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Thursday, June 4, 2015
Hung Hsiu-chu, vice president of the Legislative Yuan or deputy parliament speaker, remains the only participant in the ruling Kuomintang's (KMT) 2016 presidential primary. The KMT didn't cancel the primary, and instead requires her to have her voter support found out by at least two public opinion surveys. Should the straw polls show the support at 30 percent or lower, the party's all-powerful Central Standing Committee could recommend that she be not nominated, and instead draft a more likely winner to run for the election scheduled for Jan. 16, 2016.
Wednesday, June 3, 2015
Last week's murder in a Beitou District elementary school has some sadly familiar elements. Kung Chung-an (龔重安), 29, who is suspected of stabbing a schoolgirl to death, has commonalities with Cheng Chieh (鄭捷), 22, on death row for an attack last May that killed four and injured 24 in the Taipei MRT.
Tuesday, June 2, 2015
The Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS) virus is causing alarm in neighboring South Korea and China. As of Sunday, 15 cases of the severe form of SARS have been diagnosed in South Korea, including a man who went to mainland China via Hong Kong, defying health authorities' border control efforts and subsequently leading to dozens of others needing to be quarantined.
Monday, June 1, 2015
Last month, mainland China's top-level professional basketball league, the Chinese Basketball Association (CBA), announced that for the first time it will be holding a player draft.
Sunday, May 31, 2015
The presidential election is only less than eight months away, but the course of the campaign has yet to show a clear direction. While the Kuomintang (KMT) has been trying to discredit the main opposition camp's candidate, Tsai Ing-wen, by concentrating its criticism on her allegedly vague China policy, the ruling party itself hasn't even finalized its own.
Saturday, May 30, 2015
Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) Chairwoman Tsai Ing-wen will embark on her U.S. tour today, labeled the "Iron Man's Schedule" for her intense 12-day tour that takes Tsai to six cities across the U.S. While it is certain that Tsai will need to clarify her cross-strait relations plan, and delve deeper into what it means to "maintain the status quo," both China and the U.S. have also thrown another curveball that is closely tied to the previous issue: the South China Sea dispute.
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Friday, May 29, 2015
In case you haven't heard, Ireland passed a historic referendum last Friday, overwhelmingly voting in favor of same-sex marriage. Even more importantly, this is the first country to legalize marriage equality by popular vote, and it won't be the last.
Thursday, May 28, 2015
Gen. Douglas MacArthur said in a farewell speech to the U.S. Congress on April 19, 1951, "Old soldiers never die. They just fade away." He was an old soldier who had just been sacked by President Harry S. Truman as commander-in-chief of the U.N. Command in the Korean War. Unlike the war-hero five-star general who just faded away, some of Taiwan's political has-beens never die, and try not to fade away.
Wednesday, May 27, 2015
Political hypocrisy is rife in Taiwan at present as the main political parties jostle over proposed constitutional amendments, admonishing one another, albeit comically, to be nonpartisan and take the high road by putting country ahead of party. Proposed amendments include lowering the voting age to 18, allowing absentee ballots and resuming legislative approval over the appointment of the premier.
Tuesday, May 26, 2015
By the time this newspaper goes to newsstands, the world will know if "The Assassin" (聶隱娘), the martial arts film by Taiwanese director Hou Hsiao-hsien (侯孝賢), has taken the prestigious Palme d'Or, the biggest award at the Cannes Film Festival.
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