Taiwan imported — apart from democracy — another important concept from Europe that lies at the core of its current conflicts and debates. It is the concept of sovereignty that Europe brought to Asia along with the West's own understanding of international law, incrementally burdened by the experience of centuries of wars over borders between European nations.
Numerous third-generation Chinese-Americans in New York or elsewhere have no doubt joined me in being told, “You speak English so well,” or asked, “Where did you learn your English?”
From a free market anti-capitalist perspective, Jeremy Rifkin's account of “The Rise of Anti-Capitalism” (New York Times, March 15) gets it almost right.
For nearly a week, supporters of the so-called “Sunflower Student Movement” have stormed and occupied the Legislative Yuan of the Republic of China (Taiwan) to protest the Cross-Strait Agreement on Trade in Services, a trade pact that furthers economic exchanges between Taiwan and the Chinese mainland by opening service sectors on both sides.
Russia's takeover of Crimea represents the checkmate of a geopolitical chess game between the Kremlin and the West.
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History is repeating itself in a terrifying way as Europe's Romani population faces increased hostility, discrimination, marginalization and poverty. I have previously written about the ethnic registration of Romani people perpetrated by Swedish police.
In the wake of Bitcoin exchange Mt. Gox's bankruptcy filing, more than four hundred of its customers have expressed interest in filing a class action lawsuit against the parent company and its chief, Mark Karpeles. Mt. Gox was the cryptocurrency's largest marketplace. Although Bitcoin's functioning is still incomprehensible to many, its value is real. Mt.Gox's losses are estimated at US$480 million.
Taipei Circle (台北圓環), located in the capital city's Datong District (大同區), this past Monday played host to the announcement by Sean Lien (連勝文), a scion of the Kuomintang (KMT, 國民黨), of his candidacy in the upcoming elections for Taipei mayor.
Speaking at the United Nations in 2006, Hugo Chavez excoriated ex-U.S. President George W. Bush as “the devil.” Chavez waved a copy of Noam Chomsky's “Hegemony or Survival: America's Quest for Global Dominance,” catapulting the book onto Amazon's best-seller list.
In November 2011 I was privileged enough to be selected as one of 36 delegates from Australia, New Zealand and South-East Asian countries by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of China (Taiwan) to take part in a 10-day “Study Camp” to Taiwan.