Category Archives: History

You Can’t Understand ISIS If You Don’t Know the History of Wahhabism in Saudi Arabia

Hardly anyone knows the acronym ISIS a year ago. Today it is a prominent buzz word that is usually associated with barbarism and cruelty in Iraq. One would have thought  that humanity would have left  such cruelties into obscurity in today’s world. … Continue reading

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Humanitarian response to bring more human sufferings

Syrian is in the midst of a civil war, and humanitarian intervention response is being contemplated by the West again. It somewhat ironic that the so-called most civilised states in the world are the most likely to resort to military … Continue reading

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建党伟业 – an epic movie

I went to my favourite Chinese DVD shop recently, and the first movie the shop owner recommended was this movie. 建党伟业  (jiàn dăng wĕi yè) or the English name – Beginning of the Great Revival is a recent bid budget epic … Continue reading

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清明上河图 – Animated version

清明上河图 (qīng míng shàng hé tú ) or “Along the river during Qingming” is one of the most famous Chinese painting. It was painted by Zhang Zeduan (1085-1145) during the Northern Song era depicting everyday live in the Song capital … Continue reading

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Lecture series on Southern Song

 百家讲坛 is a rather influential Chinese TV (CCTV10) educational public lecture series on a number of interesting Chinese historical topics. Following are the hyperlinks to the lectures on Southern Song dynasty by 袁腾飞 (Yuan Tengfei): (Note: Each lecture or link … Continue reading

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