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Wednesday, January 14, 2015
President Ma Ying-jeou probably did the best he could to get his predecessor Chen Shui-bian out of prison earlier this month. But few will thank him for helping the former president regain his freedom from behind bars, where he was serving time for corruption and graft as well as money laundering.
Tuesday, January 13, 2015
Following five months of speculation, Taiwan's most popular sports league, the Chinese Professional Baseball League (CPBL, 中華職棒) has finally made its decision on who will fill the vacancy left by its last commissioner, Hwang Jenn-tai (黃鎮台).
Monday, January 12, 2015
Freedom of speech is at the forefront of global debate after the tragedy of the slain cartoonists, editors, police, workers and others at the office of French satire magazine Charlie Hebdo. Another gunman related to the Charlie Hebdo attack took hostages at a Kosher supermarket due to his professed anti-Semitism. That hostage situation also ended with the loss of lives.
Sunday, January 11, 2015
It would be almost instinctive for us journalists in Taiwan to declare "je suis Charlie" to demonstrate our solidarity in defense of freedom of the press in the wake of the deadly attack that killed 12 people at the office of a French satirical magazine.
Saturday, January 10, 2015
Jan. 1 marked the new year's first flag incident, one among many flag incidents in the history of the Taipei-Beijing-Washington relationship. The Republic of China's (R.O.C.) flag was raised over what had once been the official embassy estate in Washington, in a ceremony traditionally held across Taiwan on New Year's Day.
Friday, January 9, 2015
First-time visitors to Taiwan always notice something when they arrive at Taiwan Taoyuan International Airport: everyone is wearing uniforms.
Thursday, January 8, 2015
President Ma Ying-jeou is trying to quell the feud between the Kuomintang (KMT) and the Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) over the next year and a quarter. Well, he at least said so in his New Year's Day message last Thursday.
Wednesday, January 7, 2015
When former President Chen Shui-bian was escorted by the Supreme Prosecutor Office's Special Investigation Division to the Taipei District Court in 2008, he held his handcuffed arms up high for the cameras and yelled to the press that his corruption charges were "political persecution."
Tuesday, January 6, 2015
Income disparity has plagued Taiwan in recent years. The nation's real earning levels dropped to those of 15 years ago. Up to 3.48 million workers in Taiwan are earning a monthly salary of NT$30,000 or less, representing 41.6 percent of the total workforce. In other words, a great number of people just manage to make ends meet and find themselves stranded from the path to a better quality of life.
Monday, January 5, 2015
So soon into 2015 and one auspicious achievement has already been borne of the tireless efforts of the government and the people. The hoisting of the R.O.C. flag at Twin Oaks Estate (雙橡園), the site of the R.O.C.'s former embassy in the United States, on New Year's Day is an affirmation of the Taiwan story.
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