The coming surge of separatism


Why splittists will be on a roll around the world

FROM CATALONIA to Kashmir, and from Hong Kong to Scotland, separatist movements will make headlines in 2020. At best, this will lead to political turbulence and tension. At worst, it could lead to violence.

Across the world, two types of identity-driven movements are increasingly clashing—and feeding off each other. On the one hand, there are separatist groups that seek to break away from their nation-state and establish new countries; on the other, there is the outraged and assertive nationalism of existing states, determined to crush separatism.

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Growing number of Taiwanese entrepreneurs are saying goodbye to the U.S., hello to China

Taiwanese entrepreneurs have begun to seek market opportunities outside the U.S. in the phenomenon called the reverse brain drain.

Many foreign entrepreneurs clamor at America’s gates to get a piece of the innovation incubator of Silicon Valley. But Jerry Chang,  a serial entrepreneur and Taiwanese immigrant, has done what most hopeful incomers would consider the unthinkable and taken his business offshore. In 2009, he established mobile payment company Mobile Radius. Rather than found the company in the U.S., let alone his native Taiwan, Chang decided to take his business to China. To many, his decision is a surprising one. Chang does not face the typical obstacles most immigrant entrepreneurs encounter. He acquired U.S. citizenship over two decades ago and has significant experience in the tech field. His first company, Clarent Corp., had boasted a client list of big-named companies like AT&T Worldnet, China Telecom, and Telstra.



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Wikileaks releases thousands more cables Covering China, Taiwan and Libya


More Wikileaks released!

Wikileaks just dropped thousands more embassy cables today. These centered around China, Taiwan, and Libya.

The first batch to drop were 2170 cables about Taiwan. Some 3004 cables from China followed quickly behind…

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The Tornado Tower

The Tornado Tower

Tornado Tower 

A young Sweden based architecture firm Visiondivision believes in strong concepts and constantly re-investigating their role as architects by always pushing the limits of their field of work and the strategies of their design. Tornado, is an entry for an opera competition in Taiwan which was a collaboration with Markus Wagner, a member of Svensk Standard. This project is reminscent of the Dubai Dynamic tower by David Fisher – the building in motion, both projects are really impressive! (Pics)

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The Abandoned Pod Village Of San-Zhi


San-Zhi Pod Village

Nestled along a short stretch of coastline in Northern Taiwan lies a strange complex known as The San-Zhi Pod Village. This abandoned futuristic luxury vacation spot remains a complete mystery to locals and tourists alike. There are several stories surrounding the circumstances that led up to its abandonment, but no one seems to know exactly why or how the site fell into such a state of disrepair.

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Taiwan’s New “Ecooter” Electric Car

 Taiwan New “Ecooter” Electric Car

The Ecooter, created by by the Industrial Technology Research Institute (ITRI), is a concept that is “designed to create a driving trend in urban societies.” We know its electrically-powered, but if you’re looking for more details, please hold. The Ecooter will be on display at the 2007 EICMA International Cycling Exposition in Milan, Italy next month, according to the Taiwan News. (Pic & Video)

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World’s Tallest Building Stabalized by 730 Ton Ball

World’s Tallest Building Stabalized by 730 Ton Ball 

 730 ton stabalizing ball keeps tallest building standing.

The Taipei 101 building in Taiwan has held the title of the tallest, completed building in the world since 2004. With great height comes great responsibility; namely, making sure that the thing doesn’t topple under the assault of high winds and ground tremors – and the Taipei 101 building stands just 600 feet from a fault line.

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