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Monday, February 23, 2015
The year 2015 is known as an Yi-Wei year (乙未年). Yi is the second of the 10 Heavenly Stems and Wei, the eighth of the 12 Early Branches, represents the Goat in the Chinese zodiac.
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Thursday, February 19, 2015
The Ministry of Justice held a nine-hour debate last Thursday before issuing a report on the Kaohsiung Prison siege led by six long-term inmates who took Warden Chen Shih-chih and head guard Wang Shih-tsang hostage in an attempt to make good their escape. Their attempt failed and they all committed suicide.
Wednesday, February 18, 2015
"This is a grand victory for democracy and the rule of law. This recall attempt by political fraud groups and 'professional students' has been shunned by the people completely ... I thank the residents of the Nangang and Neihu Districts for their firm support for Tsai Cheng-yuan's contribution to their districts.
Tuesday, February 17, 2015
Although the majority of commercial movies produced and made locally are targeted toward the Taiwanese demographic, meaning that the plots are often not suited to reach an international audience, the slow proliferation of quality Taiwanese shorts is a cultural elevation that cannot be ignored.
Monday, February 16, 2015
The Ministry of Transportation and Communications (MOTC, 交通部) rejected calls to relocate Taipei City's Taipei Songshan Airport (TSA, 松山機場) to New Taipei last week, saying such a move could result in aviation safety issues.
Sunday, February 15, 2015
Much debate about the pros and cons of bringing the 2016 presidential election forward by a few months has centered on the prospect of making President Ma Ying-jeou a lame duck much earlier than usual, which would result in a prolonged power vacuum until the new head of state is inaugurated.
Saturday, February 14, 2015
A 14-hour standoff at Kaohsiung Prison ended yesterday after six armed inmates shot themselves, leaving their two hostages unharmed. It was an astonishing and unprecedented incident that has focused public attention on the conditions in Taiwan's prisons. The Ministry of Justice is expected to release an investigation report today and a prison reform plan within a week, President Ma Ying-jeou (馬英九) said yesterday.
Friday, February 13, 2015
A video from a dashboard-mounted camera capturing the crash of TransAsia Airways Flight GE235 into the Keelung River in Taipei on Feb. 4 has been relayed by media outlets around the world. The video shows how the plane glided past tall residential buildings, barely clearing the rooftops, before it started to tilt steeply and hit an elevated road and a taxi with its left wing before finally plunging into the river.
Thursday, February 12, 2015
Prime Minister Shinzo Abe paid a visit with his mother Yoko to the grave of Nobusuke Kishi at Fuji Cemetery at Oyama in Shizuoka on Jan. 11. Yoko Abe is the only daughter of Kishi, the prime minister from 1957 to 1960 whose death wish was to amend Japan's pacifist constitution, which General Douglas A. MacArthur imposed on postwar Japan.
Wednesday, February 11, 2015
Most of us have heard the phrase "No news is good news." Generally it means that a lack of news at least means nothing is going wrong. In a time when the world is potentially facing an Ebola outbreak, two terrorist groups that are the de-facto rulers of nations (ISIS and Boko Haram), a worsening standoff in Ukraine, a possible "Grexit" from the euro zone, a weak world economy and global climate change among other things, this phrase could not be truer.
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