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Three years ago, Chinese President Xi Jinping became leader for life

On March 11th, 2018 Chinese President Xi Jinping (born 1953) was allowed to stay in power beyond the two terms that had been established in...

Remembering the 2011 Japan earthquake

Not the deadliest, but by far the costliest natural disaster in world history happened on March 11, 2011, when a magnitude 9.0 earthquake, the...

Why I stay away from the hyped Din Tai Fung restaurant chain

Despite being in every guide book about Taipei in any available language, for me Din Tai Fung is probably the most overrated eating place in...

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,...

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