Saturday, October 19, 2013
The safe-haven reputation of U.S. Treasury bills took a beating during the latest debt ceiling fight in Washington, and it won't be regained soon, even after the last-minute deal to avert a threatened default.1 Comment
Tuesday, October 1, 2013
C. V. Chen (陳長文), a famous lawyer and former head of the Red Cross Society of Taiwan, dropped a bomb on the political scene by proposing the dissolution of the Legislative Yuan in a China Times op-ed yesterday.
Thursday, September 19, 2013
After the Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) was dragged into the spotlight after seemingly legitimate evidence of influence-peddling involving DPP caucus whip Ker Chien-ming (柯建銘) was revealed, the party somehow miraculously backpedaled out of the controversy.
Tuesday, September 17, 2013
The “September Political Struggle,” as it is being called in the local media, is a testament of Taiwan's stability. When the nation, merely 17 years into life as a true democracy, sees an open war pitting the head of the executive branch against the head of the legislative branch, there is no sense of panic among the population.
Thursday, September 12, 2013
Before Tuesday, Wang Jin-pyng was known as the long-serving Legislative Yuan speaker, a consensus builder well-liked by lawmakers across the aisle and an enigma to most outside the political world. Before Tuesday, the public did not really care about what Wang had to say. As a Kuomintang (KMT) legislator-at-large, Wang did not actually have a constituency and the campaign trail was not his place.
Tuesday, September 10, 2013
Upon Legislative Yuan Speaker Wang Jin-pyng's (王金平) scheduled return to Taiwan today, the veteran politician will face one of the biggest challenges in his career.
Thursday, August 29, 2013
As the date for the proposed debate between President Ma Ying-jeou and Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) Chairman Su Tseng-chang (蘇貞昌) has been set, eyebrows have been raised over both political leaders' suspected motives.
Tuesday, August 27, 2013
Democratic movements, like plants, grow from the ground up and receive their distinctive characteristics from the terroirs that cultivate them.
Wednesday, August 21, 2013
Since four households in Dapu Village were razed by the Miaoli County Government against the owners' wishes in July, a string of demonstrations has been held by social activists from various fields in society. Several protesters and a police officer were injured in them.
Tuesday, August 13, 2013
Local media reported yesterday that the government is planning to sell tens of billions worth of blue-chip and state-invested firm stocks (The Economic Daily News put the estimate at NT$50 billion and The Commercial Times at NT$80 billion) to mitigate the central government budget deficit in 2014.