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Taiwan:big China or little Japan?

Posted by: Massimo Merlino in geopolitic

The beautiful Governor Palace, Japanese colonial style, a bit German with its central Tower, welcome tourists in Taipei, focusing immediately our memory on 1895-1945 Japanese occupation. The name of Taipei was Taihoku, district of Japan. Notwithstanding the Chinese continue declaration of Taiwan pertaining to China, the island was Chinese only from 1875 to 1895, first […] Read more

Celtic Tiger is roaring again

Posted by: Massimo Merlino in geopolitic

Shannon river is stretching his blue-green waves in large curves in front of a door of God, the monastery of Clonmacnoise, Gaelic language for “The farm of Noah’s sons”. I will never forget that sense of peace and beauty of central Ireland, renovated in every trip to this green pearl of the world. First time […] Read more

UNDERSTANDING RUSSIA

Posted by: Massimo Merlino in geopolitic

In 1968 I moved to Naples to work in a Mobil Oil Refinery planning. To break the invisible wall between “foreigner” and local people, I decided to enrol myself in a Russian language course, at the time of cool war, only available in Italia-URSS Association. I met a very nice Russian teacher, wife of a […] Read more

Kazakhstan euro-asian frontier

Posted by: Massimo Merlino in geopolitic

“USSR was putting our soldiers in the first rows, because we can run trough the bullets”, says kazak Professor in Varna Congress, while taking my fingers in his scars on the head and shoulder. “Each of us values 20 Russian soldiers”, continues remembering also Afghanistan war. Kazaki are very proud of theirselves and of their […] Read more

WORLD CULTURE IN ITALY IN GIARDINI OF VENICE

Posted by: Massimo Merlino in geopolitic

After pandemic partial recovery, a masked visit to Biennale di Architettura in Giardini of Venice, postponed to 2021. The world has changed completely and so the works presented by so many countries in historical pavillons of years ’30th and in new ones. All the most Western developed countries presents social-ecological themes regarding communities, co-working, co-ownership, […] Read more

Sport games? Not only, geopolitical also.

Posted by: Massimo Merlino in geopolitic

Many econometric models try to forecast the number of Olympic medals for each country. Some are regression of population size,GDP per capita value, hosting of games, historical statistics. Some are more focused on sociocultural variables. Also the Banner’s one, quite famous, was not so much functioning for 2020 Olympic games.Let’s try a more synthetic geopolitical […] Read more

Foreword

Posted by: Massimo Merlino in geopolitic

Why this small book? It has very far roots. During my primary school in Caldonazzo, Trentino, a bit after the end of second WW, I was often entertaining the other boys of my classroom with “conferences” on geography. I was around 7 years old. I remember a big terrace looking to the mountain and my […] Read more

UNITED ?? STATES OF AMERICA

Posted by: Massimo Merlino in geopolitic

I started traveling in USA in 1978, having opportunity to cross the country many times from East to West, and staying there not only for tourism, from Niagara falls to Monument Valley, from Yellowstone to Yosemite parks, but also for working reasons in the Chicago area until 1996. I loved a lot USA: with Norway […] Read more

ARGENTINA, A SLEEPING HIGH POTENTIAL COUNTRY

Posted by: Massimo Merlino in geopolitic

“Too many tangos in Buenos Ayres”, says to me a young Brazilian guide in beautiful Iguaz├╣ cascade area. I remember this statement because in its simplicity it’s true, There’s something hypnotic in the national music of Argentina, sad, nostalgic as an Italian immigrant could be, sensually danced but not energetic toward a nice future. Argentina […] Read more

The third historical empire wants to flower again

Posted by: Massimo Merlino in geopolitic

As Italian, you don’t need many web news to position the geopolitical potential of Iran. It was sufficient to me to contemplate the enormous rock sculpture near Persepolis, representing Roman Emperor Valeriano as prisoner of Sassanide king Sapur I in 260 after Christ: never a Roman Emperor was imprisoned by a Roman enemy, not even […] Read more

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