Perhaps less than a year ago, he was still known as the outstanding physician that enjoyed shooting off his mouth, winning the hearts of many young people with his gall when challenging authority.
Eligible voters in Taipei will go to the polls in three weeks' time to elect their new mayor. There are two candidates, both of them political amateurs. One of them is 44-year-old Sean Lien, a son of former Vice President Lien Chan, who is honorary chairman of the Kuomintang.
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Fresh from a terse debate with his main opponent in the upcoming elections, Sean Lien (連勝文) is congratulated by some for his brisk manner and lively gestures that widened the age gap between him and independent candidate Ko Wen-je (柯文哲).
- 2014/11/10, 10 Comments
My Facebook screen recently brought a photo from California that put a smile on my chops. It showed a little boy, perhaps seven or eight years old, the son of a treasured former student. He was all fixed up in his Halloween costume. I so concluded because “Trick or Treat” appeared above the picture.
While U.S. midterm elections provided a distraction, Russia President Vladimir Putin solidified control of eastern Ukraine. Rebel forces opposed to the national government organized elections in Donetsk and Luhansk on Nov. 2. Not surprisingly, those favoring independence scored an estimated eighty percent of the votes.
A quarter century ago, the Joshua trumpet of freedom sounded and the Berlin Wall came tumbling down. Naturally, this allegory was slightly more complicated as the epic political events which led to the fall of the Wall on Nov. 9, 1989 were long in coming but nonetheless still not at all anticipated.
It occurs to me that it would be cliche to begin this article with yet another mention of Beijing's infamous smog, but air quality is again the focus in the Chinese capital as it welcomes heads of state to the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) summit.
As a home to dozens of military bases with tens of thousands military dependents, northern Taoyuan County has long been regarded as a traditional Kuomintang (KMT) and pan-blue stronghold.
Given that the 21 members of the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) forum account for some 54 percent of global GDP and about 44 percent of world trade, the agenda for this month's APEC summit should be drawing much global attention.