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When a gay German Minister irritated his Chinese hosts

Former German Foreign Minister, Vice Chancellor and chairman of Free Democratic Party (Freie Demokratische Partei, FDP) Guido Westerwelle, born on December 27th, 1961 in Bad Honnef, died...

William Morgan, from revolutionary hero to executed traitor

William Alexander Morgan Ruderth, “el Comandante Yankee”, the American who helped Cuban revolutionary Fidel Castro (1926-2016) to secure victory, was executed by firing squad on March...

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...

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...

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...

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...

Spanish YouTuber insulted and threatened for moving to Andorra

Rubén Doblas Gundersen (born 1990), better known by his pseudonym El Rubius, is a Spanish-Norwegian YouTube personality, whose channel primarily consists of gameplay and...

Impressions from Taiwan in the 1970s

Today I watched a short documentary about Taiwan from the 1970s with a quite charming selection of what could be called Asian elevator music,...

Temporarily, Russia’s sport can feel Taiwan’s pain

On December 9th, 2019, the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) in Montreal handed Russia a four-year ban from all major sporting events after the nation...

Shiba Gorō, the Japanese hero of the Boxer Rebellion in China

Japanese General Shiba Gorō, who played a significant role during the 1900 xenophobic Boxer Rebellion in China, died on December 13th, 1945 in war-ravaged...

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