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Red Ants are Back

AFP reports that the Red Ant Army of Shih Ming-te is back in action.
Thousands of people rallied in the Taiwanese capital Sunday to mark the one-year anniversary of a campaign to oust President Chen Shui-bian over alleged corruption.
At least 1,000 riot police were deployed, but no clashes were reported in the candle-lit vigil, held on [...]

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Earthquakes tectonic and political

Articles in the local Chinese-language papers as well as in the Bangkok Post said that Taiwan may face a major quake soon….
Some Taiwan scientists have warned that a major earthquake might strike Taiwan soon because the number of small quakes has been unusually small in the first half of 2007, a newspaper reported Monday.
The Liberty [...]

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Ma-Wang Negotiations Ongoing

As everyone knows by now, former Taipei Mayor, Minister of Justice, and KMT Chairman Ma Ying-jeou has gone from being just an ordinary jeou to being the candidate of the KMT for the Presidency of Taiwan.
Ma now faces the problem of what to do with two important rivals, Wang Jin-pyng, the current legislative speaker of [...]

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KMT: the Past into the Future

The election for the new Chairman of the KMT ended in victory for Wu Po-hsiung, the former vice chair. Wu is now believed to be Ma Ying-jeou’s man, prompting Ma’s main rival, Speaker of the Legislature and longtime party insider Wang Jin-pyng to threaten hell and damnation:
In the wake of the KMT chairmanship by-election, Wang, [...]

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Red Ants Rise from the Grave

He promised to stay in front of the Presidential Office until Chen stepped down. Then he went back on that, and promised to stay in an apartment near the train station until Chen’s term was over. Now Shih Ming-teh, former democracy activist, former political prisoner, former Chairman of the DPP, and current tool of the [...]

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Ma to Run No Matter What

Former KMT Chairman Ma Ying-jeou announced that he would run for President no matter the outcome of his embezzlement trial:
Former Kuomintang Chairman Ma Ying-jeou (馬英九) said yesterday he would continue his presidential bid even if he is convicted of embezzlement in his trial set to begin April 3.
Ma, widely viewed as the KMT’s best [...]

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Blue team picks vote buyer for Keelung Mayor Election

The Chinese Nationalist Party (KMT) and its spinoff kid brother, the People’s First Party (PFP), jointly known as the pan-Blue coalition, have supposedly chosen Chang Tong-rong as their candidate for the Keelung Mayoral election necessitated by the death of Hsu Tai-li, the previous mayor. Chang is currently the speaker of the city council.
Hsu had been [...]

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Venusian Politics

And if he went back, there was a warrant waiting for him from the Federation Member Republic of Venus. That was standard procedure. If you got voted out of office, they indicted you for corrupt practices. There were no other kind in Venusian politics.– H. Beam Piper, When In the Course –
The China Post, the [...]

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Ma Wins, KMT Loses

Well he’s tellin’ us thisAnd he’s tellin’ us thatChanges it ev’ry daySays it doesn’t matterBases are loadedAnd Casey’s at batPlayin’ it play by playTime to change the batter — Joe Walsh
The Taiwan News put Green schadenfreude to page the other day with a long editorial applauding the stupidity of the KMT and the despair of [...]

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