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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...

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...

My vague connection with boxing legend Max Schmeling

Germany´s most famous boxer Max Schmeling, later nicknamed “Black Uhlan (a light cavalryman) of the Rhine” because that’s where his career started,...

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...

160 years ago, the road to Peking was opened up by force

The Battle of Baliqiao between Anglo-French and Chinese forces on the morning of September 21st, 1860 was the culmination of the Second...

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...

About the very different drinking culture in Taiwan

In Mandarin, days and months don’t have proper names like in Western languages, but are just numbered. So the 9th of September...

55 years ago, Alsatian polymath Albert Schweitzer died in Africa

On September 4th, 1965 German theologian, musician, philosopher, physician, humanitarian and 1952 Nobel Peace Prize laureate Albert Schweitzer died at the hospital...

“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...

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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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