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Some facts and thoughts about the UN on its 75th birthday

On October 24th, 1945, shortly after the end of World War II, the United Nations (UN) were founded in San Francisco as...

Wansei Back, a movie about Japanese born in Taiwan

After the First Sino-Japanese War in 1894/95, by signing the Treaty of Shimonoseki on April 17th, 1895, China was forced to concede...

Former “Free China” developing a distinct Taiwanese identity

Taiwan, according to the current Constitution still called the "Republic of China", was baptized "Formosa" by some Portuguese sailors which never went...

160 years ago, the road to Peking was opened up by force

The Battle of Baliqiao between Anglo-French and Chinese forces on the morning of September 21st, 1860 was the culmination of the Second...

About the very different drinking culture in Taiwan

In Mandarin, days and months don’t have proper names like in Western languages, but are just numbered. So the 9th of September...

Taiwanese tourists still excluded from the EU, but not the UK

On March 9th, 1973 ideological foes Francoist Spain and Maoist China established diplomatic relations. The Spanish Embassy in Taipei, in what was...

First and Third World administration

In my humble opinion, a modern State is also defined by an effective administration that takes its citizens and their issues seriously....

Last kamikaze mission during World War II

The desperate Japanese suicide missions flown during the last stage of World War II in the Pacific, carried out by what was...

Multicultural forensic anthropology

During the last years that I spent in Taiwan before coming back to Spain temporarily in early 2018, my Taiwanese girlfriend and...

The “Hun speech” as an early example of political propaganda

The alleged “Hun speech“ by the German Kaiser is a sad example of how manipulated words lead to disastrous consequences.

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Singapore and Taiwan: No diplomatic relations, but military ties

Though an exchange of trade missions between both countries occurred in 1969, Singapore never had diplomatic relations with the Republic of China...

Vidkun Quisling, a name that became a synonym for collaboration

Norwegian military office and politician Vidkun Quisling was executed at Akershus Fortress, a medieval castle in the Norwegian capital Oslo, on October...

The controversy about Retrocession Day on October 25th, 1945

After the First Sino-Japanese War in 1894/95, by signing the Treaty of Shimonoseki on April 17th, 1895, China was originally forced to...

Some facts and thoughts about the UN on its 75th birthday

On October 24th, 1945, shortly after the end of World War II, the United Nations (UN) were founded in San Francisco as...

VOX motion of no-confidence against Pedro Sánchez fails

As expected, on October 22nd, 2020 the motion of no-confidence filed by the conservative party VOX failed after a heated two-day debate...
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