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Tuesday, October 13, 2015
Pope Francis has repeatedly said he hopes to have "good relations" between the Holy See and the People's Republic of China. As recently as Sept. 28, aboard the papal plane on his way back to Rome after a successful nine-day visit to the United States,
Sunday, October 11, 2015
The producers of "House of Cards" could use some inspiration from the ruling Kuomintang's "House of Farce" if they ever wanted to add a dash of absurdity to the political drama franchise.
Saturday, October 10, 2015
The general election is looking different this year. Three months before election day, Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) contender Tsai Ing-wen (蔡英文) is barely campaigning; the streets are clear of fliers and evening rallies.
Friday, October 9, 2015
We spend an average of 8.4 hours staring at screens every day, about 1.6 times more than the average of 5.3 hours we spent in 2007, based on a recent survey conducted by the Ophthalmology Society of Taiwan.
Thursday, October 8, 2015
When facing a difficult political problem, Queen Elizabeth of England, after whom the Old Dominion is named the Commonwealth of Virginia, used to sleep on it. Her motto was "video et taceo" (I see, and say nothing). Well, the next day or a couple of days later, problems often seemed to have solved themselves. Though she never heard of Lao Zi, the founder of Taoism, she practiced his do-nothingism.
Wednesday, October 7, 2015
Politicians are generally warm to the idea of governing as a science, a purely rational, data-driven decision-making process that leaves no room for ambiguity or human influence. Indeed, policies will be easier to explain and less prone to corruption if they are all rules and numbers.
Tuesday, October 6, 2015
An increasing number of countries are committed to addressing climate change and want everybody to know about it. As of Oct. 1, around 195 countries had made public their letters of intent before the Paris Conference on Climate Change, which starts on Nov. 30.
Sunday, October 4, 2015
Taiwan has seen some setbacks in world rankings in terms of higher education with its top university slipping to 167th in the latest assessment by the Times Higher Education magazine.
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Saturday, October 3, 2015
Taiwan's men's national basketball team ended its journey prematurely in the 2015 FIBA Asian Championship with a 99-69 triumph over Kuwait on Monday.
Thursday, October 1, 2015
A Sept. 25 story by Politico titled "Iran Deal: The Inside Account" revealed the path culminating in the reaching of this year's nuclear agreement between Iran and the U.S. Despite being blasted by hard-liners in both countries as having sacrificed too much, the pact has cleared a final legislative hurdle in the U.S. and is set to be officially inaugurated in October.
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