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Taichung ready for final showdown between mayor hopefuls
People must have had this kind of experience before: you go into a store, ready to order your favorite drink when you discover that new flavors have been launched and are on special promotion. People are immediately lured by the new flavors, yet still hesitate to buy them — what if the new flavors are not to their tastes?
 - 2014/11/5
Is suicide bombing justified? Can women lead prayers? Is there a feminist interpretation of Islam?
Hoping for a new Taichung — interview with Taichung mayoral candidate Lin Chia-lung
Ten years ago, I lost the Taichung mayoral election. Ten years later, I have proven to voters that I have devoted all my heart and efforts to this land, and it is time for Taichung to change,” stated Lin Chia-lung (林佳龍), current legislator and Taichung mayoral candidate for the Democratic Progressive Party (DPP).
 - 2014/11/4
Chiang Kai-shek's birthday isn't a national holiday any more. So people of Taiwan didn't have a day off last Friday. Nothing was done to remember him, though we should thank him for keeping Taiwan a democracy.
With a ban on religious instruction, which today affects families with children in more than 2,000 schools in Xinjiang, China deserves more public attention, I fear, than it is getting. Reasons easily come to mind to explain why international (and local) media are not rushing to cover the story. A brief word first, however, on the news itself.
'Be careful what you wish for' comes to mind when reflecting on the ongoing waves of public protest, revolt, violence and war in the Middle East and North Africa. Across the broad region, long-ruling dictatorships have collapsed.
Prospects of a second round of high-level inter-Korean talks seem to have dimmed as Seoul's date for the talks, Oct. 30, has come and gone.
Despite what many observers see as a politically reformist presidency of Hassan Rouhani, the human rights situation in the Islamic Republic of Iran remains dire. A recently released U.N. report paints a grim picture of widespread executions, a tarnished judicial system, systematic religious persecution, and widespread discrimination against women.
Twenty-five million Pakistani children of school-going age are not currently enrolled in any educational institution.
An increasingly self-confident China is now seeking to reshape the world through playing leadership roles in international organizations, such as the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) forum next week in Beijing. This is a rare opportunity, since APEC members take turns hosting the annual meetings, with China last playing host in 2001.
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