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Saturday, July 25, 2015
Is democracy necessarily better than autocracy? People in Taiwan will probably say yes. However, people in mainland China may argue otherwise. Yesterday at the CommonWealth Economic Forum (天下經濟論壇), Lu Xiongwen (陸雄文), dean of the School of Management at Fudan University (復旦大學) in mainland China, challenged the merits of democracy as he questioned the value of last year's Sunflower Student Movement that barred the passing of the Cross-Strait Trade in Services Agreement in the Legislative Yuan.
Friday, July 24, 2015
To many, the "Taiwanese Dream" is the idea that it's possible to secure a better material life for yourself and your family through hard work and education.
Thursday, July 23, 2015
The Kuomintang on Sunday finally ended its months-long drag over the party's presidential candidate pick that had managed to be both highly dramatic and boring at the same time. Despite having only one candidate for most of the primary, the party appeared to be wavering and hesitant.
Wednesday, July 22, 2015
It became official on Sunday. Deputy Legislative Speaker Hung Hsiu-chu (洪秀柱) became the Kuomintang's (KMT) 2016 presidential candidate. There had been doubts about whether the KMT would really nominate a second-tier politician for the election.
Tuesday, July 21, 2015
The first ever Premier 12 baseball world tournament, an international event organized by the World Baseball Softball Confederation (WBSC), featuring the 12 best teams in the world, is scheduled to be held in November.
Sunday, July 19, 2015
The Formosa Fun Coast dust explosion has claimed seven lives so far and many more remain in critical condition. But some of the latest developments have called attention to the ugly, mundane side of the tragedy, overshadowing the initially overwhelming compassion and sympathy shown to the victims and their families.
Saturday, July 18, 2015
Following the United States Supreme Court's historic stamp of approval for gay marriage, making it constitutionally legal across the United States last month, Facebook rolled out a fun little feature that applies a rainbow-colored filter to Facebook profile pictures in celebration of same-sex rights. In Taiwan, users of the popular social media platform could see theirs friends using the new colorful profile photos.
Friday, July 17, 2015
Maybe you've watched videos of polar bears swimming endlessly in the ocean. Or perhaps you've seen statistics of soaring emissions of human-related carbon dioxide (CO2) responsible for the greenhouse effect. Or maybe you've just noticed how much hotter it has gotten over the last few years in Taiwan.
Thursday, July 16, 2015
The Ministry of Labor (勞動部), in its latest policy aimed at improving conditions in the labor market, said last week that it will use the state budget to support unions.
Wednesday, July 15, 2015
Japan's Kyodo News reported last week that Prime Minister Shinzo Abe will deliver his speech on the 70th anniversary of the end of the Pacific War not on Aug. 15, but one day earlier, and won't apologize for past Japanese colonization and aggression. The Japanese Empire started the Pacific War, which was officially declared as the Great East Asian War, though after the war it was popularly called the Second World War.
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