Month: October 2021

Det Forjættede Land – Israels genopståen

Det er en skelnesættende periode for Israel, og selvom forhenværende statsminister Benjamin Netanyahu tror måske at han kan gøre comeback, får han aldrig jobbet tilbage. Når man kigger på konflikten mellem Palæstina og Israel er det ikke svært at få øje på ironien. Jødernes historie fortæller om, hvordan de gentagende gang mistede deres land, og nu er den samme skæbne overgået palæstinenserne – ikke mindst dem i Gaza. Et tilbageblik på jødernes historie leverer svaret på Israels motivation og deres skæbne i det 21. århundrede

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China 1.0 and 2.0: Revolutionary times from Mao to Xi

When Europe and the USA opened up trade with China in the 18th and 19th centuries, there were all sorts of wonderful products they coveted, like furniture, silk and tea, but the Chinese had no particular desire for Western products. Britain had (literally) a quick fix for this, developing poppy fields in India and selling opium to China. Very soon there was an enormous Chinese demand for opium. The Chinese government tried to put a stop to this by banning the import of opium, to which a large proportion of the population in coastal cities became addicted. In the 1st Opium War, when the British navy shelled these cities into submission, China was forced to provide unfettered access to trade with the Treaty of Nanjing in 1842.

That would teach the Chinese to interfere with free trade!
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