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Saturday, February 7, 2015
Taiwan woke up on Wednesday to the horrible news of a second airplane crash barely six months clear of the last, and involving the same airline. Last July, a rainy night saw a TransAsia airplane crash into a field in Penghu, claiming 48 of the 58 lives on board.
Friday, February 6, 2015
The Environmental Protection Administration (EPA, 行政院環境保護署) announced Tuesday a new scheme aimed at encouraging the use of public transportation in major cities.
Thursday, February 5, 2015
By the time this paper goes to press, the British parliament will decide whether or not to permit mitochondrial donation, a technique designed to prevent fatal genetic diseases being passed from mother to child.
Wednesday, February 4, 2015
Taipei Mayor Ko Wen-je's (柯文哲) recent remarks on colonialism and culture have sparked a public outcry for obvious reasons. It is never a good idea to comment on other people's culture, or worse, to compare it to that of another.
Tuesday, February 3, 2015
The prisoner's dilemma is one that shows why two purely “rational” individuals might not cooperate, even if it appears that it is in their best interests to do so. Prime Minister Shinzo Abe is facing that double-bind, and it's getting tighter.
Monday, February 2, 2015
The words of Taipei Mayor Ko Wen-je regarding colonialism, which he was asked about by Foreign Policy magazine, deserve criticism because of the false link he draws between it and cultural advancement. He insulted a large segment of the population while betraying his own ignorance of the complex legacy of mercantilism and subjugation by foreign powers.
Sunday, February 1, 2015
A freshly published survey on local politicians' likeability has shed light on possible developments leading to the 2016 presidential election. In terms of likeability, Kaohsiung Mayor Chen Chu garnered 72.5 percent, beating all other major political figures. Her peer from the main opposition Democratic Progressive Party (DPP), Tainan Mayor William Lai, came in third with 65.3 percent, according to the survey published this week by the Taiwan Indicators Survey Research. .
Saturday, January 31, 2015
Hundreds of Holocaust survivors traveled to Auschwitz along with foreign leaders on Tuesday for the 70th anniversary of the death camp's liberation by the Soviet Red Army in January 1945. Again, they warned against the new rise of anti-Semitism that has made many Jews consider fleeing Europe, and vowed to prevent another Auschwitz.
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Friday, January 30, 2015
A man has recently taken the political scene of a nation in turmoil by storm. Riding on a wave of populist discontent, the straight-talking man upended the political reality, winning in a historic election.
Thursday, January 29, 2015
World Freedom Day was celebrated in Taipei last Friday. The World League for Freedom and Democracy, formerly known as the World Anti-Communist League, held its annual convention to mark the return of “anti-communist heroes” to Taiwan from Korea in 1953. President Ma Ying-jeou attended the convention to deliver the keynote speech. More than 60 delegates from 20 countries, most of them lawmakers, participated in the event.
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