Tuesday, February 11, 2014
On Wednesday, the largest drug store chain in the United States stated its intention to stop selling cigarette products by October of this year. CVS Caremark explained its decision in a press release, saying that “cigarettes and providing health care just don't go together in the same setting.” The New York Times quoted a market analyst as saying that CVS' decision is not likely to affect overall sales of tobacco because convenience stores account for two-thirds of tobacco sales.
Monday, February 10, 2014
The 2014 Winter Olympics kicked off in Sochi on Friday with a festival of music, dance and fashion, as well as Russian President Vladimir Putin's bravado in front of international media for organizing the largest and most expensive Games in history.
Sunday, February 9, 2014
Labor authorities have moved to provide more protection to so-called dispatched workers, a group of usually underpaid, underprivileged laborers whose status has been kept in a gray area in the job market.
Saturday, February 8, 2014
For years, Taiwan has been known for producing some of the best baseball talents in the world.
Friday, February 7, 2014
Over the past few months, Taiwan's military has been launching a series of reforms in the wake of the controversial death of Army Corporal Hung Chung-chiu (洪仲丘) last July.
Thursday, February 6, 2014
A hero is a man many people look up to for help they urgently need. If they find no hero, people try to make one, more often than not. That's why hero-making is now going on in Taipei, where eligible voters will go to the polls toward the end of this year to elect a new mayor.
Friday, January 31, 2014
Censorship of history textbooks has existed everywhere. Even in the United States, where the First Amendment was added to the Constitution to protect freedom of speech, school textbooks were censored as late as in 1983.
Thursday, January 30, 2014
Did you hear that North Korea claimed to have landed a man on the sun? The story that the reclusive, Stalinist state sent a 17-year-old astronaut to the “far side” of the sun after a four hour journey, and that he would soon be landing back in North Korea, spread across the internet last Friday.
Wednesday, January 29, 2014
Disregarding conspiracy theories, what the Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) lost in the aftermath of former President Chen Shui-bian's (陳水扁) conviction was the perception that it was immune to corruption — corruption being something that it has often accused the Kuomintang (KMT) of.
Tuesday, January 28, 2014
The heavy trailer that slammed into the presidential palace in the wee hours of Saturday woke Taiwan to another reality about the state of its security. The president, on whose well being the stability and smooth functioning of the state depends, was potentially, though not realistically, exposed to danger.