What's aflame on the blogs this week?
- Echo Taiwan on the Ma Administration's plan to put military instructors (political commissars) in the nation's public schools. A MUST READ.
- Drew and friends' hundred mile ride through the mountains of Taichung and Nantou. Awesome.
- Taiwanese Identity on pop musicians and identity
- Taiwan's Korea Strategy from Hear in Taiwan
- Darren Melrose on torturing your feet.
- maddog rips Reuters' Ralph Jennings for the piece I linked to below.
- Ben on ECFA and other stuff in a Threesome!
- Cycling Satin Sestina with more CNC pics. Lovely.
- maddog comments on the problem of public order here under Ma. Jerome on the KMT and crime in Taichung. Sorry, but it wasn't any different when we had a DPP mayor; there's just a lot more money now. Still the Central government is pitching in to help....current KMT mayor Jason Hu.
- Hanjie on Ma-Kau Ecological Park
- Getting behind the wheel in Taiwan
- Global Voices: an open letter to Tadao Ando
- Laowiseass rips the McTruths about Taiwan and China. Exellent work.
- Sean on the H1N1 hype: Big Pharma driven.
- Tea Masters finds the perfect spot to drink tea. With great pics.
- Scott says White House to announce interesting news on Mars' potential for life.
- Everyone but Reuters: Reuters with the bizarre claim that Taiwanese show "guarded acceptance" of ECFA -- in a country where it routinely gets only 40% of the population to support it in polls. Compare the two excellent pieces on the same topic by AP (Taiwanese president faces hurdles in key China trade deal) and BBC (Taiwan at crossroads in relationship with China) that contain actual poll information and correctly state that Taiwanese at best are divided. See also this piece from SCMP, normally a KMT cheerleader, another strong article on the ambivalence of the local population toward ECFA (except for the weird claim that 7,000 Chinese tourists are visiting each day).
- Taiwan Today with editorial on Ma Administration's food policy. The mating of foods with areas -- Taichung's sun cookie, Hsinchu's meatballs, etc -- was a deliberate KMT policy to encourage local tourism without encouraging local interest in local history and the growth of a local alternative identity. The current policy of promoting Taiwan's food to the world relies on the ardent Taiwanese belief that the island's cuisine is world class.
- Taipei Times argues Taichung needs a change of mayor. The crime and close links between police and gangs are well known to the public.
- Visits: Feinstein, the Senator from California whose husband is a major businessman in China, is on whirlwind visit to the island. Mike Huckabee, the former presidential candidate, is also here scooping up cash.
- Kaohsiung Stadium rated best in the world. You can't make this stuff up.
- Taiwan News rips the Grand Justices on the death penalty.
- Cycling in Taiwan by Paul Murray.
- Dell loses consumer lawsuit here.
- DPP to introduce new funding mechanisms.
- 3000 Chinese students have already enrolled here.
- Taiwan's envoy in Manila pushes for Philippines-Taiwan FTA.
- AIT head says TIFA between Taiwan and US can go without China approval.
- Years too late, head of Taiwan business association says it may be time for Taiwan firms to exit China.
- China in nuke deal with Pakistan.
- Commonwealth explores why South Korea has surpassed Taiwan.
- Burma/Myanmar, in partnership with N Korea, appears to have begun a nuclear weapons program.
CLIMATE: Arctic Ice in death spiral.
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