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Amancio Ortega, the Spanish self-made man

Spanish billionaire businessman Amancio Ortega Gaona was born on March 28th, 1936 as the youngest of four children in the small village of Busdongo de...

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...

The Good Earth by Pearl S. Buck, published 90 years ago

The Good Earth, a historical fiction novel about China by American author Pearl S. Buck (1892 -1973) was first published on March 2nd, 1931 by the specialized...

American broadcaster William Joyce, staunch supporter of National Socialist Germany

William Joyce, an American anti-British propaganda broadcaster of Irish descent who had taken German citizenship during World War II, was hanged on January 3rd,...

Some thoughts on New Year’s Day

At the beginning of the year 2021 and after posting 250 articles in nine months, I would like to thank my readers for their...

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...

CNN, Trump and the truth

Believe it or not, about 30 years ago I decided not to replace the broken old television set in the flat I was renting...

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...

Ma Haide, China’s communist American doctor

Shafick George Hatem, better known under his Chinese name Ma Haide, the American doctor of Lebanese descent who in the 1930s was the first...

“Oracle of Omaha”celebrates 90th birthday

Warren Edward Buffett, one of the most successful investors of all time, was born on August 30th, 1930 in Omaha, Nebraska. As the chairman...

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