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Thursday, March 19, 2015
It was a day to remember. One year ago today, the country watched with bated breath as a group of students forced its way past policemen and seized the Legislature; something that was unheard of, even unthinkable, in Taiwan.
Wednesday, March 18, 2015
Hillary Clinton, presumptive Democratic contender for the 2016 U.S. presidential election, was on the defensive even before she formally announced her candidacy over her use of a personal email account for official business during her tenure as Secretary of State.
Tuesday, March 17, 2015
Eric Chu, mayor of New Taipei, went overseas earlier this month for the first time since assuming office as chairman of the ruling Kuomintang. Call it a diplomatic sally, if you will. He visited Singapore to meet with Lee Kuan Yew, founding father of modern Singapore, and then attended a Taiwan-Hong Kong Forum meeting in Hong Kong, where he expressed his desire to visit China.
Monday, March 16, 2015
In an admittedly impolitely titled article this week titled "The danger with nuclear power lies in the a**hole," former national policy adviser Hao Ming-yi (郝明義) sought to realign the debate over Taiwan's nuclear future to a less focused on area. Hao's dramatic postulation raises an important point over the need to consider not just the "ingestion" of energy but equally the "excretion" of waste that invariably comes with energy utilization.
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Sunday, March 15, 2015
The NIMBY (not-in-my-backyard) mentality has been at work in a lot of public disputes in Taiwan, the latest being one over Taipei's plan to rent out city-owned apartments to young people who can't afford to buy their own property or rent at market levels.
Saturday, March 14, 2015
The Taoyuan Aerotropolis development project has barely begun but has already become a headache, one that the Executive Yuan is trying to manage by pressing onward, full speed ahead.
Friday, March 13, 2015
Experts agree that 2015 will be a big year for global gatherings on environmental topics. Starting with the Conference of the Parties to the Treaty on the Non-Proliferation of Nuclear Weapons scheduled next month, followed by the adoption in September of a new set of global development goals at United Nations Headquarters,
Thursday, March 12, 2015
In less than a year -- 314 days to be exact -- Taiwan will hold its sixth direct presidential election concurrently with legislative elections on Jan. 16, 2016.
Wednesday, March 11, 2015
Taipei Mayor Ko Wen-je (柯文哲) has a tendency to make the least appropriate remarks at the worst moments possible. He did it again at a gender equality forum held the day before International Women's Day. When expressing his concern about the fact that the proportion of single women is higher than that of single men in Taipei, he asked: "How is it possible if there are foreign brides and when we have already imported 300,000 of them?"
Tuesday, March 10, 2015
Cynics in Taiwan have no faith in the law. They satirically quip: "The first trial winds up in a death sentence, the second in life imprisonment, and the third in celebration with pork knuckle and rice spaghettini."
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