Wednesday, September 24, 2014
Around 356 B.C., Wei Yang (衛鞅), an official in the State of Qin (秦), launched a series of reforms based on the Chinese philosophy of Legalism (法家) that highly values the rule of law. To convince the cynical general public, Wei Yang erected a 10-meter-tall wooden pillar at the south gate of the capital city and promised to reward anyone who could carry it to the north gate with 10 taels of gold., 1 Comment
Tuesday, September 23, 2014
Scots turned out in droves to vote for or against independence in a referendum last Thursday. The vote prevented the rupture of a 307-year union between Scotland and England.
Monday, September 22, 2014
The Financial Supervisory Commission's revamped regulations governing the dissemination of analyst reports on listed companies may have a profound impact on the relationship between media outlets, the financial sector and the investing public.
Sunday, September 21, 2014
Can any election campaign in Taiwan be free from mud-slinging and muck-raking? The latest development in the Taipei mayoral race has been two somewhat related issues — wealth and corruption. But they are not about how the candidates could create wealth for the citizens or how they could build an efficient administration by eradicating corruption.
Saturday, September 20, 2014
With the onset of the popularity of online forums and blogs in the dissemination of critical information, and the corresponding accretion of power in online forces in the shaping of public discourse, the role of traditional media such as TV outlets and newspapers is facing rising pressure in defining their raison d'etre. Skeptics of traditional media would say that there is nothing that couldn't be gleaned off the front pages of Google or Yahoo news, and that bits of information that any interested reader cares about could be found in online chat rooms.
Friday, September 19, 2014
The Taiwan Power Company (Taipower) warned on Tuesday that further peaks in electricity consumption could have as likely consequence the implementation of electricity rationing
Thursday, September 18, 2014
people often find themselves facing an unenviable number of choices when their days are numbered. The same is true when a loved one balances on the line between life and death.
Wednesday, September 17, 2014
The Kuomintang's (KMT) annual national congress ended on Sunday in Chiayi County. In his speech at the event, President Ma Ying-jeou, who doubles as the KMT chairman, once again went on the offensive, arguing that the opposition Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) has hindered Taiwan's progress.
Tuesday, September 16, 2014
Eighty-three years ago on Sep.18, a Japanese Kwangtung Army lieutenant placed dynamite at a small section of Liutiaohu on the South Manchurian Railroad, which was owned and operated by the Japanese, to create a conflagration for which the Chinese would be blamed, thus creating an excuse to attack a Manchurian Army garrison in nearby Beidaying. The purpose of the plot was the conquest of Manchuria.
Monday, September 15, 2014
Something is rotten in the state of the republic. The “gutter oil,” “lard oil,” “substandard oil,” — or whatever name one chooses to call the contaminated grease some local businesses passed for cooking oil — is not the only toxic substance in Taiwan.