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Sweet memories of Taiwan’s National Day celebrations

Taiwan, officially still called the Republic of China (ROC), celebrates its National Day on October 10th to commemorate the events which led...

Mandela’s ultimately failed trip to Taiwan

Nelson Mandela’s official visit to Taiwan in July 1993 has almost been forgotten.

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.

Post-Apartheid South Africa wins Rugby World Cup

South Africa's unexpected win of the 1995 Rugby World Cup raised hopes that have not been fulfilled.

The EU and the AU share little more than declarations of intent

Africa’s many problems and also its lack of self-reflection represent a big challenge for the European Union.

Democracy à la Merkel

German Chancellor Angela Merkel, raised in a communist household in a communist state, never fully understood real democracy. The recent scandalous events in Thuringia proved it again.

Groote Schuur Minute: De Klerk and Nelson Mandela write history

The negotiations which began in May 1990 between J.W. De Klerk and Nelson Mandela were the beginning of the end of apartheid in South Africa.

20 years ago: Jiang Zemin the first Chinese leader to visit South Africa

The long-lasting triangle relationship between South Africa, China and Taiwan ended when Peking and Pretoria established diplomatic relations in 1998.

The current pandemic and Taiwan’s continuing international isolation

The coronavirus outbreak highlights again Taiwan's difficult international position due to China's might.

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The sunset in Valencia and the city’s decay

I live near the beach and still try to go there every late afternoon for a short swim in the Mediterranean. The...

European barbarianism in China: ruining the Old Summer Palace

The Second Opium War (October 8th, 1856-October 24th, 1860) was successfully fought by the British and the French Empire against Imperial China...

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...

Debunking some separatist myths about Catalonia

Separatist leader Lluís Companys (born 1882) was first sentenced to 30 years in prison on June 6th, 1935 for staging a coup...

Eisenhower’s short visit to Taiwan in 1960

General Dwight D. Eisenhower, the 34th President of the United States from 1953 to 1961, was born on October 14th, 1890 in...
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