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Monthly Archives: May, 2020

The Republic of Formosa, a short-lived experiment in Taiwan

The Republic of Formosa, which lasted only for five months, was the reaction to China’s cession of Taiwan to Japan.

Former Spanish Prime Minister harshly criticizes incumbent leader

Former conservative Spanish Prime Minister José María Aznar thinks that incumbent leader Pedro Sánchez just crossed a red line by signing an agreement with radical Basque separatists.

State of alarm in Spain extended for a fifth time

In Spain, the state of alarm was extended again and the use of masks has become compulsory in most situations.

Taiwan President Tsai Ying-wen starts second term

Taiwan’s first female president Tsai Ying-wen starts her second term in office while the world is fighting the coronavirus, which her government has contained very successfully.

Buffalo Town, Taipei’s legendary apartheid disco

During my first night in Taipei I ended up in a disco called Buffalo Town, which in many ways was a quite special place.

Civilizational swaggering in Free China in the 1980s

In the 1980s, people in Taiwan were still proud of their Chinese cultural heritage. Sometimes, I mentioned places in Europe which also have an impressive history, like Cyprus.

Taiwan 2019: same-sex marriage introduced against majority will

Same-sex marriage was legalized in Taiwan exactly one year ago after the nation’s highest court had ruled in favor in 2017, but against a majority of the population.

The “Red Caliph” goes to heaven

Spanish died-in-the-wool communist Julio Anguita passed away on May 16th, 2020.

Dark days in the Golden City of Prague

Horrible events took place at the end of World War II in Prague.

Bleiburg 1945: the beginning of a mostly forgotten tragedy

The atrocities committed by the Independent State of Croatia during World War II are quite well-known, but what happened immediately after it collapsed in 1945 remains mostly in the dark.

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Huang Hua, China’s most important diplomat

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An epic struggle between good and evil in Spain?

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