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Monday, June 2, 2014
A nation-defining moment was what President Park Geun-hye called the Sewol ferry tragedy in which three hundred died. In the aftermath of the disaster, the president disbanded the coast guard, blaming that organ of government for failing to respond to the crisis properly.
Sunday, June 1, 2014
The labor authorities are seeking to introduce stricter laws next year, regulating the job market by curbing the use of dispatched workers. But employers — from both the private and government sectors — have expressed concerns.
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Saturday, May 31, 2014
Recently, as night fell on a Chinese-speaking city in East Asia, thousands of people took to the streets to demand the withdrawal of a government policy with their glowing smartphones. They raised their arms, LED-lit phones in hand, and began to sing in unison. It was a historic moment. Some are already describing it as the city's democratic awakening.
Friday, May 30, 2014
The Cabinet's Directorate-General of Budget, Accounting and Statistics recently adjusted its forecast for Taiwan's GDP growth for this year to 2.98 percent, and estimated that domestic demand will contribute 2.47 percent to growth while foreign demand will contribute the remaining 0.51 percent. When speaking to the press,
Thursday, May 29, 2014
Former President Lee Teng-hui is a Christian. While he was in office, he used to say he would like to be a preacher after he retired. He didn't become a preacher, and instead founded the Taiwan Solidarity Union, a pro-independence party which has three seats in the 113-seat Legislative Yuan.
Wednesday, May 28, 2014
When you stab someone with a knife, it creates two gashes: first by entering the victim and ultimately via the scar left in their loved ones' hearts. It is inevitable that grief gives way to a burning desire to seek vengeance; an urge that would consume even the most logical of people.
Tuesday, May 27, 2014
Over 200 Taiwanese-owned companies were attacked and damaged, 18 factories were set ablaze and several hundred firms funded by Taiwanese investors suspended work owing to safety concerns during a wave of anti-China sentiment in Vietnam.
Monday, May 26, 2014
In the first four months of this year, 497 alleged short message service (SMS) scams were reported, swindling phone users out of as much as NT$3.15 million. As more and more people use their smartphones for financial transactions, it is little wonder that fraud groups are using text messages and messaging applications to steal money from unsuspecting members of the public. The Criminal Investigation Bureau (CIB, 刑事警察局) must step up its efforts to crack down on phone and Internet fraud rings.
Sunday, May 25, 2014
We are as confused as most parents and students are likely to be over the enrollment system accompanying the new 12-year education program that was designed, in theory, to reduce the pressure facing junior high school graduates seeking to move on to the last three years of secondary learning.
Saturday, May 24, 2014
A 21-year-old college student started a stabbing spree inside a Taipei MRT train Monday afternoon with a self-professed aim to “do something big.” It is probably natural — and paper-selling — for the media to demonize the assailant, to dub him a “butcher,” a “mad murderer” or a “cold-blooded killer,” but that would only give the assailant precisely what he wants.
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