Some links. J Michael's piece at the top is a must-read.
- J Michael with an excellent piece on how the government is tormenting young activists using the legal system. Two points should be made: (1) the young activists are choosing causes which have no obvious Blue-Green split in them to create solidarity and avoid the Blue-Green divide and (2) the government has long hinted it would do this in its constant admiration for Singapore. Ma said six years ago: "Singapore is different from us (Taiwan) as its emphasis is not on democratization. Nevertheless, it is professional, corruption-free and efficient, which is worth our learning...The Singapore Government is very efficient. They can reach consensus easily and there is no squabbling or fighting." (heh) The government has apparently been doing this for quite some time in its prosecutions of DPP politicians, but since the attacks are on political entities such as talk shows or politicians, criticism has been dismissed as politically motivated complaints. The social activists are showing that in fact these complaints are quite valid. The international media will remain silent, of course.
- Haha: Transparency International to run new survey on corruption in Taiwan
- NYTimes: Taiwan debates medical parole for Chen
- Taoyuan Prosecutors office probes missing video in Hung case
- The White Wolf's political ambitions
- HSR tix price rise likely in the offing; fuel prices rise.
- Three mayors Chu, Hu, and Hau likely to become Vice-Chairs of KMT
- Taiwan tech firms remain afloat thanks to currency markets
- Taipei waits on Manila for report on fisherman's death; 88,000 Pinoys head home after their contracts expire: Ralph J in Forbes.
- MKL on the Taiwanese singer who incorrectly represented Taiwan in China
- Poagao: the city of Taipei and its rivers
- With global food demand set to rise 40% over the next twenty years, technology may be the only answer: Project Syndicate
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