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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.
Monday, May 25, 2015
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.
Sunday, May 24, 2015
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.
Saturday, May 23, 2015
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.
Friday, May 22, 2015
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?
Thursday, May 21, 2015
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.
Wednesday, May 20, 2015
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.
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