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.
Thursday, August 8, 2013
In less than six months, Taiwan's plaza of freedom on Ketagalan Boulevard has twice seen crowds over 100,000 strong. Rallying for a nuclear-free energy policy and over a soldier who died after being subjected to harsh exercise regimes as part of wrongful disciplinary punishment, protesters came out in force without the mobilization of the old political forces behind most past mass demonstrations. The peaceful and apparently apolitical rallies were praised as examples of Taiwan's mature democracy and as signs of a civil movement awakening.
Wednesday, August 7, 2013
Under the overwhelming pressure amid public outcry over the abuse and subsequent death of an Army conscript, the Legislative Yuan yesterday approved of an amendment allowing crimes committed by military personnel during peacetime to be tried in civilian courts, a move that concluded in unprecedented speed and magnitude.
Saturday, June 15, 2013
On June 9, the last day before a giant inflatable yellow rubber duck left Hong Kong, the East Asian city was in a sad mood. Local dailies ran front-page stories bidding farewell to the 16.5-meter-tall artwork inspired by the iconic bath toy.1 Comment
Friday, June 7, 2013
After the magnitude-6.3 earthquake struck Taiwan on Sunday, several major news outlets ran a video of a massive rockslide captured by an amateur photographer surnamed Sun at Pi-shih Bridge in Nantou. The next day, several newspapers also posted an amateur photo taken apparently at a nearby location prominently on their reports.