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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...

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...

Former “Free China” developing a distinct Taiwanese identity

Taiwan, according to the current Constitution still called the "Republic of China", was baptized "Formosa" by some Portuguese sailors which never went...

Bashar al-Assad, a well-educated autocrat

Bashar al-Assad, the second son of former Syrian ruler Hafez al-Assad (1930-2000) and his wife Anisa Makhlouf (1930-2016), who took over the...

The murder of a descendant of King Solomon and the Queen of Sheba

Lij Tafari Mäkonnen, better known as Haile Selassie I, Ethiopia's 225th and last Emperor, was murdered in his palace while under house...

Austria becomes free, sovereign, neutral and democratic

In July 1955, Austria became the free, sovereign, neutral and democratic state that the world knows.

Edgar Snow, pioneering apologist of the Mao cult

Edgar Snow’s groundbreaking book Red Star over China from 1937 remains tarnished by its one-sidedness.

The Korean War saved the Chinese Generalissimo

Although sworn enemies of Taiwan, North Korea and China involuntarily contributed to Taiwan not falling to Communism.

Aung San Suu Kyi, “The Lady” from Burma

Her family background predestined Aung San Suu Kyi to become a political leader in her native Burma.

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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...

VOX motion of no-confidence against Pedro Sánchez fails

As expected, on October 22nd, 2020 the motion of no-confidence filed by the conservative party VOX failed after a heated two-day debate...

October 22nd, 1935: Mao’s Long March finally ends

The famous Long March, a year-long military retreat undertaken by the Communist Chinese Workers' and Peasants' Red Army (the forerunner of the...

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...
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