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Is U.S. Prepared To Sacrifice Los Angeles For Taipei? The Extraordinary Danger Of Foreign Military Commitments

Doug Bandow | Posted 08.26.2016 | Home
Doug Bandow

Taiwan long has been one of the globe's most dangerous tripwires. Other than a brief period after World War II, the island has not been ruled by the mainland for more than a century. The 23 million people living on what was once called Formosa have made a nation.

A Victory for Taiwan in 2016

Jack Healey | Posted 01.25.2017 | Home
Jack Healey

The Kuomintang (KMT) government in Taiwan lost a huge election to the Green Party, called the Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) led by Tsai Ing-wen.

Chen Shui Bian at Home, but for How Long?

Jack Healey | Posted 04.25.2015 | Impact
Jack Healey

The point here is not to debate the validity of Taiwan's independence or lack thereof but to assert that Chen Shui Bian should not suffer any longer for his own political platform and beliefs, and to argue that government institutions set up to protect diversity should not be used to stifle opposing voices.

Taiwan's 30-Day Medical Release of Former President: A Joke or Continued Vengeance

Jack Healey | Posted 03.13.2015 | Impact
Jack Healey

The decision of Taiwan's Ma administration to release former President Chen Shui Bian brought joy and relief to many of Mr. Chen's followers. But joy quickly turned to grief when the public learned the release was for 30 days only.

Vengeance in Taiwan

Jack Healey | Posted 03.01.2015 | Impact
Jack Healey

Time has arrived for mercy and compassion. The future of Taiwan should not put this blot on their record in 2015. Allowing an ailing man to go home is easy. Medical opinion must be observed. Allowing him to die in jail will never die in the history of Taiwan.

Chairman Ma: To Support Hong Kong Democracy, Support Taiwan's and Free Chen

Jack Healey | Posted 12.31.2014 | Politics
Jack Healey

We live in a complex world and the sheer quantity of trying to keep track of things will sometimes flood the most devoted news junkie. With all of this happening, there's probably not much happening now that that Hong Kong thing or whatever it was has stopped happening, right? Wrong.

Ma Lies While Chen Dies: Ugly Party Politics on a Beautiful Island

Jack Healey | Posted 11.23.2014 | Home
Jack Healey

Once again, it's time to look at Taiwan. Unfortunately, there is still a need to call for freedom from prison for Chen Shui-bian and a need to call out Ma Ying-jeou (the most unpopular president in Taiwan's history) to stop abusing human rights principles for shameful political hunts.

Chen Shui-bian, Prison, and the Human Rights Choice Facing Taiwan

Jack Healey | Posted 08.17.2014 | Impact
Jack Healey

By the end of the year, Taiwan's first (and to date, only) opposition president will have been held in detention or prison for seven years.

Sunflowers, Symbols, and Nukes: A 2014 Taiwan Primer

Jack Healey | Posted 06.29.2014 | Impact
Jack Healey

Only a month or so after the Sunflower Movement willingly ended their occupation of the Taiwanese legislature, there is another mass movement afoot, this one demanding an end to the attempts to complete another nuclear power plant on the island.

Taiwan's Straits: Democracy at a Crossroads

Jack Healey | Posted 06.03.2014 | Home
Jack Healey

These are all elements of expression and dissent that were mobilized by Chen Shui-bian from the moment he took office and which still represents the vital hopes of Taiwan's people. These protesting voices are the future of Taiwan. The world can not ignore them.

Spring in the Horse Year: Free Chen Shui-bian

Jack Healey | Posted 04.20.2014 | Home
Jack Healey

There is a strong belief that the judicial process of prosecuting Chen Shui-bian was badly tainted with party (KMT against DPP) bias. There is a very strong belief that there continue to be human rights principles violated.

Abusing Power: Is Ma's Taiwan the Unbeautiful Island?

Jack Healey | Posted 02.19.2014 | Home
Jack Healey

The threat with Taiwan, while very much signaled by and tied to Chen's apparent victimization at the hands of an angry, vindictive, and powerful Ma Ying-jeou, is larger than one person.

Fourteen for 2014: A Human Rights Wishlist

Jack Healey | Posted 02.09.2014 | Impact
Jack Healey

As 2013 begins to draw into itself for holiday season and the arrival of the coming new year, it is worth thinking about what human rights issues might be put onto our collective front-burners.

Chen and Ma: Belated Birthday or Aborted Democracy?

Jack Healey | Posted 01.23.2014 | Home
Jack Healey

If you want to save Taiwan, you should want to save Chen Shui-bian. If he dies in prison, if he remains both broken and locked away from his family and not-inconsiderable base of supporters, the damage that will be done is real. Taiwan's democracy will die on the vine.

The Shutdown in Taiwan: Ma Ying-jeou's Peculiar Obsession

Jack Healey | Posted 01.23.2014 | Home
Jack Healey

Why would Ma seek to pursue a policy at odds with principles of mercy and justice when it seems on the verge of resigning his own party to history?

Transferring Power Without Reprisals: Taiwan at a Crossroads

Jack Healey | Posted 10.12.2013 | Home
Jack Healey

We urge the Taiwanese government to release Chen Shui-bian immediately based on the record of medical neglect and to set a higher bar for political transitions.

The Shame of Ma Ying-jeou: Chen Shui-bian and Taiwanese Silence

Jack Healey | Posted 08.13.2013 | Home
Jack Healey

Taiwan is rotting from within, and it is the responsibility of each and every citizen of Taiwan as well as a globe which watches with backs turned that it is such.

The Madness of Ma: Slow-Motion State Violence in Taiwan and the Murder of Chen Shui-bian

Jack Healey | Posted 06.22.2013 | Home
Jack Healey

Taiwan is at a strange crossroads. Ma Ying-jeou's government has been credibly accused of interfering with the judicial process and being motivated by revenge politics throughout this process.

An Open Letter to the Democratic Progressive Party of Taiwan

Jack Healey | Posted 02.25.2013 | Home
Jack Healey

Taiwan's advances to a democratic nation have been impressive. Both KMT and DPP must realize that if Chen dies in prison, there will be ruptures in the body politic. The nation will inter the spirit that has struggled for human rights improvements.

Human Rights Are Beyond Politics -- Justice Should Be Too

Jack Healey | Posted 02.23.2013 | Home
Jack Healey

As we look into the New Year, it is also time to look back and see which governments might free a prisoner or two due to the decline of age or ill health.

In Taiwan, Former President's Dignity Must Be Respected

Jack Healey | Posted 01.23.2014 | Home
Jack Healey

Chen Shui-bian's conditions of his four-year detention have contributed to both the worsening of pre-existing medical conditions and the creation of new medical needs. Simply put, Mr. Chen was treated badly in the prison system of Taiwan.

Illness and Treatment: Curing Human Rights Neglect in Taiwan

Jack Healey | Posted 11.28.2012 | Home
Jack Healey

The government of Taiwan is attempting to levy a political punishment on Chen Shui-bian that includes a increasing likelihood of death. There is a cure for human rights malaise in Taiwan: Provide complete access to independent medical evaluation and care for Chen Shui-bian now.

An Open Letter to Taiwan's President Ma Ying-jeou

Jack Healey | Posted 09.19.2012 | Home
Jack Healey

Unlike former Presidents Fujimori of Peru or Pinochet of Chile, former president Chen has no violent human rights record that he's been charged with. And yet, those violent former presidents have been treated better than Mr. Chen.

Chen, Hundred Names and the Rough Waters of Human Rights

Jack Healey | Posted 06.24.2012 | Politics
Jack Healey

Imprisoned, former Taiwanese President Chen is currently tossed by the rough waters of a calculated denial of medical treatment and subsequent human rights abuses.

Former Taiwanese First Lady Pleads Guilty To Money-Laundering, Forgery

BBC NEWS | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home

A former Taiwanese first lady has pleaded guilty to money-laundering and forgery but denied embezzlement charges in a high-profile corruption case. W...