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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.
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.
Within the pan-green coalition, some old names have been emerging from the woodwork. Shih Ming-teh (施明德) -- who last made major news during the Depose A-Bian movement -- on Thursday charged both main parties with collusion with big business when announcing his bid for the presidency.
The Taipei Dome row seems like a never-ending story packed with twists and intrigue. But the Taipei City Government must tell the citizens, and the nation in general, when and how this row is going to end, and what is really going on behind the scenes.
The Presidential Office was active in holding public relations activities this week. A press conference inviting local and overseas reporters was held on Monday, followed the next day by a nearly 7,000-word presidential speech.
A foreign ambassador learned firsthand this week that driving in Taiwan can be an inconvenient, stressful and even dangerous experience. He also witnessed how Taiwan media, which have long been caught by shrill and sensational reporting, have now been reduced to the role of broadcasting "one-sided" stories, just like closed-circuit television (CCTV) broadcasts. What or who is your source?
On Monday, the outspoken former Health Minister Yaung Chih-liang (楊志良) officially joined the Kuomintang (KMT) primary for the 2016 presidential election by registering his candidacy.
Politicians who are about to attend private social gatherings will often tell the press: "Today, let's not talk politics." It is like a separate screen or customizable "login page" that allows a person or institution to disengage from a definition of politics that is nasty, ideological and upsets an otherwise apolitical, harmonious atmosphere.
China's National People's Congress is now deliberating on a bill to legislate a "National Security Law." Article 11 of the proposed act reads: "Whereas neither China's sovereignty nor its national territory allows division or partition, it is the common responsibility of all the Chinese people,
We as an entire human race are constantly evolving. Not so much physically perhaps, but more in our humanity, the dynamics of our relationships and our behavior. In the past, social caste systems were implemented both by the authorities and also by the general public.
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