you think. —Cupco 19:08, 28 September 2012 (UTC)

U.S. mean family net worth by percentile of net worth (1989–2010).
I recropped the image and moved around the legend making it a little bigger. I also added a larger title which allows the graph to be readable at 200px. If I had the original data set, I could create a new graph that had more visible lines, larger axis font and color. Guest2625 (talk) 01:58, 29 September 2012 (UTC)
That looks fantastic! Thank you! —Cupco 04:26, 29 September 2012 (UTC)

Do you think you can make File:MeanNetWorth2007.png any better? Apparently there is raw data for it, three years newer, somewhere under [3] but I haven't found it yet. —Cupco 03:49, 3 October 2012 (UTC)

Here's a version of the graph. I might change it in the future. Guest2625 (talk) 14:33, 3 October 2012 (UTC)
Again, fantastic! Many thanks. —Cupco 15:08, 3 October 2012 (UTC)

Battle of Damascus (2012)[edit]

Please see the Battle of Damascus (2012). the battle is clearly ongoing as numerous sources make clear (see the article and the article talk page for the sources), but User:EkoGraf is insisting the battle is over, simply because the regime claimed it was over. بروليتاريا (talk) 22:40, 5 October 2012 (UTC)

I am not insisting. Multiple sources have been provided, including a few that are not coming from the regime. And it is not just me, several other editors have also edited the article in a way that the battle is over. The article Battle of Damascus (2012) covers the rebel offensive back from July, which ultimately failed to capture the metropolitan area of Damascus. That was a highly notable event which deserved its own article. The rebel operational name of the battle Damascus volcano was also agreed to after a discussion on the talk page. We already have an article on the current fighting, it is called Rif Dimashq offensive (which covers fighting in and around Damascus). If we try and reopen an old battle than it would be simply content forking, which is not according to Wikipedia rules. It has already been pointed out in the result section of the Battle of Damascus (2012) that the fighting later continued with the offensive. Your sources point to rebel attacks and clashes, which were happening long before the July Battle of Damascus, nothing in the sources about further rebel attempts to capture the metropolitan area of Damascus, which was the stated aim of their operation Damascus Volcano from July. EkoGraf (talk) 13:54, 6 October 2012 (UTC)

Closing remarks on splitting procedure for "Battle of Al-Qusayr"[edit]

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Your thoughts are requested[edit]

I’ve started a move request to change the title of the article Al-Nusra Front to Protect the Levant to Al-Nusra, per WP:commonname. Your input is appreciated. -- FutureTrillionaire (talk) 00:57, 13 October 2012 (UTC)

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A Tax-deductible barnstar for you![edit]

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I award you this tax-deductible Barnstar for your tax related contributions. Morphh (talk) 14:29, 1 November 2012 (UTC)

Correlation does not imply causation, even in economics[edit]

Regarding your last statement here, there are lots of results in economics (such as the laws of supply and demand) where a causal relation has been established, but not by simply observing a correlation between two variables. In economics, as in other sciences, establishing that A causes B is different from establishing that there is a correlation between A and B.

Supply and demand I don't think is some sort of great correlative/causation result. A supply/demand curve is simply a graphing technique for data be it hypothetical or real -- nothing more nothing less. It's a way to display observed or hypothesised results of demand, supply and prices. The more interesting result is that people usually assume with supply/demand that greater demand leads to greater prices and that vice versa lower demand leads to lower prices. This result obviously does not need to be the case, and the actual relationship depends completely on what, when, where, how, why the product was being sold and bought in a market of real humans not a hypothetical market where individuals are rational profit maximisers.

For example, mankind has known for millennia that there's a correlation between foul smells and certain kinds of disease. For most of that time it was thought that foul smells caused disease. It is only in the last couple of centuries that we've known that both bad smells and many diseases have a common origin in bad hygiene. The fallacy of cum hoc ergo propter hoc is as relevant in economics as it is in medicine. Gabbe (talk) 13:58, 6 November 2012 (UTC)

I'm not questioning that correlation does not necessarily mean causation. I'm sure we can name an endless list of examples and have a great laugh. I'm just saying that in the social sciences it is pretty easy to use this argument, especially bolstered in strength when stated in Latin, to brush off a number of conclusions. What's important in the scientific method is the degree of correlation and reproducibility. In the social sciences reproducibility is the problem because you're studying a fixed set of real world macro data which you're not able to increase upon by doing experiments. I feel that instead of using Latin phrases people should attempt to articulate nuanced explanations of why they think or do not think a conclusion for a set of data is true or not true. Catch phrases are a dime a dozen. hmm and that's a catch phrase itself. Guest2625 (talk) 23:38, 6 November 2012 (UTC)
Precisely. That's my whole point about that graph. In itself, it says nothing about whether one of these variables causes the other or not. Just like this one. That doesn't mean that the graph should be expunged from every article on Wikipedia. But it does mean that it should be accompanied by a commentary discussing whether these two things are connected or not. A commentary that is properly attributed (preferably to academic sources instead of political advocacy groups). Where such a commentary is lacking, inclusion of this image can be misleading. Gabbe (talk) 07:54, 7 November 2012 (UTC)

Talkback[edit]

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Can you comment on this? FutureTrillionaire (talk) 00:07, 10 November 2012 (UTC)

Please comment on the New New proposal. -- FutureTrillionaire (talk) 17:23, 12 November 2012 (UTC)

Nav box fixes[edit]

Thanks for fixing the Economics navbox to make it Wikipedia 'standards compliant'. I wonder if you could also have a look at and maybe comment on these two? Thanks, LK (talk) 02:26, 22 November 2012 (UTC)

To change the renewable energy source sidebar to a collapsible list wouldn't be difficult; the history of China one would take longer. I don't want to change them at the moment because I don't follow these two topics and I'm not sure what kind of formatting that the other editors want on the affected pages. Take a look at the following Template:Taxation, Template:US_taxation, and Template:Economics sidebar to get an idea of how to make a sidebar list on your own. Guest2625 (talk) 03:10, 24 November 2012 (UTC)

A barnstar for you![edit]

Original Barnstar Hires.png The Original Barnstar
I've just looked at Libor Scandal and it seems like you've done some exceptional work on that article! Thanks! LukeSurl t c 01:10, 20 December 2012 (UTC)


Thanks, for the Barnstar. Guest2625 (talk) 05:14, 22 December 2012 (UTC)

Harish Rawat Trophy[edit]

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for the brilliant editing done on the tax evasion page. Harishrawat11 (talk) 02:08, 10 January 2013 (UTC)


thanks for the trophy. Guest2625 (talk) 01:45, 13 January 2013 (UTC)

April 2013[edit]

In a 2008 arbitration case, administrators were given the power to impose discretionary sanctions on any user working on articles concerning the Arab-Israeli conflict, broadly construed. Before any such sanctions are imposed, editors are put on notice of the decision. You can read the full decision here. If you engage in further inappropriate behaviour in this area, you may be placed under sanctions including blocks, a revert limitation or an article/topic ban. Thank you. -- Director (talk) 14:41, 7 April 2013 (UTC)

Guest is not engaging in inappropriate behavior. You are by accusing bad faith where none exists. Sopher99 (talk) 15:29, 7 April 2013 (UTC)
How strange, the lobby members covering their backs mutually...--HCPUNXKID (talk) 23:16, 22 June 2013 (UTC)

Capitalization of "civil war"[edit]

Hey, can you comment on this?--FutureTrillionaire (talk) 17:29, 29 June 2013 (UTC)

More NSA PRISM slides and Boundless Informant slides[edit]

Hi! If you want to upload more slides from NSA programs:

WhisperToMe (talk) 21:20, 10 July 2013 (UTC)

Data source for PPP conversion in "List of minimum wages by country"[edit]

An anonymous user has asked me to use the IMF data for PPP conversion in the article template for the article List of minimum wages by country. The person's interest is in Argentina, and their argument is that, as Argentina has a high rate of inflation, using the World Bank's 2011 data makes the Argentine minimum wage in international dollars highly inaccurate. World Bank does have 2012 figures for most countries now. In Argentina's case, the IMF 2012 figure is 36% less than the WB 2012 figure, and the IMF 2013 figure is about 14% higher than the IMF 2012 figure. So it seems that there is greater variation due to a change in source than due to inflation when it comes to Argentia. I compared the completeness of PPP data for 2012 between the two up to Cuba. WB lacked data on 7 countries covered by the article, and IMF lacked 2. However, the IMF data is shaded, indicating it is a staff estimate.

I like the IMF data for its completeness and up-to-dateness, but I suspect the older WB data is more accurate for its time. If I were deciding on my own, I'd keep the WB data in place, at least for now, just because I'd rather spend my time getting all the countries templatized, and I could worry about data sources after. I'd be interested in any feedback you may have on the issue, though. --Greenbreen (talk) 00:25, 5 August 2013 (UTC)

Sales tax graph[edit]

Guest2625, you restored File:Average Effective Sales Tax of the 50 States (2007).gif on Taxation in the United States saying "Nothing wrong with this graph. It helps to illustrate this part of the article with relevant sales tax information." But does it? Who pays a 2.1 effective sales tax rate? It's a mismash of 50 states and doesn't seem to make much sense at all. If we're going to include one, I much prefer the graph you uploaded here File:Average_State_and_Local_Taxes_for_All_States,_2007.jpg, which is supposedly attributed to the same ITEP research. Or better, we could use your graph here File:19237_TaxFoundation_v2.gif which shows how the revenue of each state is divided and include something with regard to the overall burdens of each state. That would be more relevant than mashing 50 states, some with high sales taxes and some with none, into a single graph statistic that is not meaningful to anyone. Morphh (talk) 14:57, 6 January 2014 (UTC)

If you want to go with the File:Average_State_and_Local_Taxes_for_All_States,_2007.jpg graph instead I'm fine with that. It's important to remember that the article that is being illustrated is Taxation in the United States, therefore, it's important that an equal balance is placed on federal, state, and local taxes. The average state incidence bar chart serves that purpose. For a pedagogical idea of how to present information for this article have a look at Paul Krugman's Microeconomics book on page 188 and the section called 'Taxes in the United States'. Paul Krugman a Nobel prize winner has nothing against using ITEP's average incidence data for the States' taxes. The specific title and information of the textbook is: Paul Krugman, Robin Wells, Microeconomics, Edition 2, revised, Macmillan, 2008 ISBN 0716771594, 9780716771593, Page: 188. Guest2625 (talk) 03:49, 8 January 2014 (UTC)

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Template:International dollars/data/2012[edit]

Hello. I removed the CIA info for Andorra and Cuba, as it is impossible to calculate a PPP value for these countries with the information provided by the CIA site. Please tell me exactly how did you arrive to the present values. Thanks. Pristino (talk) 18:27, 21 May 2014 (UTC)

Yes I guess I should have been more clear how I got the PPP values from the CIA Factbook. You can get them by doing the following:
GDP($)/GDP(PPP) * Exchange rate (LCU/$) ==> PPP conversion factor (LCU/PPP)
Therefore, for Andorra $4.8 billion($)/$3.163 billion(PPP) * 0.7185 (LCU/$) = 1.09 (LCU/PPP)
and for Cuba $72.3 billion($)/$121 billion(PPP) * 25 (LCU/$) = 14.9 (LCU/PPP)
The 25 (LCU/$) was calculated from the State Department information of 225 Cuban pesos / $9 or see the following link [4] Guest2625 (talk) 13:30, 22 May 2014 (UTC)