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Formosa betrayed redux: 2010 edition

While President Ma Ying-jeou (馬英九) and those who benefit from trade relations between Taiwan and China are busy promoting a proposed cross-strait economic cooperation framework agreement (ECFA), there is a truth that they dare not face up to: That the real problem is the widening gap between rich and poor, accompanied by worsening class oppression.

When these economic and political beneficiaries, following the trend of economic globalization, keep traveling between China and Taiwan, what they dare not admit is that they have sold out democratic values and reneged on their promises to society.


China could ‘crash’ this year, top investor warns

Investor Marc Faber said China’s economy will slow and possibly “crash” within a year as declines in stock and commodity prices signal the nation’s property bubble is set to burst.

The Shanghai Composite Index has failed to regain last year’s high while industrial commodities and shares of Australian resource exporters are acting “heavy,” Faber said. The opening of the World Expo in Shanghai last week is “not a particularly good omen,” he said, citing a property bust and depression that followed the 1873 World Exhibition in Vienna.


Taiwan needs place in the world

How to enhance the international space for Taiwan is a complex issue that needs to be addressed by the international community. Unfortunately, it is not even on the current agenda as we are preoccupied with other issues deemed more critical to international safety and security and therefore of higher priority to policymakers.

However, it is essential that we elevate this issue to a higher level of attention and that we get it right. The main problem, of course, is that after Chiang Kai-shek (蔣介石) was expelled from China in the late 1940s and occupied Taiwan, the US continued to recognize his regime as the legal government of China, and referred to it under the “Republic of China” moniker.


‘Formosa Betrayed’ set for Taiwan release in August

Formosa Betrayed, the first US-made movie devoted to a storyline set during the White Terror era, is scheduled for theatrical release in Taiwan by Sky Digi Entertainment Co this August, the film’s producer said.

“Since before the movie was completed, thousands of fans have wondered when it would be released in Taiwan. Now, we are excited to announce that the film is scheduled to be in Taiwanese theaters beginning the weekend of August 6, 2010,” Taiwanese-­American filmmaker William Tiao (刁毓能) said in an open letter issued on Friday.


ECFA: Is it a takeover or a trade agreement?

Chung-Hua Institution for Economic Research chairman Cyrus Chu (朱敬一) published an article in the Chinese-language United Daily News on April 19 entitled “Reducing taxes to save the economy is rubbish” (降稅救經濟是放屁!). The article fulminated against academics and politicians who support the nonsensical idea that the economy can be saved by lowering taxes.

Chu says it would be surprising if businesspeople did not want tax reductions, but if senior government officials think lowering taxes will save the economy, those politicians who mistake nonsense for the truth deserve to be blamed.


A Visit with Former President Chen Shui-bian Raises Questions on Taiwan's Double Standard of Justice

Former President Chen Shui-bian has been in jail for over 500 days on corruption charges while others found guilty of the same and other crimes were never jailed and walk free. Those walking free are from the Chinese Nationalist Party (KMT) and People's First Party (PFP); Chen is from the Democratic Progressive Party (DPP). Chen has been denied the human right of proper defense and proper lawyer client privileges. His judge was replaced when he did not give the desired verdict wanted by Chen's opponents who work for Taiwan's current president Ma Ying-jeou. Many of those associated with the President Chen's case have been jailed in an attempt to force them to fabricate, create and/or provide incriminating evidence against Chen. No one involved with the numerous other corruption cases of the KMT and PFP have been treated this way. For the moment, however, let's leave aside the double standard of justice in Taiwan. There is time enough for that later. Today I just want to describe the conditions one experiences if he/she visits former President Chen.

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Social Democratic Party convener Fan Yun, center, appears at a news conference in Taipei yesterday.
Photo: Chien Jung-fong, Taipei Times

Cooperation among candidates from smaller political parties showed a glimmer of hope yesterday, as the New Power Party’s (NPP) Freddy Lim (林昶佐) withdrew from the legislative race in Taipei’s Daan District (大安) to make way for Fan Yun (范雲) of the Social Democratic Party (SDP).