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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...
 

Uighurs in Kazakhstan rally against China crackdown

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ALMATY (Reuters) - Thousands of ethnic Uighurs rallied in the Kazakhstan city of Almaty on Sunday to protest against a crackdown against Uighurs in the neighboring Chinese region of Xinjiang.

Around 5,000 Uighurs, including women wearing white scarves as a sign of mourning, gathered in a Soviet-era congress hall in Kazakhstan's biggest city to express their anger at China's crackdown in its northwestern Muslim region.

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Church asks Obama to prevent China takeover

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The Presbyterian Church in Taiwan yesterday issued an open letter to US President Barack Obama, reminding him not to sacrifice Taiwan’s national interest as the US develops closer ties with China.

“We urge the US government to review its policies concerning Taiwan and China, recognize the fact that Taiwan and China are two separate countries, and take a leading role in calling together all peace-and-justice-loving countries in the world to prevent China from taking over Taiwan through military or any other means for any reason,” the Church’s statement said.

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Activists slam reports on Chen's grandson

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Media reform and children’s welfare activists yesterday condemned media outlets for recent reports that violated the privacy of former president Chen Shui-bian’s grandson Chao Yi-an.

“A lot of people in our society do not like Chen and his family but the children [in the family] should not be dragged into this,” Humanistic Education Foundation chairman Shih Ying told a news conference. “The penalty of zhulian jiuzu should not exist in the civilized and democratic society we’re living in today.”

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Newsflash


On stage from left: American Institute in Taiwan (AIT) Chairman James Moriarty, US Assistant Secretary of State for Educational and Cultural Affairs Marie Royce, President Tsai Ing-wen, US Department of State Bureau of Overseas Buildings Operations Principal Deputy Director Ambassador William Moser and AIT Director Kin Moy yesterday unveil the entrance of the AIT’s new home in Taipei’s Neihu Distict.
Photo: CNA

Taiwanese and US officials yesterday reiterated their commitment to strengthening bilateral relations as they celebrated the dedication of the American Institute in Taiwan’s (AIT) new office compound in Taipei’s Neihu District (內湖).