Sunday, November 29, 2015
The Education Ministry's latest bid to extend National Health Insurance (NHI) cover to students from mainland China has failed as a result of strong objections from opposition lawmakers.
Saturday, November 28, 2015
Of the 420,000 unemployed people in Taiwan, 207,000 received job offers this year, but 51.7 percent declined offers due to their "inadequate compensation," according to data released by the Cabinet's Directorate General of Budget, Accounting and Statistics (DGBAS, 主計處) yesterday.
Friday, November 27, 2015
Turkey shot down a Russian fighter plane on Tuesday for allegedly violating its airspace. Although everyone is still wondering what threat this plane represented when it flew over Turkey for about 15 seconds, or a distance of less than 3 kilometers.....
Thursday, November 26, 2015
President Ma Ying-jeou and the two major candidates in the upcoming presidential election condemned the series of terrorist attacks in Paris on Nov. 13. "We stand side by side with the French people in condemning the violence and hoping that order will be restored as soon as possible," Ma said in a statement., 1 Comment
Wednesday, November 25, 2015
Taiwan got what it has long wished for when U.S. President Barack Obama named it as one of Washington's counter-terrorism partners in the region at a press conference before leaving Kuala Lumpur after the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) East Asia summit., 1 Comment
Tuesday, November 24, 2015
Within a week of the terrorist attacks on Paris and bombings in Beirut, a hotel siege was carried out in Mali on Friday, leading to at least 21 killed as of press time. What is also alarming is how media reports show that similar threats were made to Malaysia during its hosting of the ASEAN summit, implying that the threat from terrorism will likely enter another stage in Southeast Asia.
Sunday, November 22, 2015
Following the Paris terror attack, there has been some discussion in the local media about whether Taiwan is capable of foiling or handling terrorism. One expert (incidentally President Ma Ying-jeou's nephew) who has served in the U.S. military's special forces claims that judging from the developments of last year's Sunflower Movement -- where student protesters burst police blockades and then occupied the parliament for weeks -- Taiwan is not ready to handle terror attacks., 2 Comments
Saturday, November 21, 2015
Some groups in Taipei have had some odd views recently. They criticized the government for being afraid of speaking out on the issue of Taiping Island, also called Itu Aba in the Philippines, which they claimed the Permanent Court of Arbitration in The Hague has degraded as a rock.
Friday, November 20, 2015
Tens of thousands of defiant soccer fans joined Prince William, Jeremy Corbyn, Boris Johnson and David Cameron on Tuesday evening for a rousing rendition of "La Marseillaise" at Wembley Stadium under the French motto, "Liberté, Egalité, Fraternité," meaning "freedom, equality, fraternity" in English.
Thursday, November 19, 2015
The people of Taiwan have almost forgotten President Chen Shui-bian, who is now on medical parole and out of prison, where he has to serve the rest of his 20-year sentence for corruption and graft, as well as money laundering. To awaken their memories, his son Chih-chung has posted on his Facebook homepage a picture showing the disgraced former president posing with Taipei City Mayor Ko Wen-je., 2 Comments