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William Randolph Hearst, the celebrated journalist who gave rise to yellow journalism, defined news as “something that the people like to talk about.” Fine. But it's the news editor who decides what people like to talk about. So there are a lot of hypes, hullabaloos, and hooplas. All of them, unfortunately, seem to be in demand in the newsrooms of Taipei's media.
For years politicians have been promising to rise above petty two-party politics. Yet since most politicians in office or who have a real chance of winning elections are from the two major parties — the Kuomintang (KMT) and the Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) — these promises amount to not much more than an aspirational slogan. Taiwan's politics has long been a fight between the KMT and the pan-blue camp of small parties against the DPP and the pan-green parties.
Taiwan is slated to hold its next presidential election on Jan. 16, 2016. Ever watchful of political developments in Taiwan, the Chinese government through an official newspaper recently drew attention to two sets of heavyweights that are likely to face off in the 2016 election.
As today the people of Singapore mourn their nation's most important leader, Lee Kuan Yew, at a national funeral, the amount of praise lavished on the man is awe-inspiring in itself.
President Ma Ying-jeou this week said cross-strait relations have recently been the most peaceful in decades. Maybe he was right in terms of full-blown military confrontations, but tensions between the two sides remain, albeit in more subtle forms.
Will there be enough water for everyone on the planet in the future? Theoretically yes, but we need to dramatically change our use of the resource, warns the United Nations in its 2015 Annual World Water Development Report.
Taiwan's recent social and political turbulences that culminated with last year's Sunflower Movement and the election of the first Taipei mayor without a party affiliation have in many ways been a wake-up call for the nation.
People began to pay their annual visits to ancestral tombs a little earlier this year. The custom is for them to visit one week before and after Clear and Bright Day (清明節), which falls on April 5. They possibly hope to shun the terrible traffic congestion surrounding the holy day.
Many Taiwanese soccer fans have been calling the island nation a “soccer desert” because in a country known for its love of baseball, soccer takes a backseat.
The advent of smartphones has provided Taiwanese citizens, if not the entire world, with the convenience of hand-held sources of pleasure, whether it be e-books, the Internet or simply games. In Taiwan, the most popular distractions people tend to resort to when commuting are either online reads or smartphone games.
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