MOFA thanks MEPs for supporting Taiwan-Lithuania ties

A letter by 41 members of the European Parliament from 18 countries backing Taiwan-Lithuania ties is sincerely welcomed by the government and people, according to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs Jan. 19.   Initiated by Miriam Lexmann, co-chair of the EP Inter-Parliamentary Alliance on China from Slovakia, the letter was sent to European Council President … Continue reading “MOFA thanks MEPs for supporting Taiwan-Lithuania ties”

Hong Kong’s leader threatens ‘legal action’ for Cathay Pacific over Omicron outbreak

Cathay Pacific is being investigated and faces possible legal action over an Omicron variant coronavirus outbreak in Hong Kong that began with the airline’s employees, the city’s leader said Tuesday. The revelation came as chief executive Carrie Lam announced the suspension of all kindergarten and primary schools until after the Lunar New Year in early … Continue reading “Hong Kong’s leader threatens ‘legal action’ for Cathay Pacific over Omicron outbreak”

Russia Breathes Life Into CSTO

NATO is supposedly a defensive alliance. This of course is a lie. In what possible way is Belgium allied to Albania, or Portugal to Norway? In what possible way is Turkey allied to Greece?? In fact, “NATO” does not describe the relationship of the members to each other. It describes their relationship to the United … Continue reading “Russia Breathes Life Into CSTO”

Global Voices newsroom songs of 2021

Some of our editors shared their top song of the yearOriginally published on Global VoicesImage created by Giovana Fleck. While Global Voices has always made room for art and audio-related pieces, this year we took our love of music to a whole new level! We launched Spotify and YouTube music playlists to make our articles more … Continue reading “Global Voices newsroom songs of 2021”

Taiwan, US, Japan, Australia stage GCTF Joint Committee Meeting

Taiwan, the U.S., Japan and newly designated full partner Australia staged the annual Global Cooperation and Training Framework Joint Committee Meeting Dec. 17 in Taipei City, reviewing the results of 2021 workshops and planning for the year ahead.   The event involved Harry Ho-jen Tseng, deputy minister of foreign affairs; Douglas Yu-tien Hsu, director general … Continue reading “Taiwan, US, Japan, Australia stage GCTF Joint Committee Meeting”

President Tsai opens Taiwan-US-Japan Trilateral Indo-Pacific Security Dialogue

President Tsai Ing-wen opened the 2021 Taiwan-US-Japan Trilateral Indo-Pacific Security Dialogue Dec. 14 in Taipei City, reaffirming the government’s commitment to working with like-minded partners in promoting a secure, peaceful, free and open Indo-Pacific region.   According to Tsai, no amount of external pressure can shake Taiwan’s commitment to freedom, human rights, the rule of … Continue reading “President Tsai opens Taiwan-US-Japan Trilateral Indo-Pacific Security Dialogue”

1st Taiwanese-Slovak Commission on Economic Cooperation wraps up in Taipei

The 1st session of the Taiwanese-Slovak Commission on Economic Cooperation concluded Dec. 9 in Taipei City, underscoring the commitment of the like-minded partners to deepening exchanges across the board, according to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.   Convened by Deputy Minister of Economic Affairs Chen Chern-chyi and his Slovak counterpart Karol Galek, the three-day event … Continue reading “1st Taiwanese-Slovak Commission on Economic Cooperation wraps up in Taipei”

Foreign Minister Wu hosts welcome banquet for Slovakia delegation

Foreign Minister Jaushieh Joseph Wu hosted a welcome banquet for the Slovakia delegation Dec. 6 in Taipei City, underscoring the commitment of the government to deepening friendship and expanding exchanges between Taiwan and the EU member state.   Led by Karol Galek, state secretary of Slovakia’s Ministry of Economy, the 43-member group comprises officials, researchers, … Continue reading “Foreign Minister Wu hosts welcome banquet for Slovakia delegation”

Making Turkish music in Hungary: Can this be a ‘Nasip Kısmet’ moment?

‘Nasip Kısmet’ is a Turkish term meaning ‘Destiny’Originally published on Global VoicesTurkish-Hungarian music band Nasip Kismet. Photo by Elmira Lyapina, used with permission. Nasip Kısmet is a term used by Turkish people to describe the idea that “what is meant to happen will happen,” or “destiny.” This is the term a group of Turkish-Hungarian musicians … Continue reading “Making Turkish music in Hungary: Can this be a ‘Nasip Kısmet’ moment?”

Violences faites aux femmes : l’inquiétante évolution de la Turquie

Faire défiler la page Instagram de la plate-forme turque « Nous arrêterons les féminicides » (Kadın cinayetlerini durduracağız platformu, @kadıncinayetlerinidurduracağızplatformu), équivaut à feuilleter un album de photos, une collection de portraits en noir et blanc et en couleur dont la mise en page suit un schéma récurrent : d’un côté, l’image d’une femme ; de l’autre, ses nom et … Continue reading “Violences faites aux femmes : l’inquiétante évolution de la Turquie”

Premier Su receives European Parliament’s INGE delegation

The government is fully committed to deepening relations with the EU through expanding bilateral cooperation across a broad spectrum of areas, according to Premier Su Tseng-chang Nov. 3.   While Taiwan and the EU are geographically distant, the like-minded partners are bound by freedom, democracy, respect for human rights, free trade and a commitment to … Continue reading “Premier Su receives European Parliament’s INGE delegation”

European Parliament delegation visits Taiwan

A European Parliament delegation arrived in Taiwan Wednesday, part of an effort to build closer ties with the island despite warnings from China. The visit comes during high tensions between Taiwan and China, which claims the self-ruled island and has vowed to take it one day, by force if needed. 1/6 Ni les menaces, ni … Continue reading “European Parliament delegation visits Taiwan”

2nd US COVID-19 vaccine donation touches down in Taiwan

The second U.S. donation of COVID-19 vaccine doses touched down Nov. 1 at Taiwan Taoyuan International Airport, highlighting the strength of friendship and relations between the like-minded partners, according to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.   The latest shipment of 1.5 million shots follows the 2.5 million delivered June 20, the MOFA said. The shared … Continue reading “2nd US COVID-19 vaccine donation touches down in Taiwan”

Foreign Minister Wu awarded Czechia Senate President’s Silver Medal

Foreign Minister Jaushieh Joseph Wu was awarded the Czechia Senate President’s Silver Medal for outstanding contributions to deepening relations between Taiwan and the EU member state during a special ceremony Oct. 27 in Prague.   Presented by Milos Vystrcil, head of the legislative body, the prestigious honor has also been bestowed upon Slovakia President Zuzana … Continue reading “Foreign Minister Wu awarded Czechia Senate President’s Silver Medal”

Taiwan FM warns China conflict would be global ‘disaster’

Taiwan’s foreign minister on Tuesday told AFP that any conflict between Taiwan and China would be “a disaster — not only for Taiwan but also for China and the rest of the world”. Speaking during a visit to Slovakia, Joseph Wu also said that China may be ramping up tensions with Taiwan to “divert domestic … Continue reading “Taiwan FM warns China conflict would be global ‘disaster’”

Ces États imprudents qui se mêlent de régenter les réseaux sociaux !

Notre chroniqueur Xavier Houzel regretterait presque l’époque où les gouvernements en place tentaient d’orienter l’opinion publlque par des fausses informations. « Depuis l’arrivée de Facebook, note-t-il,  la rumeur est invasive et les aventuriers de la planète nagent dans la théorie du complot  La semaine dernière a été marquée par deux évènements singuliers : la commémoration par le … Continue reading “Ces États imprudents qui se mêlent de régenter les réseaux sociaux !”

Palestinian Rights Groups That Document Israeli Abuses Labeled “Terrorists” by Israel

An order signed by Israel’s defense minister on Friday designated six leading Palestinian human rights groups “terror organizations,” marking an escalation in Israel’s effort to deprive independent agencies that document Israeli military abuses in the occupied territories of funding from U.S. foundations and European nations. Israeli law criminalizes providing funds to groups designated as terrorist … Continue reading “Palestinian Rights Groups That Document Israeli Abuses Labeled “Terrorists” by Israel”

Guantánamo detainee’s imprisonment ruled illegal by US judge in ‘historic victory’

This story first appeared in Common Dreams on Oct. 21, 2021. It is shared here with permission under a Creative Commons (CC BY-NC-ND 3.0) license. Two weeks after a review board cleared Guantánamo Bay prisoner Asadullah Haroon Gul for release, a federal judge ruled this week that the Afghan’s imprisonment by the US military in … Continue reading “Guantánamo detainee’s imprisonment ruled illegal by US judge in ‘historic victory’”

Taiwan’s trade, investment tour of Slovakia, Czechia, Lithuania gets underway

Taiwan’s trade and investment tour of Slovakia, the Czech Republic and Lithuania got underway Oct. 20, reaffirming the government’s commitment to deepening economic ties with like-minded partners worldwide.   Organized by the National Development Council in conjunction with the Ministries of Economic and Foreign Affairs, Finance as well as Science and Technology, the nine-day trip … Continue reading “Taiwan’s trade, investment tour of Slovakia, Czechia, Lithuania gets underway”

President Tsai addresses EU investment Forum in Taiwan

President Tsai Ing-wen said Oct. 14 that Taiwan and the EU should commence bilateral investment agreement negotiations so as to create opportunities benefiting both sides and the rest of the world.   Taiwan and the EU share the values of freedom, democracy, respect for human rights and the rule of law, Tsai said. This makes … Continue reading “President Tsai addresses EU investment Forum in Taiwan”

A letter from the Embassy of the Slovak Republic

We published a piece about Hungarian-language announcements in California that „Slovakia” was organizing a March 25 non-stop charter flight from Washington DC to Bratislava.  Stranded Hungarian citizens could also buy one-way tickets for 1,100–2,500 EUR depending on travel class and “Slovakia” would also consider charter flights from Florida and California. (Read here) The announcement also appeared … Continue reading “A letter from the Embassy of the Slovak Republic”

Stranded Hungarians may fly to Slovakia from the US

There are hundreds (possibly thousands) of stranded Hungarian citizens in the US, desperately trying to return to Budapest.  US airlines has suspended most transatlantic service and there is little hope that flights will be restored soon. In the last couple of days Hungarian-language ads have appeared saying that „Slovakia” is organizing a non-stop charter flight … Continue reading “Stranded Hungarians may fly to Slovakia from the US”

Europe in trouble as Spain records over 1,500 new COVID-19 cases in 24 hours

London, March 14, 2020 (AltAfrica)-Health authorities in Spain say coronavirus infections have reached 5,753 people, of which almost 3,000 are in the capital, Madrid. That represents a national increase of more than 1,500 in 24 hours. No new figures for deaths were immediately announced, but as of Friday, Spain had recorded 120 COVID-19 deaths. Spain … Continue reading “Europe in trouble as Spain records over 1,500 new COVID-19 cases in 24 hours”

Slovakia’s election sees rise of anti-corruption party and demise of ethnic Hungarian parties

Slovakia held parliamentary elections on Saturday, February 29th and the vote was significant for two reasons. First, it brought the victory of the curiously named “Ordinary People” party (OĽaNO), which swept to power on a populist anti-corruption platform, garnering 25% of the vote. Second, for Hungarians, the election was an unhappy turning point, in that … Continue reading “Slovakia’s election sees rise of anti-corruption party and demise of ethnic Hungarian parties”

Belarus’ Lukashenko Threatens to Ape Ukraine, Siphon Off Oil Russia Sends to West

Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko has pledged to siphon off Russia’s transit oil from the Russia-EU oil pipeline Druzhba, if Moscow fails to supply the “necessary volume” of oil in February. “If Russia fails to deliver the necessary amount of oil […] we start taking oil from the transit pipeline, too,” Lukashenko’s media office quoted him as saying … Continue reading “Belarus’ Lukashenko Threatens to Ape Ukraine, Siphon Off Oil Russia Sends to West”

Czech lawmakers urge WHA observer status for Taiwan

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs thanked the Czech Republic parliament Feb. 15 for two letters urging Dr. Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, director-general of the World Health Organization, to grant Taiwan observer status in the World Health Assembly.   One letter was sent by Petr Fiala and Vojtech Pikal, vice presidents of the lower house, with another … Continue reading “Czech lawmakers urge WHA observer status for Taiwan”

Russian Foreign Minister Lavrov and Swedish Counterpart Linde Hold Press Conference – Video

Russia’s top diplomat Sergei Lavrov is holding a press conference with his Swedish counterpart Ann Linde following a bilateral meeting. Lavrov and Linde last spoke in Slovakia’s capital Bratislava nearly two months ago. The Russian Foreign Ministry said that the country wants to deepen its ties with Sweden in the spirit of good neighbourliness. The … Continue reading “Russian Foreign Minister Lavrov and Swedish Counterpart Linde Hold Press Conference – Video”

Slovakia: Third Positionist Party Rises to Second As Gypsy Violence Engulfs Country, by Eric Striker

Nationalists are on the rise in Slovakia. The People’s Party – Our Slovakia, led by charismatic rebel Marian Kotleba, is polling at 14% ahead of parliamentary elections next February. This will almost double the seats they won in 2016, putting them ahead of all the competing conservative and liberal parties and making them second only…

MOFA thanks allies, like-minded partners for Blackhawk condolences

Condolences conveyed by allies and like-minded partners following the deaths of Gen. Shen Yi-ming, chief of the general staff, and seven other service members during the emergency landing of a Blackhawk UH-60M helicopter in northern Taiwan are deeply appreciated by the government and people, according to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs Jan. 3.   The … Continue reading “MOFA thanks allies, like-minded partners for Blackhawk condolences”

Sunset Grill on Sunset Boulevard in Los Angeles with a Hungarian twist

I’m old enough to remember Don Henley’s popular song, The Sunset Grill about his favorite hamburger joint on Sunset Boulevard in Los Angeles.   The song is about a small restaurant where Henley could mix with everyday people; apparently that is not always easy for California celebrities. The song was part of his 1985 album entitled … Continue reading “Sunset Grill on Sunset Boulevard in Los Angeles with a Hungarian twist”

Krampus Trumpus Rumpus

Seasons Beatings! ‘Tis the Krampusnacht time again, when Krampus, the hornèd, horny Xmas devil of rich medieval Alpine folklore and cheap Hollywood horror movies, roams the earth, wreaking hornèd, horny havoc upon the “naughty.” Bad Santa Krampus is the dark side of jolly old Saint Nick. He also looks a lot like Pan, the ancient … Continue reading “Krampus Trumpus Rumpus”

Après l’expulsion de deux diplomates russes d’Allemagne, place à la détente ?

Alors que deux membres de l’ambassade russe en Allemagne ont été sommés de quitter le pays «avec effet immédiat» – la Russie étant accusée de n’avoir pas «suffisamment coopéré» dans l’enquête sur le meurtre d’un Géorgien à Berlin – la chancelière allemande, Angela Merkel, a mis en garde le 5 décembre contre toute spéculation sur le meurtre du ressortissant géorgien à … Continue reading “Après l’expulsion de deux diplomates russes d’Allemagne, place à la détente ?”

OSCE Ministerial Council Kicks Off in Bratislava – Video

The 26th meeting of the OSCE Ministerial Council kicks off in Slovakia’s capital Bratislava this Thursday and will last through Friday. The participants are expected to discuss the most pressing challenges facing security in Europe and beyond, and chart the way forward for the OSCE’s working agenda. The Ministerial Council is the organisation’s most important … Continue reading “OSCE Ministerial Council Kicks Off in Bratislava – Video”

The Fall of the Berlin Wall, Shock Therapy and the Rise of Trump

Photograph Source: Noir – CC BY-SA 3.0 The Berlin Wall fell 30 years ago. It was one of the few unambiguously joyous moments in modern history. This popular, nonviolent explosion of dissent effectively toppled East Germany’s despotic regime. And it signaled, if only symbolically, the end of the Cold War that had divided Europe for … Continue reading “The Fall of the Berlin Wall, Shock Therapy and the Rise of Trump”

Les restrictions contre les médias russes sont une tentative de «censure politique», selon Moscou

Lors d’une conférence intitulée «Liberté des médias et sécurité des journalistes en Russie et dans la zone de l’OSCE : défis et opportunités à l’ère numérique» qui a eu lieu le 6 novembre à Moscou, le ministre russe des Affaires étrangères Sergueï Lavrov a vivement critiqué les restrictions auxquelles font face des journalistes russes dans de … Continue reading “Les restrictions contre les médias russes sont une tentative de «censure politique», selon Moscou”

Remains of Kenyan victims of Ethiopian airline crash arrive home

London, Oct. 14, 2019 (AltAfrica)-The remains of 28 out of 32 Kenyans who died in the Ethiopian Airlines crash in March have been brought to Kenya. Remains of 28 out of 32 Kenyans who perished in the Ethiopian plane crash in March arrive at JKIA, set to be handed over to kin. pic.twitter.com/8U9ROqPwXT— Pamela Asigi … Continue reading “Remains of Kenyan victims of Ethiopian airline crash arrive home”

Capitalism’s Triumph: Labor Rights Violated in Every Country on Earth

Ralph Chaplin – Industrial Workers of the World journal “Solidarity” (June 30, 1917 issue) In what country are labor rights fully respected? The sad answer is: none. Labor rights are routinely violated around the world, and the trend is only getting worse. The International Trade Union Confederation has again issued its annual Global Rights Index and the result … Continue reading “Capitalism’s Triumph: Labor Rights Violated in Every Country on Earth”

Oman’s largest healthcare show opens at the Oman Convention & Exhibition Centre

Sep 25, 2019 Muscat, Oman, 23 September 2019 –( ASIA TODAY )– Oman’s largest healthcare and medical event organized by biggest exhibitions and conferences organizer Omanexpo, opened on Monday at the Oman Convention & Exhibition Centre under the auspices of the His Excellency Sayyid Dr. Sultan bin Yarub Al Busaidi, Advisor to the Ministry of … Continue reading “Oman’s largest healthcare show opens at the Oman Convention & Exhibition Centre”

Strong Men in Europe: Tony Abbott Visits Hungary

Photograph Source: U.S. Department of State – Public Domain “I extend a special welcome to Australia’s former prime minister. It is in part due to his tough policy that we regard Australia as a model country. We especially respect it for the brave, direct and Anglo-Saxon consistency which it has shown on migration and defence … Continue reading “Strong Men in Europe: Tony Abbott Visits Hungary”

Climate Chaos Descends on Europe

Photograph Source: Joe deSousa – The Musée d’Orsay at sunset – CC BY 2.0 It’s been a rough summer in Europe. On August 18, several dozen people gathered around a patch of snow in Iceland to commemorate the demise of the Okjokull glacier, a victim of climate change. Further to the west, Greenland shed 217 … Continue reading “Climate Chaos Descends on Europe”

L’Afrique dans le viseur de l’OTAN

Sorti en avril 2019, le projet de rapport intitulé « SÉCURITÉ ET STABILITÉ EN AFRIQUE – DÉFIS ET PRIORITÉS POUR L’OTAN » rédigé par le Portugais Julio Miranda Calha est édifiant. Il est pourtant passé totalement inaperçu. Un article de Leslie Varenne. Source : IVERIS Comme tous les projets de la Commission Politique de l’OTAN, les grandes lignes directrices … Continue reading “L’Afrique dans le viseur de l’OTAN”