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Saturday, December 20, 2014
The government has a PR problem. Ever since President Ma Ying-jeou came into office six years ago, upping the media game has been one of the main missions of his Cabinet. Given the unpopularity of the president, the government has yet to crack that nut.
Friday, December 19, 2014
More than 30,000 Taiwanese pigeon breeders race about two million pigeons each year, of which an estimated 1.5 million die, according to People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA). The American animal rights organization, which launched an investigation into Taiwan's deadly pigeon races earlier this year, has long argued that races often prove fatal for pigeons released hundreds of kilometers offshore and forced to fly home.
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Thursday, December 18, 2014
Following the recent election of Taipei Mayor-elect Ko Wen-je's (柯文哲) new female head of the Labor Department, and Japanese Prime Minister Abe Shinzo's firm stance behind a workforce with more women, it would seem that women's rights are being better supported this year in Asia, where gender discrimination has presided over laws and people's beliefs for centuries.
Wednesday, December 17, 2014
During the last day of the student protesters' occupation of the Legislative Yuan last spring, the protest known as the Sunflower Movement faced its biggest crisis.
Tuesday, December 16, 2014
The landslide victory of the Democratic Progressive Party in the Nov. 29 nationwide local elections touched off a spate of calls for the compassionate release (保外就醫) of former President Chen Shui-bian, who is serving a 20-year sentence for corruption and graft as well as money laundering. He has been given medical treatment at the Beite prison hospital in Taichung since April 13 last year.
Monday, December 15, 2014
Constitutional reform is an issue that has been moved to the forefront of public debate in the wake of the Kuomintang's (KMT) devastating loss in the 9-in-1 Elections last month.
Sunday, December 14, 2014
The chance of Eric Chu running in the 2016 presidential election seems low now that he has reiterated his promise to complete the four-year New Taipei mayoral term he has just been re-elected to. But perhaps he is looking at a different path taking him to the pinnacle of his political career.
Saturday, December 13, 2014
Two explosive revelations from a gossip magazine have dominated the news since Wednesday. The half-hour public admission by a famous chef of his “improper interaction” with a female fan inside a motel received a level of national attention that presidents can only dream of.
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Friday, December 12, 2014
It just happened, and almost no one has noticed that mainland China now accounts for 16.5 percent of the global economy when measured in real purchasing-power terms, compared with 16.3 percent for the United States.
Thursday, December 11, 2014
Taiwan's vernacular media have been holding up President Ma Ying-jeou for ridicule since his Kuomintang (KMT) suffered a landslide loss in the Nov. 29 9-in-1 Elections. He has been blasted for his incompetence, his heavy reliance on his mediocre inner circle, and for letting the equally mediocre Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) score an upset landslide win in the nationwide local elections.
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