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Monday, January 20, 2014
Freeze-dried food, athletic shoes, smoke detectors and laptop computers. A rather eclectic list, but all products that have one thing in common: they were created directly for, or inspired by, the “Space Race” between the U.S. and USSR. As China touts its recent successful landing of a rover on the moon and India's probe speeds toward Mars, we are perhaps entering a second Space Race era — with all the benefits and potential dangers of the first one.
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Sunday, January 19, 2014
After days of letting public discontent against the glitch-plagued eTag system boil over, the Ma administration finally shifted gears to damage control. Premier Jiang Yi-huah on Thursday called for the new freeway toll system's operator, Far Eastern Electronic Toll Collection Co (FETC), to “take responsibility” for the problematic rollout of the system and ordered the National Freeway Bureau to be penalized for its role in the eTag debacle.
Saturday, January 18, 2014
French President Francois Hollande had spent a long time preparing for the press conference on Tuesday to unveil his plans to rejuvenate France's economy. Instead the politician was forced to admit that he was having a “difficult moment” in his private life.
Friday, January 17, 2014
A fresh trickle of water is usually welcomed in regions used to only sludge and muddiness — the story behind National Taiwan University physician Ko Wen-je's (柯文哲) escalating wave of popularity after announcing his bid to run for Taipei City mayor.
Thursday, January 16, 2014
Politicians love gobbledygook, the purpose being to keep people in the dark. The Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) has held a series of meetings it calls the Huashan Forum to come up with a new China policy, but the net result is nothing but a “China Policy Memoir,” gibberish whose purpose nobody understands, although Beijing understands it doesn't want to “freeze” the Taiwan independence clause of its charter.
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Wednesday, January 15, 2014
Far Eastern Electronic Toll Collection Co. (FETC) has been the most talked-about company in Taiwan recently, and it was not about something that the company hoped for. Since the new highway toll system was launched on Dec. 30, 2013, the eTag electronic toll collection system has become the main method of payment for drivers using highways.
Tuesday, January 14, 2014
Chai Trong-rong (蔡同榮), the longtime stalwart of the Democratic Progressive Party's hard-line wing, passed away due to heart failure on Saturday. He had been immobilized by a stroke since Dec. 18.
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?
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