Archive for April 18th, 2010

Sunday, April 18, 2010

Polish-American Thoughts

When the world found out about Katyn it looked away. Until 20 years ago it wasn’t even talked about in Poland.  Poland’s Soviet masters needed it kept quiet.  But we whispered.  We knew.  We remembered.

Rlisu‘s Blog, April 11, 2010


Obituary: Lech Kaczyński, 1949 – 2010

Sunday, April 18, 2010

Lee Teng-hui: ECFA first Step in Annexation

Former Taiwanese president Lee Teng-hui (李登辉) criticized the Ma government on Saturday for arbitrarily and stubbornly pushing the signature of an economic framework agreement with China. President Ma Ying-jeou (馬英九) paid no attention to the people’s misgivings and opposition, and rejected a referendum on the issue. This not only violated democracy and common sense, but was a mere reliance on ruling power, and symbolic rather than practical democracy (凭恃执政权力架空民主).

Speaking at an opening ceremony for a Lee Teng-hui School training class for leadership talents (李登辉昨参加李登辉学校「领导人才养成班」) in northern Taipei County, Lee also appealed to the public to recognize that ECFA was a step in a Chinese  annexation of China [correction: Taiwan]. Steps that would follow were cultural education, and the third and last step would be the Hongkongization (香港化) of Taiwan.

Lee confirmed that on April 23, the Taiwan Solidarity Union (TSU) would hold a press conference in which he would take part. The Double-Ying debate [a public debate between president Ma Ying-jeou and DPP chairwoman Tsai Ying-wen (蔡英文)] on ECFA is scheduled for April 25 [update: or April 30].

On the basis of its WTO membership, Taiwan was in a position to discuss free-trade agreements with countries other than China, Lee said. He expressed regret that corporations rushed to China to make money, closing factories [in Taiwan], causing income inequalities which made the Taiwanese unable to stand together. How to balance the gap between the rich and the poor had to be the most important issue for the government.

Winston Wong (李登辉 王文洋), Hung Jen Group chairman and himself an at times controversial investor in China, also took part in the school ceremony and asked why, since the focus of the ECFA supporters was on cutting customs, the negotiators didn’t put a tariff concession framework agreement first.

President Ma, who is on nation-wide tour to drum up support for ECFA, said that while he didn’t oppose the idea of a referendum, the government had no authority to initiate a proposal to hold a referendum.

Sunday, April 18, 2010

It’s this Time of the Year Again

Sheep on the Range

Spring, Sheep on the Range

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