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Ma’s Sister Meets Powerful Gangster

My friend A-gu over at That’s Impossible! blogged on the Ma clan’s latest intersection with gangsters: his sister’s meeting with Chang An-lo, the White Wolf.

The DPP presidential ticket’s camp is blasting the sister of the KMT candidate for allegedly campaigning for him in China. According to a magazine report [in Next], Ma Yi-nan, the elder [...]

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Art Theft and Taiwan

A reader pointed to this one sentence in a recent and utterly fascinating piece on art theft that illuminates an entire world, like a searchlight spotting a plane ducking and weaving among dark clouds….
Much of the art ends up in northern Cyprus or Taiwan, because the islands are not officially countries, and have no extradition [...]

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Syndicates, Sharks, and Software

Taiwan crime gangs: they’re everywhere you want to be. The Independent describes an environmentalist out to save the world’s sharks from the idiotic and wasteful practice of eating shark fin soup. Who is running the business? Some of Taiwan’s finer contributions to the human gene pool…..
Protecting sharks is a risky business. In making Sharkwater, Stewart [...]

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A few Harsh Truths, and from Hille

Sometimes when life gives you want you want, you get it from the most unexpected directions. For quite some time I’ve been complaining that Kathrin Hille of the Financial Times has an unfortunate bias — intentional or otherwise — in favor of the KMT. I’ve also been bitching that there has been no mention at [...]

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Taiwanese Fraud Gangs Spread the Love Across Asia

For quite some time now I’ve been arguing that the government needs to do more about the local fraud gangs that operate in conjunction with Chinese gangs and use the latest technology to carry out their operations. Now the Asahi Shimbun complains that gangs from Taiwan are operating all over Asia — including a few [...]

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Hong Kong Movie Star Contracted to Whack Hsu Hsin-liang?

The Taipei Times came out with an interesting report that a Hong Kong movie star, Jimmy Wang (Wang Yu), has claimed that he was contacted about a murder for hire by the KMT. The intended victim was Hsu Hsin-liang, the former democracy activist and DPP Chairman, who switched sides at the end of the 1990s [...]

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Will Work for Gravel

Foreigners outside of Taiwan admire our high tech industries and rambunctious democracy, never realizing that what really makes Taiwan’s political economy go is something else entirely. The China Post today reminds us of two intertwined local problems in Taiwan: a quiet but urgent fiscal crisis among the island’s local governments, and the problems the island [...]

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The Silver Lining of an Ugly Black Cloud

Most of you probably haven’t noticed, but Taiwan has no budget for this fiscal year. The pan-Blue alliance, led by the Chinese Nationalist Party (KMT), have refused to pass the budget unless the Greens permit the Blues to reconstruct the Central Election Commission (CEC) in favor of the Blues:
To secure a majority for passage [...]

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Gangsta Pap 2: Would-be Coppola at TVBS fired

It’s a Sicilian message. It means Luca Brasi sleeps with the fishes.
All of the Chinese and English newspapers are running front page reports today with the story of how TVBS reporters helped film a mobster threatening his capo (see UPDATE below as of 9 pm 3/29). The pro-Blue China Post reports:
Axed were Shih Chen-kang for [...]

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Gangsta Pap

Our fair city has been the site of another one of those periodic outbursts of gangster violence recently. Gangsters killing each other, a world-wide affliction, is not very interesting news, but the tale did take a turn when a gangster supposedly filmed himself making threats on tape promising retaliation for the killings. ESWN has part [...]

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