Democracy and republicanism are often taken as one of the same thing, but there is a fundamental difference. The United States is a republic, but President Abraham Lincoln described democracy as “the government of the people, by the people and for the people” in his Gettysburg address.
2012/8/6, 1 Comment
The advent of cable television channels has introduced political talk shows to viewers who are becoming increasingly polarized by the feud between the Kuomintang and the Democratic Progressive Party in Taiwan. The former wants an eventual Chinese unification, while the latter insists on independence for Taiwan.
Is there going to be a war over the Tiaoyu Islands, which the Japanese call the Senkakus? According to a joint poll conducted by Taiwan's Want Want China Times Public Opinion Survey Center and China's “Global Times (環球時報).”
2012/7/23, 4 Comments
When Shintaro Ishihara, governor of Tokyo, said he wanted to buy three of the Senkaku Islands a couple of months ago, the Japanese government frowned on the ultra-nationalist maverick, who is one of the few remaining incorrigible Cold Warriors.
Ichiro Ozawa, known as the “destroyer” for splitting political parties, did it again on July 2. He left the Democratic Party of Japan, which he organized to topple the long-ruling Liberal Democratic Party two years ago, together with 49 lawmakers of his faction to undermine Prime Minister Yoshihiko Noda's grip on power.
The Jasmine Revolution of 2011 finally put Egypt under the rule of a civilian president. Islamist Mohammed Morsi of the Muslim Brotherhood took over at the end of last month as president of the biggest Arab country by a popular vote for the first time since Farouk was overthrown as king of Egypt by General Mohammed Naguib in 1952.
Terry Gou, president of the Hon Hai Precision Industry (Foxconn) Company, said at a general shareholders' meeting in Taipei last Monday that he would like to purchase Tiaoyutai, which the Japanese call Uotsuri-jima of their Senkaku Islands, to facilitate the joint development of its undersea oil reserves.
Su Tseng-chang, the newly elected chairman of the Democratic Progressive Party, adopted a “scorched earth” strategy to continue to ban American beef and beef products containing the leanness-enhancer ractopamine, though he certainly didn't seem to know what that strategy actually was.
Tens of thousands of students gathered at Beijing's Tiananmen Square to demand China's democratization on June 4, 1989. Troops were called in for riot control and ordered to fire on the students. An unknown number of students were slaughtered.
A recent public opinion survey shows at least 65 percent of the eligible voters like to see President Ma Ying-jeou meet in his capacity as chairman of the Kuomintang his Democratic Progressive Party counterpart Su Tseng-chang for what is known as a party summit. In the run-up to the presidential election, Ma said he would like to meet the heads of opposition parties after his re-election. It turns out,