Thursday, June 20, 2013
There is one clear message Xi Jinping, general secretary of the Chinese Communist Party, sent to his Kuomintang counterpart Ma Ying-jeou by meeting Wu Poh-hsiung at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing last Thursday. As a matter of fact, Wu, an honorary chairman of the Kuomintang, met Xi as Ma's proxy. The message is: “I am getting very impatient and I want a new modus vivendi between China and Taiwan.”
Wednesday, June 19, 2013
On Monday, British newspaper The Guardian fired off another broadside in the cyber-spying controversy sparked by intelligence methods revealed by former U.S. National Security Agency specialist Edward Snowden. This time, another Western government is involved; the UK government apparently spied on guests at the 2009 G-20 Summit in conjunction with the NSA.
Tuesday, June 18, 2013
The recent case in which a 17-year-old girl and her boyfriend set fire to the girl's house, resulting in serious injuries to her father, has drawn nationwide attention.
Monday, June 17, 2013
In a feature movie released last week, Superman brought down a US$12 million drone the U.S. military deployed to locate his home. The man who is effectively an illegal immigrant for 33 years demanded that the U.S. government allow him to lead a life saving the world “on his own terms.”
Sunday, June 16, 2013
Food safety is an important issue for everyone. And so the Department of Health's recently announced Special Food Safety Project, aimed at identifying the producers and resellers of substandard food products, is both significant and welcome.
Saturday, June 15, 2013
Wowprime Chairman Dai Sheng-yi (戴勝益) recently gave what was reportedly a well received talk at National Chung Hsing University. In his keynote speech, Dai said that those who earn less than NT$50,000 a month can forget about saving money and should instead spend their money on building social connections.
Friday, June 14, 2013
Taiwan is set to implement its 12-year compulsory education program next year. While junior high school graduates next year are promised another three years of free education, uncertainty and an even more complicated form of senior high school admission process await them.
Wednesday, June 12, 2013
A young European woman residing in Taiwan has posted an article on her blog complaining about the behavior of Chinese males she dated in what she calls a “cross-cultural social experience dint.” Without mincing words, she contends that having a boyfriend in Taiwan simply “sucks.” By Chinese, she means both ethnic Chinese raised in Taiwan and their mainland cousins.
Late Sunday, an ex-CIA worker and former employee at a U.S. National Security Agency-affiliated contracting firm, 29-year-old Edward Snowden, exposed himself as the source behind the leaks on the U.S. government's tracking of phone calls and PRISM — a massive cyber-surveillance program that enables the government to collect emails, videos, chats, photos, and even login records on information traffic passing through the U.S.
Tuesday, June 11, 2013
What appears to have been developing into “typo-gate” has quickly ended as another small tempest in a teapot. All's well that ends well. It has whipped through the two-bit lawmakers who stirred up the storm.