Time Magazine announced on Dec. 11 that it picked Pope Francis as the Person of the Year for 2013. Not bad for a man who is less than a year into his job.
The green light goes on. You step into the street — but not before you checked the lane for any reckless cars — and resume your easy gait. Everyday, pedestrians are lulled into a false sense of security by traffic lights, so reliable in their clocked intervals, and the flimsy shield of regulations that prohibit irresponsible driving. But accidents happen, and it seems like there is no way to stanch the blood and lives lost on the roads when there are drivers that do not care whether they are putting others' lives at jeopardy.
2013/12/13, 1 Comment
Yaung Chih-liang, a former health minister, incited controversy last month by posting on his Facebook homepage a commentary urging National Taiwan University to apologize to the people of Taiwan.
On Nov. 23, a woman in Hong Kong reported to police that her six-month-old daughter was snatched while she was distracted by a man and woman asking for directions. The pair spoke with a mainland Chinese accent, she noted.
The Cabinet recently formed a cross-ministry task force to identify and solve Taiwan's environmental and overdevelopment problems, a move prompted by a much acclaimed documentary that shows the island's “beauty and sadness” in images taken from the air.
One of the perils of contemporary democracies is how members of the public from the same nations regard a debate as a “war of words.” Instead, in the sense of the word as a regulated discussion of a chosen topic between two matched sides, debate should be valued first and foremost as an endeavor to communicate, not merely as a means to defeat people who happen to not to agree on an issue.
As exports decline and the local IT sector loses its edge in innovation, Taiwan now stands at a crossroads. The island's next steps in its economic development plan will determine the country's future.
This year marked the 70th anniversary of the Cairo Declaration, the outcome of a meeting attended by Franklin Roosevelt, Winston Churchill and Chiang Kai-shek. The communique declared that the Empire of Japan should restore control of Taiwan and other territories to the Republic of China upon its surrender.
2013/12/5, 4 Comments
To most newcomers, Taipei is an ugly city compared to its Western counterparts, like Paris, London or New York, due mostly to the island's high humidity and temperatures, which wear down building exteriors much faster than in temperate climates.
Ker Chien-ming, Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) legislative caucus whip for 17 years, was convicted more than four years ago by the Taipei District Court on charges of breach of trust while serving as general manager of Formosa TV, which had yet to go on the air.