Indeed, nowhere, in a story on Ma's re-election campaign, does AFP mention the apparently tight race between the two parties' respective candidates, or any other fact about the current election cycle, even one as basic as who Ma is running against (instead, it discusses a former president who is a non-candidate) -- or the DPP's Tsai being in Europe learning about renewables, or a possible spoiler role for James Soong (backstory -- Soong has threatened that he might enter the race, I've heard on the quiet). Lots of fun stuff happening, none of it will show up in the AFP story.
Actually, it is not going to be fun to read AFP this election year. It is going to be sad, at all the potential for communication and understanding lost because AFP's political reporting is so often cartoonish.
- Gerrit van der Wees reviews Milo Thornberry's book about his involvement with the pro-democracy movement in the 1960s. My right sidebar has a link so you can purchase this great book.
- WaPo with a travel piece on Fo Guang Shan and its pro-China, pro-KMT, anti-Taiwan leader, Hsing Yun. No mention of the latter, of course, all is sweetness and light for a "humanistic" Buddhist leader who was a member of the leadership of a brutal authoritarian political party that murdered thousands of people in Taiwan. It's a travel piece, can't expect too much. In researching this I noticed Hsing Yun's Wiki page has been scrubbed. It mentions his political involvement but no longer notes that he is a former KMT central standing committee member; as I recall it used to. I collected some stuff on Hsing Yun back in 2009, including his call for obliterating the local Taiwanese identity.
- Ma's plan to set up Taiwan culture center in Canada may prove awkward for Canadian gov't.
- BBC with a story on the grouper trade with China.
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