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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.

The “Red Caliph” goes to heaven

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

Showing the Spanish national flag now illegal?

There are more worrisome news about freedom of speech in Spain.

Using junks to conquer an island: the strange case of Hainan in 1950

The conquest of the Chinese island of Hainan by Mao’s communists in the spring of 1950 saw the successful use of junks against war ships.

Chiang Ching-kuo: son of Chiang Kai-shek and pioneer of democracy

Chiang Ching-kuo´s role in Taiwan was ambivalent, as the former head of the secret police became a pioneer of democracy.

The 19th century Republic of Formosa, not an example for modern Taiwan

The very short-lived Republic of Formosa, although a first attempt of nation building in Taiwan at the end of the 19th century, can’t serve as an example for today’s independence movement on the island.

Alfonso Reyes Cabanas, Spanish sportsman and government critic

Censorship or at least the limitation of free speech is a growing problem in Spain.

Empty churches in Spain, only due to the coronavirus?

Even in once fervently catholic Spain, churches are getting emptier every year.

Coronavirus anecdotes from Spain

Obviously, not everybody in Spain is taking this devastating epidemic seriously.

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