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A long lunch with a contemporary witness

Today I was invited for lunch by a 90-year-old lady at her home in the neighborhood. She is mentally and physically still quite fit...

The forgotten Indian mutiny of 1946

A short, but critical event that hastened the end of British colonial rule on the Indian subcontinent took place on February 18th, 1946: the...

Helmut Schmidt’s mighty German Hair Force

Before Social Democratic politician and World War II Air Force veteran Helmut Schmidt (1918-2015) became Chancellor of the Federal Republic of Germany (FRG), he served as...

Ma Ying-jeou, mayor of Taipei and President of Taiwan

While I also know his predecessor Chen Shui-bian (born 1950) personally, as his short-time Spanish teacher I somehow have a special relationship with Conservative...

Günter Schabowski, the man that opened the Berlin Wall by mistake

East German Communist Günter Schabowski, who made history during a press conference broadcast live on television in the evening of November 9, 1989 by...

Cuba, Red China’s first stronghold in the Caribbean

The world’s largest and smallest communist states, the People's Republic of China (PRC) and Cuba became close friends on September 28th, 1960. After anti-communist Cuban...

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 the successor...

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 ashore and...

Germany is Our Problem, reviewed by The New York Times

Orville Prescott (1906-1996), the main book critic for The New York Times for 24 years, on October 5th, 1945 published a positive review of...

Celebrating outstanding writer Eileen Chang’s 100th birthday

Widely considered the best Chinese writer of her generation, essayist and novelist Chang Ai-ling, originally named Chang Yang and better known as Eileen Chang,...

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