‘The Tiger Awakens’: An observer’s view of the Sunflower Movement

Trista di Genova / Politics & Commentary March 30, 2014 I don’t read the newspapers or watch TV, since I lost my job in the media. Now I prefer to just show up and ask questions, and listen to what people say. On the way to Taipei, now, and to

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Exclusive photos: Students occupying Taiwan’s legislature

by Dave Johnson / The Wild East / Politics Editor’s note: The following photographs were taken by Dave Johnson on the evening when Taiwanese students occupied and took control of the legislature in Taipei over the issue of a Trade Pact with China, which many view as ‘selling out’ to

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Lawyer Billy Chen speaks at Breakfast Club

The Wild East / Peace & Justice Taiwan’s media have turned from the Zane Dean case to Lin Yi-shih, and now the Philippine Row. What makes this poignant and ironic is (for those who remember) a number of years ago, a Taiwanese gangster was sentenced to jail; he complained of

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Typhoon Bloody Warning for British People

By David Johnson The Wild East Just ‘got wind’ of the AIT’s (American Institute in Taiwan) typhoon warning for U.S. citizens. Bloody hell, don’t Americans make a big deal out of everything? Next they’ll be making a Hollywood movie out of all this rain. Warnings like this only make people

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Chomsky’s Appeal: Speaking Scientifically to the Power of Truth

In this age of demagogic bombasts, famous (and infamous) for bloated, turgid rants and supercilious harangues on the ‘fear-of-the-day’ or cause célèbre, what was it about hearing a soft-spoken, octogenarian academician that appealed to the disparate gathering in Taipei on August 9th? One may conclude that what brought all those people together was the chance to bear witness – a hunger even – to one man’s quest for truth in a world of obfuscation, deception and propaganda.

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