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Disgraced former Taiwanese president Chen Shui-bian turns 70

Former Taiwanese president Chen Shui-bian was born on October 12th, 1950 into a poor farming family in Tainan County in southern Taiwan....

Richard Sorge, German master spy in Japan

Richard Sorge, German press correspondent in Tokyo and head of a very successful Soviet espionage group during World War II, was born...

80 years ago, the Tripartite Pact was signed in Berlin

The Tripartite Pact, also known as the Berlin Pact, was an agreement between signed on September 27th, 1940 between Germany, Italy and...

The Treaty of Portsmouth ends the Russo-Japanese War

The negotiations between Czarist Russia and Imperial Japan about ending the war they had been fighting since February 8th, 1904, arranged by...

Last kamikaze mission during World War II

The desperate Japanese suicide missions flown during the last stage of World War II in the Pacific, carried out by what was...

In memoriam Lee Teng-hui, first native President of Taiwan

Lee Teng-hui, one of Asia’s most relevant leaders of the 20th century, passed away on July 30th, aged 97.

Taiwan´s imperial subjects still speak Japanese

Many of the elderly that were educated under Nippon’s colonial rule still are fluent in Japanese and happy to use it among their fellows.

Happy 104th birthday, Dame de Havilland!

Congratulations to the most famous movie star from the Golden Age of Hollywood Cinema still alive!

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.

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The planned assault of Spain’s General Council of the Judiciary

By trying to hastily reform the way appointments are made to Spain’s judicial regulatory body, the General Council of the Judiciary (Consejo...

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...
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