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Sunday, December 28, 2014
It is understandable why opposition leader Tsai Ing-wen has cut an angry figure after her Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) lost out Thursday in speaker elections in some major city councils where her camp stood a good chance of winning.
Saturday, December 27, 2014
The Legislative Yuan's plenary session is expected today to review a proposal to place a three-year delay on a stock gains tax targeting major traders.
Friday, December 26, 2014
Political pundits quip that an election is free in Taiwan, but voters have to pay for it afterwards. That quip will be borne out after Dr. Ko Wen-je, mayor-elect of Taipei, assumes office on Christmas Day.
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Thursday, December 25, 2014
Independent Miaoli legislator by-election candidate Chen Wei-ting (陳為廷), who is widely known as a central figure in the student-led Sunflower Movement, revealed his two sexual trespasses in recent years in an interview published yesterday.
Wednesday, December 24, 2014
A screwball comedy triggers hacker-released revelations of celebrity gossip, gender inequality among the 1-percent top earners, and an ugly power struggle between Tinsel Town big shots that in turn leads to terror threats, international espionage accusations, geopolitical triangulation involving the world's most secretive nation and outcry against damage to the sacred freedom of speech.
Tuesday, December 23, 2014
Taiwan faces a multitude of challenges in its efforts to be involved in regional economic integration. One major challenge is that few free trade agreements (FTAs) have been signed with other countries. As a result, local exporters cannot enjoy tariff reductions that are granted to their trade competitors.
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Monday, December 22, 2014
During his mayoral election campaign, Ko Wen-je made many promises and established various platforms to appeal to the entire nation, a population that is extremely fatigued as a result of the Kuomintang and President Ma Ying-jeou's inability to communicate with grassroots citizens. Ko's promises were a breath of fresh air that seemed to return power to the people.
Sunday, December 21, 2014
Taipei Mayor-elect Ko Wen-je has seen the biggest dissent from within his camp since his debut in politics with six of his advisers having resigned in protest of the selection of the city's cultural director.
Saturday, December 20, 2014
The government has a PR problem. Ever since President Ma Ying-jeou came into office six years ago, upping the media game has been one of the main missions of his Cabinet. Given the unpopularity of the president, the government has yet to crack that nut.
Friday, December 19, 2014
More than 30,000 Taiwanese pigeon breeders race about two million pigeons each year, of which an estimated 1.5 million die, according to People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA). The American animal rights organization, which launched an investigation into Taiwan's deadly pigeon races earlier this year, has long argued that races often prove fatal for pigeons released hundreds of kilometers offshore and forced to fly home.
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