Saturday, March 21, 2015
It's a mystery to many: Benjamin Netanyahu's campaign gained steam when he ruled out the creation of a Palestinian state, and he seems determined to continue settling occupied land with Jews.
For more than a decade, there have been well-founded concerns about youth disengagement from formal politics.
Kaohsiung citizens, have you ever been warned about the poor air quality? I think most of us would answer yes to this question, but how many of us have really taken this issue into consideration?
In recent years, the global climate has changed a lot. It has become unpredictable and extreme. I have seen a report about the impact of extreme climate change on Taiwan. Taiwan was one of the first countries to be damaged by extreme climate change. Therefore, when I saw this report, I was afraid that the poor air quality would harm our respiratory system. Not only our health would be affected but the coarse air would make a driver's vision blurred. It is very dangerous. Recently when I went out, I could feel that the air was not fresh and it made me uncomfortable.
Friday, March 20, 2015
Nobody knows when exactly, but the day will eventually come when the Federal Reserve nudges its benchmark lending rate from next to zero to something slightly higher.
It was a threat in which an allusion was made over the use of nuclear weapons. His remarks, made as a leader of a nuclear power, were extremely inappropriate and irresponsible.
Palestinian officials believe they can build a stronger case for international pressure on Israel now that Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu appears to have cruised to re-election by adopting hard-line positions.
Not too long ago, I read an article about foreign college students not being worth the cost. To give some background information, a school head from National Sun Yat-sen University said that these students cost the government a lot of money, and that they (we) aren't worth it. The figures given were at least NT$300,000 for public school students, and at least NT$150,000 for private school students.
Speaking of the policy used to encourage local citizens and international backpackers to have a more in-depth and individual means of travel, the first idea that came to my mind was the YouBike in Taipei City, which is free for the first 30 minutes. However, the Taipei government has decided to scrap its policy of not charging for the first 30 minutes of rides using the city's popular bicycle rental system.
Thursday, March 19, 2015
The three population giants in Asia — China, India and Indonesia — have now in place three leaders who are deeply committed to reforms — namely Xi Jinping, Narendra Modi and Jokowi. What is remarkable is that all three leaders share a common background and experience in governing cities or provinces away from the central government. They represent a new generation of leaders that understand the importance of bottom-up and decentralized development.