Planned Workouts and scheduled races

Every Wednesday: Bigfoot Cycle Workout (Dali) 5:15 am
Every Saturday: Bigfoot Swim Workout (Dali) 6:00 am

8/28 Vision Bigfoot Duathlon (Qingshui) 8:00 am
9/4 Taiwan P.E. University Cup 5000m 4:00 pm
10/1 Beauty of Taidong Triathlon (Olympic Distance) 8:00 am
10/30 Gaomei Wetland Marathon (Qingshui) - (Marathon distance) 6:00 am
11/5 NeverStop West Coast Bike Race (200km) 5:00 am *
11/13 Taoyuan National Marathon (Marathon distance) - TBA 11/20 Mizono Marathon Relay
12/18 Fubon Taipei Marathon (Marathon distance) 7:00 am (Boston Marathon qualifying attempt)

* reconsidering the NeverStop race due to the date change to November, which would result in four race weekends (perhaps five if the Supau Cup is on 11/27) in a row.

Thursday, June 30, 2011

Lee Indicted

Yesterday, Taipei prosecutors dropped a bombshell; they indicted former president Lee Tung-Hui on charges of graft and corruption. Lee was president of Taiwan from 1988 to 2000 and ushered in democracy to the island-country with legislative elections in 1992 and the first direct presidential election in 1996, which he won despite (or perhaps because of) Chinese missile threats. He was kicked out of the KMT shortly after leaving office and has been of the leaders the movement to formalize Taiwan’s already de facto independence.

Over the past few years, we have seen the apparatus of the state used against the opposition. With the unfair trial against former President Chen Shui-bien which fell well short of international standards and may even have violated Taiwanese law and prosecutions of local DPP officials, the already unfair deck against the DPP is being stacked even further. The thinly veiled attack against DPP presidential nominee Tsai Ing-Wen through this current indictment of Lee has not gone unnoticed.

Tsai herself has thus far shown herself to be clean. She has taken the moral high road on issues of import to Taiwanese, including the controversial 18% preferential interest rate for former public officials and employees. Legislator Chiu Yi was even burned with his false claims that she did not give up the preferential rate. Now, Chiu and others are making links between Lee and Tsai from the time the latter served in the administration.

This bears close watching. There are many instances in recent memory of leaders and ruling parties, while maintaining the fa├žade of democratic institutions, have made it impossible for the opposition to compete in fair elections. I would not be surprised to see further attacks in the coming months, especially on opposition media. Stay tuned.

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