Saturday, January 4, 2014
On Sunday and Monday, the front pages of local newspapers were splashed with sentimental coverage of the end of the manually operated freeway toll system. Heartwarming tales of people spontaneously offering good-will cards, gifts, hot coffee and even cash thanking the toll collectors for their service were widely reported.
Friday, January 3, 2014
As part of a series of new incentives to boost voluntary service recruitment, Taiwan's Executive Yuan on Thursday approved the military's proposal of a NT$2,000 to NT$4,000 pay raise for volunteer soldiers.
Thursday, January 2, 2014
President Ma Ying-jeou is sticking to his campaign promise — he wants to abolish conscription before he steps down in 2016 and create an all-volunteer defense force. It's a lofty idea, but not practical if he wishes to maintain Taiwan's defense armed forces, which the Ministry of Defense says must remain at 215,000 personnel.
Wednesday, January 1, 2014
Based on Facebook selfies, food safety issues and political battles within and between the political parties, people chose a perfect word to describe Taiwan in 2013: fake.
Tuesday, December 31, 2013
As 2013 draws to a close, there are many lists being made of significant news events that took place this year. Many of those news items are important, but depressing: food safety scandals, international conflict, political in-fighting, the death of revered figures, and so on. It's easy to look back on this year and despair for the state of our civilization.
Monday, December 30, 2013
Another New Year is upon us and we should take advantage of this annual fresh start for a new batch of New Year's resolutions, including some commitments to one or more personal goals and projects or dedications to change some habits. If you wish to lose weight, spend more time with family and friends, fit in more fitness, enjoy life more, quit smoking (if applicable) and get better organized, it is never too late to make some promises to yourself that will produce long-lasting results.
Sunday, December 29, 2013
Taiwan has its own constitution, government, territory, and 23 million people who think that it is a sovereign country. But all this does not seem to meet the standard of an officially independent country.
Saturday, December 28, 2013
President Ma Ying-jeou, true to his penchant for making big announcements in foreign media interviews, recently told a Hong Kong-based newsweekly that he would like to attend the 2014 APEC (Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation) Economic Leaders' Meeting in Beijing.
Friday, December 27, 2013
Three weeks ago, Interior Minister Lee Hong-yuan (李鴻源) held a press conference saying that in two weeks, the Ministry of the Interior (MOI) would identify hostels at Cingjing Farm (清境農場) in Nantou County (南投) located within natural disaster zones.
Thursday, December 26, 2013
Call it an Obama shock, if you will, a la the Nixon shock the Japanese call the visit to China in 1972 by President Richard Nixon to sign the Sino-American Shanghai communique with Zhou Enlai that paved the way for normalization of relations between Washington and Beijing. The Cold Warrior Nixon's about-face demarche shocked Tokyo into frenziedly cutting off diplomatic relations with Taiwan to recognize Mao Zedong's People's Republic of China.