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Mauricio Ruiz is a writer and journalist who has lived in the US, Belgium, Mexico and Norway. His work has appeared in Words Without Borders, CatapultThe CommonThe RumpusElectric LiteratureJMWWRiver TeethLiteral Magazine, among others. He's been shortlisted for the Bridport Prize and Myriad Editions Competition in the UK, as well as the Fish Short Story Prize in Ireland. He has received fellowships from OMI writers (NY), Société des auteurs (Belgium), Jakob Sande (Norway), Can Serrat (Spain), and the Three Seas' Council (Rhodes). His second book, Silencios al sur, was published in early 2017, and his work has partially been translated into Dutch and French. Mauricio Ruiz can be followed on Twitter and Instagram.

29 November 2022

Which countries have the most UNESCO World Heritage sites?

Italy is now home to the largest number of UNESCO world heritage sites in the world, as reported by the World Economic Forum (WEF). After the […]
24 November 2022

Former Nazi airport turned into leisure hotspot in Berlin

Berlin’s Tempelhof airport has been closed since 2007, but the contrast between its tumultuous history and current use is like a metaphor for the entire city, […]
23 November 2022

The history of Thanksgiving

It’s that time of the year when the air is filled with the aroma of pumpkin spice. The fourth Thursday in November has become one of […]
18 November 2022

Did you know of the strangest aircraft ever conceived?

In Nazi Germany, many different designs of aircraft were developed for vertical takeoff. Perhaps the most unusual of these interceptors was the Focke-Wulf Triebflugel, which was […]
17 November 2022

Who really invented the lightbulb?

Most people associate the invention of the lightbulb to Thomas Edison, yet names like Alessandro Volta, Humphrey Davy and Joseph Swan played a key role in […]
16 November 2022

Archaeologists have discovered the earliest written sentence in human history

Archaeologists in Israel have found an ancient comb dating back some 3,700 years that probably has the oldest known complete sentence in Canaanite alphabetic script, according […]
9 November 2022

TV series Peaky Blinders helps put Birmingham on the map

The huge TV hit Peaky Blinders and the Commonwealth Games are not typical “bedfellows”. One is all about a notorious gang of criminals who wreak havoc […]
28 September 2022

How climate change is affecting a centuries-old Indigenous festival in the Andes

The Andes are the longest mountain range in the world, spanning over Venezuela, Colombia, Ecuador, Bolivia, Chile, Argentina and Peru. In Peru, the mountains house 70% […]
13 September 2022

How many countries did Queen Elizabeth II reign over?

Queen Elizabeth II had a long and eventful life. Her Majesty ascended to the throne when she was just 26 years old, after her father, King […]
13 September 2022

These are all the countries Queen Elizabeth II visited during her 70-year reign

The whole world paused on 8 September when Bucking Palace confirmed that Queen Elizabeth II died. Her Majesty was the UK’s longest reigning monarch, marking 70 […]
9 September 2022

The history of the black box

A black box is a flight data recorder (FDR), nowadays fitted on each and every plane. They record dozens of parameters collected several times per second […]
8 September 2022

A tour of what it means to be Christian in multicultural Kazakhstan

Kazakhstan is a country of diverse cultures and religions. They coexist in harmony, respect, and tolerance. It is not by chance that the 7th Congress of Leaders […]
7 September 2022

7 Chinese traditions to celebrate the Mid-Autumn Festival

The Mid-Autumn Festival, also known as the Moon Festival or Mooncake Festival, is a traditional festival celebrated in Chinese culture. Similar holidays are celebrated in Japan (Tsukimi), Korea (Chuseok), Vietnam (Tết Trung Thu), and other countries in East and Southeast […]
30 August 2022

19 embassies in Brussels to open their doors to the public for the first time during Heritage Days

The 34th edition of the “Heritage Days” will take place in Brussels on the weekend of 17 and 18 September. Heritage Days are a unique opportunity […]
25 August 2022

Belgium’s KU Leuven will celebrate its 600th anniversary in 2025

Leuven’s Catholic University (KU Leuven) will celebrate its 600th anniversary in 2025. It’s one of Europe’s oldest universities and according to Belga news agency, it ranks […]
24 August 2022

Who invented the World Wide Web?

Over the past decades, the English Tim Berners-Lee has been acclaimed for inventing the World Wide Web (the Web). Much less credit has been given to […]
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