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Chen still silent as trial nears close

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Former president Chen Shui-bian yesterday again refused to answer questions at his trial at Taipei District Court.

Presiding Judge Tsai Shou-hsun scheduled yesterday’s session to have Chen examine case files. All of Tsai’s questions to the former president regarding whether he had any comments about the files went unanswered.

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Taiwan considering PRC media swap

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The Mainland Affairs Council (MAC) said yesterday it was considering relaxing regulations to allow Chinese media outlets to establish branches in Taipei and vice versa.

Currently, only individual Chinese reporters, not media organizations, are allowed to enter Taiwan on three-month visas. The same rule applies to Taiwanese journalists in China.

Last Updated ( Friday, 24 July 2009 08:20 ) Read more...
 

DPP gives ministry three days to pull ‘racist’ comic

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Cartoon characters Fa Sao, left, and Yi-ge are seen in Taipei on Monday standing in front of comic strips designed to inform the public about the contents of the proposed economic cooperation framework agreement (ECFA) between Taiwan and China.
PHOTO: CNA

A comic strip published by the Ministry of Economic Affairs (MOEA) to promote a proposed economic cooperation framework agreement (ECFA) with China is marred by racist, derogatory and “extremely offensive” content, the Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) said yesterday.

The party threatened to report the ministry to the Control Yuan unless it suspended the comic strip within three days.

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Chen removes cast, still limping, secretary says

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Former president Chen Shui-bian’s secretary said yesterday that Chen had taken off the cast on his right foot, but was still hobbling when he walks.

Chiang Chih-ming said the former president no longer needed the cast for tendonitis in the foot, and did not need a wheelchair.

Last Updated ( Tuesday, 21 July 2009 08:03 ) Read more...
 

CKS memorial restored amid low-level protests

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A protester holds a placard outside police barricades as workers put back a sign reading ‘‘Chiang Kai-shek Memorial Hall’’ at the landmark in Taipei yesterday.
PHOTO: NICKY LOH, REUTERS

The Chinese Nationalist Party (KMT) government yesterday restored dictator Chiang Kai-shek’s name to National Taiwan Democracy Memorial Hall in Taipei, reversing a move two years ago by the then-­Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) administration to remove relics of authoritarianism.

The replacement of the plaque began at about 8:10am after some 300 police officers secured the hall with barricades overnight and put up an official document stating that the hall would be closed for 24 hours for “official business.”

Last Updated ( Tuesday, 21 July 2009 08:06 ) Read more...
 

Savvy Web surfers catch Ma in online flagrante delicto

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A spoof of the poster for the movie Back To The Future features President Ma Ying-jeou and Vice President Vincent Siew as the two main characters. The poster was made by an Internet user to ridicule Ma after it was found that he had pre-recorded his online videos scheduled for the next two Saturdays.
PHOTO OF INTERNET PICTURE TAKEN BY LIU JUNG

Internet users made fun of President Ma Ying-jeou yesterday after discovering “futuristic” online videos prerecorded by the Presidential Office.

An Internet user named Xdite wrote on the popular Web forum PTT that if users substituted the Web Site address of Ma’s weekly video for the dates July 25 and Aug. 1, viewers could watch in advance Ma’s online videos scheduled for the next two Saturdays.

The two videos were circulated among pan-green Plurkers before being removed yesterday.

Last Updated ( Monday, 20 July 2009 08:29 ) Read more...
 

Falun Gong march marks decade-long persecution

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Falun Gong practitioners hold portraits of alleged victims at a demonstration in Taipei yesterday to mark the 10th anniversary of China’s launch of a crackdown on the group. China banned Falun Gong in 1999 after branding it an “evil cult.”
PHOTO: AP

More than 1,000 Falun Gong practitioners staged a protest yesterday against China’s persecution of the movement over the past 10 years.

Led by a marching band, protesters held banners and signs as they departed from a park across the street from Taipei 101.

“Ending the Chinese Communist Party [CCP] regime is the only way to end the persecution,” one sign read, while a banner said: “Supporting human rights in China is supporting freedom for Taiwan.”

Last Updated ( Monday, 20 July 2009 08:12 ) Read more...
 


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Newsflash

While thousands celebrated New Year’s Eve by going to rock concerts or watching the sunrise on the east coast, more than 200 people — mostly students — chose to attend a rally in Liberty Square in Taipei last night vowing to continue their anti-media monopoly campaign this year.

Aside from the protesters, Taiwan Solidarity Union Chairman Huang Kun-huei (黃昆輝), Democratic Progressive Party caucus whip Ker Chien-ming (柯建銘), Taiwan independence advocate and historian Su Beng (史明), and National Taiwan University professors Flora Chang (張錦華) and Lin Huo-wang (林火旺) were also present.