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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
2014/12/13, 1 Comment
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.
2014/12/11, 4 Comments
When Ko Wen-je (柯文哲) defeated his Kuomintang (KMT) rival Sean Lien (連勝文) by a wide margin of almost 250,000 votes, the pan-green independent Taipei mayoral candidate achieved what many only a year ago regarded as unthinkable. No pan-green candidate had ever taken over 50 percent of the votes in Taipei, which has long been a KMT stronghold, and Ko managed to score 57.16 percent.
2014/12/10, 1 Comment
In an effort to further liberalize the Korean Free Economic Zones (KFEZ), the South Korean government recently held Business Day 2014 from Dec. 3 to Dec. 5. The aim of the event was to attract foreign investment for South Korea's eight KFEZs. This came in the wake of a free trade agreement (FTA) inked on Nov. 10 between South Korea and mainland China.
The recent spate of racially charged police controversies in the U.S. raises plenty of questions about racial discrimination and police abuse of power.