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Some reflections on the occasion of my 300th article in less than a year

While I was still living in Taiwan, some people asked me to start writing a blog because they thought that I had many interesting...

130 years ago, the Trans–Siberian Railway project was announced

On March 9th, 1891, the Imperial Russian government under Tsar Alexander III (1845-1894) issued a rescript in which it announced its intention to construct what became...

Switzerland bans face coverings in public

Switzerland, a wealthy country in the heart of Europe, has a population of 8.4 million people, 5.4% of which are Muslims, mostly originating from...

Blue cheese and stinky tofu

One of the big differences between cultures is the food that people with a completely diverse historical, geographical and social background usually consume. What some...

Kurusu Saburō, the man who couldn’t preserve peace

Kurusu Saburō, the Japanese career diplomat who as a special envoy tried to negotiate peace with the United States before the outbreak of World War...

France bans defenders of Europe’s distinct cultural identity

The Identitarian Movement or Identitarianism is a pan-European nativist movement asserting the undeniable right of Europeans and peoples of European descent to claim their culture and territories. Génération Identitaire, the youth...

Why Xi won’t congratulate Gorbachev on his 90th birthday

Mikhail Sergeyevich Gorbachev, the eighth and last leader of the Soviet Union, considered by die-hard Communists to be the gravedigger of a great idea,...

The Good Earth by Pearl S. Buck, published 90 years ago

The Good Earth, a historical fiction novel about China by American author Pearl S. Buck (1892 -1973) was first published on March 2nd, 1931 by the specialized...

A very long journey back to Taiwan

I actually started to prepare my return to Asia last June when I got in touch with some old colleagues working at Taiwan’s Representative...

Olof Palme, Sweden’s tragic political figure

Sweden’s best-known politician, Social Democratic Prime Minister Olof Palme was assassinated under mysterious circumstances on February 28th, 1986 in his home town of Stockholm. It’s...

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