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Thursday, August 14, 2014
Now that the initial criminal investigation into the disastrous Kaohsiung gas explosion incident of July 31 has been completed, politicians are blaming government officials for dereliction of duty in letting the catastrophe happen.
Wednesday, August 13, 2014
Growing weary of Taiwan's political bickering and the personal attacks laid on him after the gas explosions in Kaohsiung, Economics Minister Chang Chia-Juch (張家祝) recently announced his resignation, an action that received mixed reactions from the public.
Tuesday, August 12, 2014
U.S. President Barack Obama's launch of air attacks against the Islamic State (IS), an extremist terrorist group that took over huge swaths of Syria and Iraq, is the beginning of another test of commitment by the U.S. in a region where it has turned in a record of disastrous involvement. Mistakes that were made back then cannot be unmade.
Monday, August 11, 2014
New Minister of Education Wu Se-hwa (吳思華) hinted on Aug. 5 at a possible increase to college tuition fees in response to what he called the insufficient resources allocated for higher education in recent years. To no one's surprise, opponents immediately dragged him over the coals for his frank remark, claiming that college tuition has already become a major burden for most students and their families, who are increasingly at risk of debt distress, a potential trigger in accelerating youth poverty in the years to come.
Sunday, August 10, 2014
A week after the deadly gas explosions that rocked Kaohsiung, we have been able to piece together a clearer picture of what actually happened and who were the culprits. But we have also seen its focus shifting from a real-life tragedy to a political farce where different sides have been playing the blame game.
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Saturday, August 9, 2014
Internet pundits must have been scratching their heads, (or rather, laughing out loud), when the Kuomintang's (KMT) Taipei mayoral candidate Sean Lien (連勝文) introduced lawmaker Tsai Cheng-Yuan (蔡正元) as his campaign manager.
Friday, August 8, 2014
During the Cross-Strait Economic Cooperation Committee meeting on Tuesday, representatives from both sides of the strait agreed to begin negotiations over the cross-strait trade in goods pact, as part of a follow-up to the Economic Cooperation Framework Agreement. It probably won't be long before either pan-green activists or the Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) comes out and starts accusing the Ma administration of selling Taiwan to the mainland Chinese, again.
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Thursday, August 7, 2014
On July 29, the Legislative Yuan rejected 11 nominees for the Control Yuan but approved 16 others during a confirmation vote. In a morning session, the nation's highest legislative organ voted on the nominees for president and vice president of the government watchdog, Chang Po-ya and Sun Ta-chuan. The fifth Control Yuan was inaugurated last Friday with only 18 members, including Chang and Sun, instead of the constitutionally mandated 29 ombudsmen.
Wednesday, August 6, 2014
Almost a week after a series of explosions tore up several blocks in Kaohsiung, most of us have seen the horrifying images of a ragged trench blown through the streets, with cars landing on roofs and houses sagging absurdly. Now, imagine balancing precariously on the edge of the trench, taking a deep breath and lowering yourself in to begin a job you dread.
Tuesday, August 5, 2014
An urgent humanitarian crisis involving more than 1,000 dead, many more starving children, destroyed life savings and a lack of basic living amenities such as water and electricity are overwhelming the people of Gaza. Beyond this round of killings, there must be a serious and sustained effort to address the livelihood needs of the Gaza Strip. This includes making sure that prevention of a new round of hostilities 10 months, a year, two years from now is the highest strategic goal.
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