Some folks may picture Taipei as a fishbowl of sorts for so-called foreigners. It is not unusual for local friends to assume that quite a few of us from outside the country are all but automatic acquaintances or actual friends of foreigners they happen to know of. Don't we "lao wai" all know each another? Don't we all move in the same circles? Ha ha.
The visit of Israel's Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to Washington has dominated news headlines and discussion. Meanwhile, the visit of another leader of an important U.S. ally has received far less coverage.
Throughout the chaos, calamity and conflict which has befallen the Middle East, there are few groups which have come under such intense attack as Christians and minority ethnic communities. As countries like Iraq and Syria face the sharp end of ethnic and political strife, the persecution of small but significant Christian communities by terrorist elements such as Islamic State has tragically followed. This deadly plague of religious persecution has spilled over into neighboring countries including Libya and Egypt.
As the first quarter of 2015 comes to a close, ambitions for regional economic integration are running high in Asia. Three major frameworks for economic integration are slated for completion this year.
A recent survey conducted by Ming Chuan University shows that an astounding 83.49 percent of respondents are satisfied with the performance of Taipei Mayor Ko Wen-je (柯文哲), whose rise to one of the most prominent positions in Taiwan politics is nothing short of astonishing. This feat is made even more amazing given that Ko, now riding a wave of political success, isn't even a politician in the strictest sense of the word.
2015/4/4, 7 Comments
North Korea this week downplayed South Korea's recent decision to join a China-led financial institution as a trade-off for the deployment of an advanced U.S. missile defence system on its soil. Uriminzokkiri, the North's propaganda website, claimed the U.S. was strengthening its push to send a Terminal High Altitude Area Defence battery to the peninsula in return for letting the South become a founder member of the Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank.
its triumph over the United States in the launching of the Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank, China is pushing ahead on another initiative which President Xi Jinping also introduced in 2013: The Silk Road Economic Belt and the 21st Century Maritime Silk Road, twin projects which are breathtaking in scope and which could potentially affect more than half the world's population.
Men constantly seek power and glory. Once you taste that nectar, there is no turning back. It is like an addiction. That is why politicians cannot leave the political arena once they set foot in it, even though it is perilous and dangerous. For example, lawmakers keep running for a National Assembly seat even though it costs them a fortune.
In many respects, South Korea's decision last week to participate in the China-led new regional infrastructure development bank was sensible.
The ruling against the 62-year-old adultery law at a constitutional court hearing in February was not merely the conclusion to a controversial decades-long debate. It also reflected changing norms in a traditionally patriarchal Korean society.
2015/3/31, 4 Comments