Tuesday, February 3, 2015
The prisoner's dilemma is one that shows why two purely "rational" individuals might not cooperate, even if it appears that it is in their best interests to do so. Prime Minister Shinzo Abe is facing that double-bind, and it's getting tighter.
Monday, February 2, 2015
The words of Taipei Mayor Ko Wen-je regarding colonialism, which he was asked about by Foreign Policy magazine, deserve criticism because of the false link he draws between it and cultural advancement. He insulted a large segment of the population while betraying his own ignorance of the complex legacy of mercantilism and subjugation by foreign powers.
Sunday, February 1, 2015
A freshly published survey on local politicians' likeability has shed light on possible developments leading to the 2016 presidential election. In terms of likeability, Kaohsiung Mayor Chen Chu garnered 72.5 percent, beating all other major political figures. Her peer from the main opposition Democratic Progressive Party (DPP), Tainan Mayor William Lai, came in third with 65.3 percent, according to the survey published this week by the Taiwan Indicators Survey Research. .
Saturday, January 31, 2015
Hundreds of Holocaust survivors traveled to Auschwitz along with foreign leaders on Tuesday for the 70th anniversary of the death camp's liberation by the Soviet Red Army in January 1945. Again, they warned against the new rise of anti-Semitism that has made many Jews consider fleeing Europe, and vowed to prevent another Auschwitz., 1 Comment
Friday, January 30, 2015
A man has recently taken the political scene of a nation in turmoil by storm. Riding on a wave of populist discontent, the straight-talking man upended the political reality, winning in a historic election.
Thursday, January 29, 2015
World Freedom Day was celebrated in Taipei last Friday. The World League for Freedom and Democracy, formerly known as the World Anti-Communist League, held its annual convention to mark the return of "anti-communist heroes" to Taiwan from Korea in 1953. President Ma Ying-jeou attended the convention to deliver the keynote speech. More than 60 delegates from 20 countries, most of them lawmakers, participated in the event.
Wednesday, January 28, 2015
The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences recently announced the nominations for the 2015 Oscars. Several biographical and historical movies are seen as strong contenders for big awards.
Tuesday, January 27, 2015
Imitation is the sincerest form of flattery. Both the ruling Kuomintang (KMT) and the Cabinet signaled their newfound respect for the Internet generation recently. After the spectacular failure of the KMT's senior supporter-oriented campaign strategy in the 2014 election, the party is now trying to embrace the social media-savvy youths -- a substantial number of whom were only a few months ago seen as troublemakers.
Taipei Mayor Ko Wen-je recently said he will overhaul the Taipei International Beef Noodle Festival in order to update the event founded in 2005. Even before Ko came to office, there had been calls for the cancelation of the festival. The event has lost its once-high level of popularity in recent years and the annual pick of best noodle restaurants seems to have become more of a city-funded advertisement benefiting certain businesses, the detractors argued.
Monday, January 26, 2015
It has always been great news to hear of a Taiwanese baseball player signing a contract with a Major League Baseball (MLB) team. This means that local talent is recognized by the world's top-tier professional baseball league.