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Wednesday, July 23, 2014
With the Taipei mayoral election fast approaching, the debates and arguments between the candidates are beginning to heat up. Just like in the past elections, the public and the media have been focusing on the two major candidates that represent the ruling Kuomintang (KMT) and the Democratic Progressive Party (DPP). Both candidates, Sean Lien and Ko Wen-je, have never run for the postion before. Lien vows to bring young energy to the city while Ko promises to bridge the “pan-green and pan-blue” divide for the sake of all Taiwanese people.
Tuesday, July 22, 2014
If a court had a track record of only prosecuting people of one color or one religion, there would be predictable and justifiable outrage. The International Criminal Court (ICC), the international institution set up specifically for the prosecution of crimes against humanity, genocide and war crimes, is under pressure from African nations furious at justifiably perceived bias against Africa.
Monday, July 21, 2014
A Malaysia Airlines plane was shot down Thursday by an anti-aircraft missile purportedly fired by pro-Russian separatists in eastern Ukraine. The deaths of the 298 people on the plane are an outrage of unspeakable proportions, and it is time to call for a credible international investigation into the tragedy and urge Russia, which supplies separatists with a steady flow of support, including heavy weapons, training and antiaircraft systems, to cooperate.
Sunday, July 20, 2014
The Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) has made an unconventional move, choosing to support an independent candidate in the Taipei mayoral election. And this candidate, Ko Wen-je, has made an unconventional move picking a campaign manager who stands on a different end of the political spectrum from the DPP.
Saturday, July 19, 2014
Demonstrators rallied in front of the building of Israel's representative office in Taiwan on Wednesday to protest Israel's air strikes on the Gaza Strip, calling on the Middle Eastern nation to end the offensive that has so far resulted in over one hundred casualties, including civilians and children.
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Friday, July 18, 2014
President Chain Store Corp. (統一超商) recently opened its 5,000th convenience store in the nation. During a press event in Kaohsiung, President Chain Store Chairman Alex Lo (羅智先) announced the franchise's plan to open the first convenience store on Taiwan's outlying Orchid Island (蘭嶼), also known as Lanyu, in early August.
Thursday, July 17, 2014
Confrontation with the United States would be a “disaster,” Chinese President Xi Jinping said last week as he called for mutual respect between the U.S. and China. His comments came at an annual China-U.S. dialogue held in Beijing. “China-U.S. confrontation, to the two countries and the world, would definitely be a disaster,” he said out, adding, “We should mutually respect and treat each other equally, and respect the other's sovereignty and territorial integrity and respect each other's choice on the path of development.”
Wednesday, July 16, 2014
Time and again, Taiwan has been described as the island brimming with hospitality for foreigners and fellow residents alike. The trait was blown into at least a dozen different slogans of government propaganda and tourism advertisements, and something the Taiwanese are both proud and growing weary of. And underlying all that thick makeup of friendliness is a shade of hypocrisy that digs at the cheery exterior.
Tuesday, July 15, 2014
On Saturday, the U.S. Deputy Assistant Secretary of State of East Asian and Pacific Affairs Michael Fuchs called on the parties in South China Sea territorial disputes to agree to a 'voluntary freeze' on provocative behavior. Fuchs appealed for a concrete development of principles laid out in the 2002 Declaration of Conduct (DoC) signed between China and ASEAN.
Monday, July 14, 2014
Premier Jiang Yi-huah (江宜樺) announced on July 2 that the main obstacle to the naturalization of foreigners could soon be removed, hinting at possible talks with legislators from the ruling Kuomintang (KMT) to push through an amendment to the Nationality Act (國籍法) within six months. This could be great news for the thousands of foreigners who have already settled in Taiwan and want to apply for Republic of China citizenship, even if we are worried that conditional love could further yield conditional results.
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