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Monday, January 13, 2014
The recent decision of France's highest administrative court to uphold the ban on the new show of the stand-up comedian Dieudonné M'bala M'bala was rightly hailed as a “victory” by the French government and media.
Sunday, January 12, 2014
Two recent developments in Taiwan's arts scene have left us wondering whether we are steering our creativity toward the right direction. One is the display of the Rubber Duck created by Dutch artist Florentijn Hofman, the other is a sum of US$5 million in donations from a U.S. foundation for Cloud Gate, which is undeniably the leading dance troupe in Taiwan.
Saturday, January 11, 2014
What will education for the next generation be like?
Friday, January 10, 2014
Compare the following two late public figures and try to determine which one was the better man: The first one had a history of adultery and constant absence from his family. One of his estranged sons later died from AIDS. His ex-wife, partly destroyed by his career, was known to have led a gang of thugs that would kidnap and terrorize even her supposed comrades. Even before his death, his family was already arguing over his inheritance.
Thursday, January 9, 2014
To be, or not to be, that is a question for Shakespeare's Hamlet. For President Ma Ying-jeou, the question is to go or not to go to Beijing. Ma is procrastinating over whether he should go to Beijing to attend as the leader of the Special Customs Territories of Taiwan, Penghu, Kinmen and Matsu in the APEC (Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation) informal summit in the fall of this year.
Wednesday, January 8, 2014
In his New Year's Day speech, President Ma Ying-jeou announced that economic growth will once again be the primary goal of the administration in the second year of his second term.
Tuesday, January 7, 2014
While the government of Taiwan continues to stress the importance of liberating the domestic business environment and establishing extensive trade relations with other countries, we must not forget that the key to Taiwan's economic competitiveness lies in beefing up local industries' core competencies.
Monday, January 6, 2014
Fifty years ago, a popular and prolific science fiction writer took an interesting guess at what the world might look like in 2014. Even though Isaac Asimov — “I, Robot” (1950), “The Naked Sun” (1956) and “The Bicentennial Man” (1976), just to name a few of his major novels — did not live to see the world's first artificial heart transplant a few days ago (he died in 1992), he made several predictions about life in the future that are worth mentioning after his 94th birthday on Jan. 2.
Sunday, January 5, 2014
A dispute over a land acquisition program pushed by Miaoli County authorities took a dramatic turn yesterday when a court ruled that the government had made an illegal move.
Saturday, January 4, 2014
On Sunday and Monday, the front pages of local newspapers were splashed with sentimental coverage of the end of the manually operated freeway toll system. Heartwarming tales of people spontaneously offering good-will cards, gifts, hot coffee and even cash thanking the toll collectors for their service were widely reported.
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