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Friday, November 20, 2015
Tens of thousands of defiant soccer fans joined Prince William, Jeremy Corbyn, Boris Johnson and David Cameron on Tuesday evening for a rousing rendition of "La Marseillaise" at Wembley Stadium under the French motto, "Liberté, Egalité, Fraternité," meaning "freedom, equality, fraternity" in English.
Thursday, November 19, 2015
The people of Taiwan have almost forgotten President Chen Shui-bian, who is now on medical parole and out of prison, where he has to serve the rest of his 20-year sentence for corruption and graft, as well as money laundering. To awaken their memories, his son Chih-chung has posted on his Facebook homepage a picture showing the disgraced former president posing with Taipei City Mayor Ko Wen-je.
Wednesday, November 18, 2015
The series of terrorist attacks in Paris on Nov. 13 did not come as a surprise. Since the Charlie Hebdo shooting in January, the French government has been warning about more attacks. Speaking after the foiled attack on a train from Amsterdam to Paris in August, French President Francois Hollande told his nation to prepare for further strikes.
Tuesday, November 17, 2015
On Sunday, retired National Taiwan University professor Hua Chang-yi's (華昌宜) piece in the United Daily News was published, inviting readers to speculate on what would have happened if communist Mao Zedong had decided to inherit the name the "Republic of China" (中華民國) and not insisted on rejecting it and claiming a new state when he established the People's Republic of China (中華人民共和國) in 1949.
Sunday, November 15, 2015
Whoever becomes president next year will be faced with the major task of improving Taiwan's economy. But it will not be enough for him (or more likely her) to come up with only short-term fixes to boost exports or domestic purchases; the country needs a new direction for long-term economic development.
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Saturday, November 14, 2015
In an experiment to save the higher education sector, the Ministry of Education has set out to help Taiwan's worst-performing universities transform into non-profit organizations such as welfare centers for the elderly.
Friday, November 13, 2015
History was made when President Ma Ying-jeou and mainland Chinese leader Xi Jinping shook hand at 2:59 p.m., Nov. 7, 2015, at the Shangri-La Hotel in Singapore. The first meeting of the leaders of the two sides of the Taiwan Strait in 66 years is a milestone rather than just a "newsworthy event," as opposition Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) chairwoman and presidential candidate Tsai Ing-wen dismissed it as being.
Thursday, November 12, 2015
Some groups in Taipei have had some odd views recently. They criticized the government for being afraid of speaking out on the issue of Taiping Island, also called Itu Aba in the Philippines, which they claimed the Permanent Court of Arbitration in The Hague has degraded as a rock.
Wednesday, November 11, 2015
When President Ma Ying-jeou and mainland Chinese leader Xi Jinping expressed their hopes of "reviving China" at their meeting last week, a substantial number of Taiwanese people no doubt rolled their eyes. The idea of Taiwan's Chineseness seems undesirable, even unnatural, for people born after 1949 who call Taiwan their home.
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Tuesday, November 10, 2015
In 1938, British Prime Minister Neville Chamberlain returned triumphantly from Germany having secured "peace for our time," believing that he had brought peace by appeasing the rapidly rising Fascist power in continental Europe. History remembers this phrase now for its irony and for the harsh reality: just because we want to see something as reality does not make it so.
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