Tuesday, November 5, 2013
Prosecutor-General Huang Shih-ming was indicted by Taipei district prosecutors last Friday for unlawful disclosure of confidential information after he allegedly told President Ma Ying-jeou of an influence peddling case involving Minister of Justice Tseng Yung-fu, Legislative Yuan Speaker Wang Jin-pyng and Democratic Progressive Party legislative caucus whip Ker Chien-ming before the investigation was completed. Huang was also charged with violation of the Communications and Surveillance Protection Act by disclosing the wiretapped conversations among Tseng, Wang and Ker.
Monday, November 4, 2013
What would be a good word to describe Taiwan this year?
Sunday, November 3, 2013
French director Luc Besson, who wrapped up the shooting of “Lucy” in Taiwan yesterday, thanked Taipei City Mayor Hau Lung-bin (郝龍斌), local film professionals and the people of Taiwan for giving assistance during the filming, saying the technical crew and Taiwanese cast were extremely professional and competent. “Taipei is very photogenic ... Taiwanese people are so kind, so warm. They're always smiling,” he said, even cracking a joke about Thursday night's magnitude-6.3 earthquake, which he deemed “smooth and nice.”, 2 Comments
Saturday, November 2, 2013
After a brief relief provided by congressional Republicans during the debt ceiling debate, U.S. President Barack Obama has again found himself handling a snowballing international outcry over U.S. global surveillance operations.
Friday, November 1, 2013
It would be nice if everyone could contribute some effort to boost the economy, but it would be wrong if everyone gave priority to the economy and ignored one's duty.
Thursday, October 31, 2013
Few will remember Chiang Kai-shek tomorrow, his 125th birthday. The day used to be a national holiday, proclaimed by his filial son President Chiang Ching-kuo, but just like Confucius' Birthday and Taiwan's Retrocession Day, it was annulled by President Chen Shui-bian, who is doing time for corruption and graft as well as money laundering., 6 Comments
Wednesday, October 30, 2013
Last month, Der Spiegel carried a feature article on German finance minister Wolfgang Schauble and how he steered his country's economic policy in the midst of the eurozone debt crisis. Schauble's struggles with the two schools of economics — that of John Maynard Keynes and Friedrich August von Hayek — reminds us how the duel between the two currents of economic philosophy over the twentieth century are far from resolved. The argument boils down to embracing government stimulus to alleviate unemployment and propel the economy, versus the argument that the market should be left alone because it has the ability to eventually heal economic downswings on its own.
Tuesday, October 29, 2013
Local media reported yesterday that French director Luc Besson is mulling whether to cut short his filming of “Lucy,” an action thriller starring Scarlett Johansson, in Taipei because of intrusions by paparazzi, including their hounding of Besson, his cast and crew during the filming process and their shooting footage of Besson's team working on various scenes.
Monday, October 28, 2013
A local media expert earlier this year commented on Taiwan's food safety and environmental protection issues by saying “The sky was once blue, the beach was once ours ... fruits were once hormone-free, pesticides were once not for human consumption.”
Sunday, October 27, 2013
Despite the gloomy global economic outlook, the prospects for Taiwan's tourism sector is expected to remain strong in the next few years, meaning it is time for Taiwan tourism authorities to further push for foreign and domestic tourists' attention., 2 Comments