Sunday, December 15, 2013
The latest pollution scandal involving Advanced Semiconductor Engineering (ASE) has come as a shock to the nation not because pollution by factories is anything new in Taiwan, but because ASE is such a big company.
Saturday, December 14, 2013
Time Magazine announced on Dec. 11 that it picked Pope Francis as the Person of the Year for 2013. Not bad for a man who is less than a year into his job.
Friday, December 13, 2013
The green light goes on. You step into the street — but not before you checked the lane for any reckless cars — and resume your easy gait. Everyday, pedestrians are lulled into a false sense of security by traffic lights, so reliable in their clocked intervals, and the flimsy shield of regulations that prohibit irresponsible driving. But accidents happen, and it seems like there is no way to stanch the blood and lives lost on the roads when there are drivers that do not care whether they are putting others' lives at jeopardy., 3 Comments
Thursday, December 12, 2013
Yaung Chih-liang, a former health minister, incited controversy last month by posting on his Facebook homepage a commentary urging National Taiwan University to apologize to the people of Taiwan.
Wednesday, December 11, 2013
On Nov. 23, a woman in Hong Kong reported to police that her six-month-old daughter was snatched while she was distracted by a man and woman asking for directions. The pair spoke with a mainland Chinese accent, she noted.
Tuesday, December 10, 2013
The world is entranced as it ponders the passing of South Africa's revered former president Nelson Mandela. As we mourn his passing, the giant's success in dismantling the morally outrageous system of legal discrimination known as apartheid and ushering in a new democratic government formed on a blueprint for racial harmony deserves our study., 1 Comment
Monday, December 9, 2013
Since his passing on Thursday night at age 95, people from around the world have called Nelson Mandela “one of humanity's true heroes;” a tireless leader whose message of reconciliation and forgiveness will remain a constant “source of inspiration.”
Sunday, December 8, 2013
The Cabinet recently formed a cross-ministry task force to identify and solve Taiwan's environmental and overdevelopment problems, a move prompted by a much acclaimed documentary that shows the island's “beauty and sadness” in images taken from the air.
Saturday, December 7, 2013
One of the perils of contemporary democracies is how members of the public from the same nations regard a debate as a “war of words.” Instead, in the sense of the word as a regulated discussion of a chosen topic between two matched sides, debate should be valued first and foremost as an endeavor to communicate, not merely as a means to defeat people who happen to not to agree on an issue.
Friday, December 6, 2013
As exports decline and the local IT sector loses its edge in innovation, Taiwan now stands at a crossroads. The island's next steps in its economic development plan will determine the country's future.