A referendum is a direct vote in which an entire electorate is asked to either accept or reject a particular proposal. It is one of the three pillars of direct democracy. As such, it tends to be used quite selectively, but referendums have been held quite often, in fact too often, in Taiwan since the Referendum Law took effect at the end of 2003.
2014/5/12, 1 Comment
If I had been Ma Ying-jeou, I wouldn't have run for president. I am a genuine Hoklo, born while Taiwan was under Japanese occupation. Our house was bombed flat by an American warplane.
The battle over Taiwan's Fourth Nuclear Power Plant is over. The Kuomintang, who decided to build what is commonly known as Nuke 4, conditionally surrendered to the Democratic Progressive Party by agreeing to mothball it for the rest of President Ma Ying-jeou's second and last term. He has to step down on May 20, 2016.
Lin Yi-hsiung, a former Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) chairman who ran a successful campaign for President Chen Shui-bian in 2000, was all set to launch a hunger strike on Earth Day yesterday in protest against the ongoing work on Taiwan's Fourth Nuclear Power Plant at Gongliao, commonly known as Nuke 4.
All student protesters from the Sunflower Movement left the Assembly Hall of the Legislative Yuan on Thursday, ending their hijacking of the parliament. Lin Fei-fan and Chen Wei-ting,
With his patience all but lost due to the more than two-week occupation of the Legislative Yuan by Sunflower movement student activists, President Ma Ying-jeou finally realized that when the going gets tough, the tough get going. Well, he is hitting back hard by threatening to prosecute the occupiers.
2014/4/7, 7 Comments
Grandiosity, according to the definition given in “Roget's II: The New Thesaurus,” is “boastful self-importance or display.” At any rate, it's an exaggerated sense of one's importance, knowledge or identity. Protestors of the Sunflower Student Movement are “grandiosizing” themselves. They seem to think they can do anything with impunity.
2014/3/31, 8 Comments
If what they wanted was worldwide publicity through the international media, they certainly got it. Some 200 young students, most of them in their early twenties, snuck into the parliament house of the Legislative Yuan last Tuesday night and occupied its assembly hall. They made history as hijackers of parliament.
Alfred Lord Tennyson wrote “The Charge of the Light Brigade” in memory of the 600 brave cavalrymen who rode into the “Valley of Death” in the battle of Balaclava during the Crimean War. A wrong order was given, but “Theirs was not to reply/Theirs not to reason why/Theirs but to do and die.” I am not that brave. Nobody gave me any order, right or wrong. But I have reasoned why I had to write “A New History of Taiwan” in English and Japanese.
In 1999, when Chen Shui-bian was all set to run for president, his Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) issued a national defense policy white paper. Recently, so did Su Tseng-chang, DPP chairman and eager to seek Taiwan's highest public office in 2016. He called his defense building master plan a blue paper. It is the fifth in a series of party blue papers, and the best researched and written one.