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註冊時間: 2007-09-22
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發表發表於: 星期四 四月 16, 2009 7:02 pm    文章主題: Michael Richardson 專欄 引言回覆

經過北美洲教授協會的介紹, 發現了一位在美國波士頓地區有一位經常為台灣出聲的記者, Michael Richardson 先生. Mr. Richardson 說两年前他在研究美國 Territory Law 時意外發現了林志昇先生的控美案, 從此引發了他對台灣這塊土地的感情. 他說他的讀者, 他的台美好友向他細述台灣歷史, 228 慘案更讓他決定要國際對台灣人權的重視.

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Micahel Richardson Bio (生平簡介)


Michael Richardson is a freelance journalist and independent political consultant. Richardson writes about progressive issues, politics and election law. Richardson is also working on a book about the FBI and the Black Panthers.
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註冊時間: 2007-09-22
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發表發表於: 星期四 四月 16, 2009 7:05 pm    文章主題: 引言回覆

Taiwan's Ma Ying-jeou follows Chiang Kai-shek's Chinese hero-worship path

By: Michael Richardson

Postage stamps tell an informative, but one-sided, history of a nation. You get the official version of things with those little bits of paper and ink that pay for mail service.

The temptation in dictators and monarchs to use the stamps for self-aggrandizement is strong and many succumb to their ego and vanity and use postage stamps to boost their own popularity.

Queen Elizabeth in England is probably the worst violator, seeing her silhouette on stamps world-wide. Some of the rulers who like to look at themselves also use postage stamps to tell their own story and advance their political agenda.

Generalissimo Chiang Kai-shek of the Nationalist Republic of China started putting his picture on stamps early. Chiang even issued a special stamp to commemorate his own birthday.

The Generalissimo used postage stamps to advance his standing in the civil war with the Communist People's Republic of China featuring ROC stamps with the United States flag.

Chiang also used postage stamps to cement his hold over Formosa after he fled to the island following the 1949 Communist revolution in China. The face of the exiled Chinese ruler was to be found everywhere, on the money, on the stamps, on billboards and posters. The Chiang Kai-shek Memorial Hall is symbolic of the excess to which Chiang and his Kuomintang followers went.

Chiang Ching-kuo, the Generalissimo's son, inherited the power of the throne and went on to lead his own Chinese regime in-exile ruling Taiwan under harsh martial law. Chiang, however, was not the same egotist his father was and avoided many of the propaganda tools, including postage stamps, for his own personal gratification.

The supposed Taiwan 'tradition' of inaugural stamps was begun by Chiang Kai-shek in China with his mug shot on an oversize 1945 color stamp featuring the ROC flag and Chiang's ceremonial uniform with its self-awarded medals.

Chiang issued another inaugural stamp to commemorate his takeover of Taiwan and the 'tradition' was born. Incumbent ROC in-exile President Ma Ying-jeou is so far on four postage stamps with Vice-President Hsaio Wan-tsang. The special commemorative set of four stamps was issued on May 20, 2008, shortly after Ma took office.

Ma's four stamps with Hsaio show the pair holding hands on two with Ma holding two babies on another. The fourth stamp in the series is perhaps the most candid with Ma giving a fist 'salute'.

Is a Ma Ying-jeou birthday stamp next?
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註冊時間: 2007-09-22
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發表發表於: 星期四 四月 16, 2009 7:34 pm    文章主題: 引言回覆

Dear President Obama, 3 federal judges say you must act to end 'political purgatory' for 23 million

Dear President Obama,

I know you are busy and have responsible people reporting to you so I'm sure you got word about the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia's decision the other day. I wouldn't bother you with this letter but you have not said anything yet about the "political purgatory" empathically articulated by the court in its decision in Roger C.S. Lin, et al vs. United States.

"America and China's tumultuous relationship over the past sixty years has trapped the inhabitants of Taiwan in political purgatory."

If you haven't yet read the decision, I encourage you to do so. It is both informative and disturbing.

I know you mentioned Taiwan briefly in your book so you are at least somewhat aware of the situation there. A situation that is not right. Taiwan cannot even join the World Heath Organization because of the U.S. created "strategic ambiguity" over its national status.

The U.S. policy has fired up a costly arms race and threatened the island with possible invasion from China with six decades of what is now called "strategic ambiguity."

During this time the people on Taiwan have lived without any uniformly recognized government in practical terms, this means they have uncertain status in the world community which infects the population's day-to-day lives."


For years a harsh and cruel martial law was imposed by the Republic of China in-exile against peaceful advocates of Taiwanese independence and the United States watched on because the "strategic ambiguity" allegedly served the United States interests during the Cold War.

However, Mr. President, the main reason you should read the decision is because it hands responsibility for 23 million people living in "political purgatory" to you. U.S. Circuit Judge Janice Rogers Brown promised fast action on her end of the case once you act.

"Once the Executive determines Taiwan's sovereign, we can decide Appellant's resulting status and concomitant rights expeditiously."

Harry Truman has often been quoted as saying the buck stops here. Harry was lying about Taiwan; Harry passed the buck down six decades to you Mr. President.

Melissa Patterson is the name of the Justice Department lawyer that has been talking for you. Now that the court has responded about "political purgatory" and has announced its willingness to act "expeditiously", maybe you and Melissa should have a little chat.

Not trying to tell you what to do, just commenting on something that does not seem to have been done, yet.

Michael Richardson
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發表發表於: 星期四 四月 16, 2009 7:36 pm    文章主題: 引言回覆

Dear President Obama, Court says in Taiwan 'strategic ambiguity' equals 'political purgatory'


Dear President Obama,

I know I should not write again so soon after my letter to you about the "strategic ambiguity" the United States has imposed upon Taiwan. However, the "strategic ambiguity'" is more than just an inconvenience to 23 million people. According to U.S. Circuit Judge Janice Rogers Brown, it "infects the population's day-to-day life" with a "political purgatory".

The "political purgatory" included decades of harsh martial law and continuing threat of invasion from the People's Republic of China. Taiwan cannot even join the World Health Organization because of the American-imposed "strategic ambiguity". Judge Brown promises to act "expeditiously" as soon as you determine the sovereign.

It seems the 1952 San Francisco Peace Treaty, when Japan dropped all claims to Taiwan, left some unfinished business for the future to resolve. But no one ever resolved the "Taiwan question" and the abhorrent status quo of an "uncertain status" remains a breach in the international body of nations.

In a purgatory situation, I suspect one would tend to count the days one at a time. Since a day has passed from my letter to you on the matter and no reply while Judge Brown is ready and willing to adjudicate civil rights I feel obliged to bother you with this second note.

Before either you or I were born, our government transported Republic of China troops to Taiwan, then called Formosa, to process surrendering Japanese soldiers. We installed them; the "Taiwan question" was created by us. George Kerr, then a naval officer and later a diplomat, wrote a book, Formosa Betrayed, that described the arrival of the Chinese to Taiwan.

"Elements of the United States Seventh Fleet escorted troopships into Keelung and Kaohsiung on October 15 [1945]. Aboard were the 62nd and 70th Divisions of the Chinese Nationalist Army, numbering in excess of 12,000 men. They were acutely conscious of the presence of Japanese troops concentrated inland somewhere near the ports."

"They flatly refused to go ashore. At Keelung Chinese officers begged the astonished Americans to send an advance unit overland--an American unit, of course--through the narrow valleys leading to Taipei some eighteen miles away. The Chinese officers had heard that vengeful Japanese suicide squads lurked in the hills. Only a rancorous argument forced the Chinese to accept their fate and go ashore. At Kaohsiung the Americans, eager to empty the transports, had to threaten bodily ejection of the Chinese troops before their reluctant passengers would 'venture into the tiger's lair.'"


"It was an inauspicious beginning, made the more so because these incidents were witnessed by the Formosans."

So you see Mr. President, our country imposed a foreign occupation on the people of Taiwan and put them into Judge Brown's "political purgatory". That is why I write.

Michael Richardson
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註冊時間: 2007-09-22
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發表發表於: 星期四 四月 16, 2009 7:39 pm    文章主題: 引言回覆

Dear President Obama, It's been almost a week now of 'political purgatory' but you have been silent

Dear President Obama,

It will soon be a week since U.S. Circuit Judge Janice Rogers Brown announced the District of Columbia U.S. Court of Appeals' decision to not decide the sixty-five years old 'Taiwan question'.

However, Judge Brown said she and the other judges on the three-member appellate panel that heard Roger C.S. Lin, et al vs. United States would act "expeditiously" once you indicate who is the sovereign of Taiwan.

The reason it is important is because 23 million people's "day-to-day lives" are "infected" by the "strategic ambiguity" of the unresolved international status. As a result, the Taiwanese people are living in "political purgatory" say the three federal judges.

Personally, I'm not so sure that you have or should have the unilateral authority to decide the sovereign of Taiwan, seems like a little help from Congress would be in order. Nevertheless, that does not matter if you do not act. Thus far, your silence on Taiwan suggests that no change of the status quo is in the works. Is yours to be another presidential administration avoiding its peace treaty duties to pursue global politics?

A lot of people voted for you on your oft-repeated promise of "Change"; yet on Taiwan there has been no change. Frankly, your silence on the "political purgatory" of so many people is disappointing.

I realize as a single citizen I have little influence over your decisions. Just the same, I sure do wish that you would listen to me about this responsibility you are not facing. It is not my opinion you have an unmet duty, it is the opinion of the District of Columbia U.S. Court of Appeals.

If you disagree with the judges, then say so. If Justice Department lawyers have misrepresented your views in their arguments and briefs, then say so

If you agree with the judges, then act. Just do something.

You cannot clean a wound if you do not change the bandage. The wound to the people of Taiwan has been festering for 65 years and now a court says the "Executive" needs to act before it can proceed with its judicial duties.

You were elected to be the "Executive". Read the Lin vs. US decision. You are mentioned.

The real 'Taiwan question' is not two-sided with the People's Republic of China on one side and the Republic of China on the other. The 'Taiwan question' necessarily involves Taiwan and not which Chinese government should be imposed on the island.

Do not deny the people of Taiwan self-determination any longer.

Michael Richardson
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發表發表於: 星期四 四月 23, 2009 7:48 am    文章主題: 引言回覆

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註冊時間: 2007-09-22
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發表發表於: 星期五 四月 24, 2009 3:03 am    文章主題: 引言回覆

Dear President Obama, It has been two weeks since Judge Brown said you need to act about 'purgatory'

It has been two weeks of "political purgatory" now for 23 million people. Actually, the people of Taiwan have been in purgatory for over 60 years but now the District of Columbia U.S. Court of Appeals has made it official.

If you don't know what I am talking about you should. As a former law professor, I encourage you to read the court's recent decision in Roger C.S. Lin, et al vs. United States. The decision says you are to act before the court can proceed "expeditiously" to resolve the long-standing "strategic ambiguity" that the United States has imposed on Taiwan.

Another bit of reading you should undertake is Formosa Betrayed by George Kerr. Since you are so busy let me just share with you several paragraphs from the book dust jacket. You see, you inherited a foreign policy mess created and fed by all of your predecessors from Harry Truman on. Formosa Betrayed will shed some light on the problem.

"After the Japanese surrender in 1945, the Formosans, despite the Cairo Declaration, hoped for a guaranteed neutrality under American or international trusteeship. Instead, they were delivered over to another and more oppressive occupation. Their prosperous society was invaded by a horde of mainland Chinese, often brutal, ignorant, and greedy--the dregs of the Nationalist army. The new governor, under orders, bled the island dry, ruthlessly and with dispatch."

"Yet still the Formosans hoped. American propaganda, promising freedom to all oppressed peoples and citing the glorious Revolution of 1776, continued to pour in upon them. In February 1947 unarmed Formosans rose en masse to demand reforms in the administration at Taipei. Chiang Kai-shek's answer was a brutal massacre. Thousands died--first among them the leaders who had asked for American help. Washington turned a deaf ear, while the Chinese communists rejoiced."

"After Chiang's military collapse and retreat to Formosa the situation became even worse. As America's emotional commitment to Chiang became more fervent, Formosan hope for American or United Nations intervention or understanding faded and died."

So, Mr. President, the people of Taiwan suffer under "political purgatory" that "infects the population's day-to-day life" and you are tasked by the federal appellate court in Washington, D.C. to act. The 1952 San Francisco Peace Treaty left some unfinished business. Purgatory business. Now it is time for you to act to restore America's moral standing and end the "strategic ambiguity" that we created.

Michael Richardson
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註冊時間: 2007-09-22
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發表發表於: 星期日 四月 26, 2009 7:28 pm    文章主題: 引言回覆

Examiner Exclusive: Interview with Taiwanese historian Su Beng (史明 ) on future of the island


Su Beng's classic political history of Taiwan, titled Taiwan's 400 Year History, recognizes that there has been continual resistance to colonial rule during the 400 years covered in his book and that has been the focus of his work.

Su Beng is the first native Formosan to publish a history of Taiwan and his book, available in Chinese, Japanese, and English, is still considered a landmark work in the history of the island.

Su Beng's contribution to the literature of Taiwan followed his days as a revolutionary activist who sought to overthrow the Republic of China in-exile and his own exile to Japan during decades of ROC imposed martial law.

Fortunate to have escaped the secret police of Chiang Kai-shek and avoided execution or imprisonment, Su Beng began writing on Taiwan from his noodle shop in Japan. These days the revered author lives a quiet life and rarely grants interviews. My recent examination of the political status of Taiwan and subsequent review of Su Beng's book gained me an exclusive cyber-interview.

What is your opinion of the latest "two systems" version of the "one China" policy?

"Taiwan and China have experienced different histories and social structures; the 'two system' policy is the first step toward unification which is definitely not the right trend for Taiwan's future."

What is your opinion of the Ma Ying-jeou administration?

"The Ma Ying-Jeou regime considers maintaining political power and economic interest as his highest priority, so he does his best to keep close contact with the CCP."

What is your opinion of the United States current role in Taiwan affairs?

"For the benefits of both Taiwan and the US, the United States has an obligation to support Taiwan when there is a tension or even war between Taiwan and China."

What can American citizens do to help Taiwan?

"I highly wish common American citizens can realize clearly that Taiwan and China are different nations. And I hope that the United States government can help Taiwan to not be merged (unified) by CCP's political and military power."

What can Taiwanese people do to help get self-determination?

"Taiwanese must emphasize self-defense and the will to self-determination, and the people of Taiwan shall work harder to move toward this goal politically."

Is there any important information in the Chinese edition of your book that was excluded from the English edition that readers should know?

a. How KMT governs Taiwan by the “military spy” system.
b. How ex-president Chiang Ching-kuo ( president Chiang Kai-shek’s son) governed Taiwan by the above “military spy” system.
c. From 1951~1965, the US supported Taiwan 4 billion USD. This was very important for Taiwan’s economic kick-off.
d. The actual colonial fighting with KMT regime in the past 50 years by Taiwanese people. (Taiwanese were not just satisfied with economical improvement, but also fought for political rights)
e. The international political status change of Taiwan after World War II.
f. The influence of US, China, and Japan on Taiwan.
g. CCP’s historical development and the policy on Taiwan.
h. How ex-president Lee Deng-Hui governed Taiwan.

Future interviews with Su Beng will explore the missing history cited above and his escape from the Chinese to Japan after his plot to overthrow Chiang Kai-shek was discovered.


For more info: www.examiner.com/x-1969-Boston-Progressive-Examiner~topic72211-Taiwan
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註冊時間: 2007-09-22
文章: 1909

發表發表於: 星期一 四月 27, 2009 9:13 am    文章主題: 引言回覆

在此要特別澄清一件事, Mr. Richardson 不是美屬派. 他亦不知道他的文章被有心人士操作, 他以後會特別注意
以下是他的回言
"My guiding principle is self-determination for Taiwan..

I do not care if the Taiwanese want to become a 51st state of USA, an independent nation, or a province of China. I just want the Taiwanese people to have the freedom to choose freely.


這應該很清楚吧
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註冊時間: 2007-09-22
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發表發表於: 星期三 四月 29, 2009 8:16 am    文章主題: 引言回覆

這欄的主要目的是讓台灣人民, 海外鄉親, 非母語人士能用英文互相溝通, 或是看看外國朋友們是怎麼看台灣的.

因為不想讓焦點糢糊, 非回 Mr Richardson 文的 feed back, 經討論後全刪了. Mr. Richardson 願意回應對他文章有suggestion 的網友, 但請勿將他專欄拿來行銷或當戰場, 這樣辜負了 Mr. Richardson 的原意. 謝謝


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註冊時間: 2007-09-22
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發表發表於: 星期三 五月 06, 2009 8:51 am    文章主題: 引言回覆

Taiwan is 'Chinese Taipei' to World Health Organization--no membership for island in 'purgatory'


Taiwan's attempt to join the World Health Organization has been repeatedly frustrated by the "political purgatory" of Taiwan's unresolved nationhood status. The national identity that membership in the WHO would bestow has kept Taiwan's 23 million people out of the health organization because of Chinese opposition.

Taiwan's political purgatory "that infects the population's day-to-day life" was recently recognized by the District of Columbia U.S. Court of Appeals as the consequence of an American-imposed "strategic ambiguity". When Japan surrendered at the end of World War II the United States took Chinese soldiers of the Republic of China to Formosa to accept the surrender of Japanese troops on the island. Thus began a U.S. authorized occupation of Taiwan by the Chinese that defeated self-determination for the island residents and officially began the "strategic ambiguity".

The Cold War and the menace from Red China kept Generalissimo Chiang Kai-shek's Kuomintang troops ruling Taiwan with a harsh martial law for decades. The unwillingness of the United States to honor its treaty obligations from the San Francisco Peace Treaty, which ended World War II, and allow self-determination for the island, has created the "political purgatory".

U.S. Circuit Judge Janice Rogers Brown declared the court would act expeditiously to end the purgatory if President Barack Obama will determine sovereignty as only he has war powers. Brown authored the decision declaring the state of "political purgatory" in the case Roger C.S. Lin, et al vs. United States. The case appears headed to the United States Supreme Court for a showdown between the judiciary and the executive over the fate of Taiwan.

The People's Republic of China, at the suggestion of Republic of China in-exile's leader Ma Ying-jeou, has dropped objection to Taiwan's attending the upcoming international Assembly in an observer status and under the name Chinese Taipei.

After the SARS epidemic in 2003, the international medical community began quietly lobbying for Taiwan's membership in WHO as a public health necessity. The recent Swine Flu scare has apparently accelerated the process.

The Chinese Communists are happy; they show the concession as proof they are willing to work on a 'One China-Two Systems' peaceful approach to unification with Taiwan.

The Chinese in-exile are happy; they show the "strategic ambiguity" is workable and they continue the occupation of Taiwan.

The Obama administration is happy, no heavy lifting needed in Taiwan while the "strategic ambiguity" continues to take care of business. A diplomatic solution, a successful outcome.

However, not everyone is happy with the status quo--observers instead of officials at the WHO Assembly. And then there is the name, Chinese Taipei. The neo-colonial name is mandatory to gain admission to the international gathering.

The distaste of Chinese Taipei is expressed throughout the island while ROC officials make little of it. Retired American scholar Jerome Keating lives in Taiwan and has written extensively about the island and its history. Keating sums up a common on-the-street opinion about the renaming of Taiwan.

"Chinese Taipei, such a name declares that all the aborigines and previous colonial groups don't count. Or should the name change each time the ruling colonial power changes? That would make history clearer. In Taiwan we could tell its history by the country's changing names. There would be Dutch Anping, Spanish Tamsui, Manchu Tainan, Japanese Taipei and finally Chinese Taipei."

"The only reason we use Chinese Taipei is to placate the greedy bully across the Taiwan Strait. Taiwan is Taiwan and that is it."

For more info: www.examiner.com/x-1969-Boston-Progressive-Examiner~topic72211-Taiwan
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發表發表於: 星期五 五月 08, 2009 6:41 am    文章主題: 引言回覆

Su Beng's long struggle for Taiwan independence is not over as he takes his message to the streets

Any reports of Su Beng being retired from his long activism for Taiwan independence are mistaken. The 92 year-old activist is still going strong promoting a month-long 500 kilometer march for independence the length of Taiwan.

Su Beng took some time off the walk effort to lead a protest against the restrictive Assembly and Parade Law under which he was arrested in 2006. Along the way, a reporter was able to get Su Beng to comment on the Roger C.S. Lin, et al vs. United States lawsuit.

Su Beng joined the month-long march on April 22nd and during a rest break told Taiwanus.net the reason he was marching.

"We are walking in the footsteps of our ancestors…the Taiwanese people must be unified, have solidarity and bravely stand up to be their own masters, to build their own country."

"If the Taiwanese people don't work hard for their future, if you don't fight for yourself then how could you expect the rest of the world to support you? What is important for Taiwan is that everyone must forcefully declare that Taiwan is not part of China. The Taiwanese have to say that Taiwan is not the same as China or the Republic of China; it is the Republic of Taiwan. We must prevent or stop China from taking over Taiwan. The Taiwanese people have not worked hard enough for themselves."

The Roger C.S. Lin lawsuit is an effort in United States courts to enforce the right of self-determination for Taiwan under terms of the San Francisco Peace Treaty when Japan renounced all claims to the island of Formosa. Because of the Cold War the United States allowed the Chinese occupiers to set up shop and run Taiwan creating the "strategic ambiguity" or "Taiwan question" that the lawsuit seeks to resolve.

Su Beng comments on the lawsuit. "This is a political tool. Their chance of success with this may be low but any methods that move us towards Taiwan's independence are good. This is a good method, but the most important thing is that the Taiwanese must stand in solidarity and fight for independence themselves."

Fighting for independence was what Su Beng was up to in 1950 when he established the Taiwan Independence Army and plotted overthrow of Chiang Kai-shek. Forced into exile in Japan when his plans were found out, Su Beng was granted political asylum in 1954 although was unable to openly return to Taiwan until after the end of Republic of China martial law in 1987.

While in Japan, the tireless activist wrote a political history of Formosa, Taiwan's 400 Year History, that has been published in three languages and is considered a classic work of Taiwan's history.

Now Taiwan's respected elder, Su Beng's revolutionary zeal still burns bright as he works to bring independence to the people of Taiwan.

Translation assistance from Felicia Lin and Mei-ling Lin
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發表發表於: 星期五 五月 08, 2009 6:44 am    文章主題: 引言回覆

Taiwan's 'political purgatory' leaves bitter reminders of Chinese martial law


Taiwanese protestors, no matter how peaceful, become targets of police when criticism of China or the Chinese government in-exile are the topics of protest.

The occupation government of Taiwan, the Republic of China in-exile, ruled the island of Formosa with a harsh martial law for 40 years from 1947 to 1987. The United States Navy brought the Chinese to the island at the close of World War II to process surrendering Japanese soldiers and they never left.

Taiwanese activists seeking independence were harshly dealt with during the martial law period and treated as traitors. The lifting of martial law did finally allow the formation of political parties in opposition to the ruling Kuomintang party of the Nationalist Chinese.

However, the ROC still enforces a restrictive Assembly and Parade law and clamps down on free speech whenever the topic turns to China.

A protest against the People's Republic of China last year triggered a police crackdown on peaceful demonstrators. More recently, during ROC president Ma Ying-jeou's visit to a temple in Tainan, black-shirted ROC security forces attacked students who were chanting anti-Chinese slogans.

Ma stood by while his black-shirts roughed up the peaceful student protesters. The incident was caught on film allowing a glimpse of the repressive ROC tactics used to maintain political control and showing Ma's awareness of the brutality against the students.

The United States has long ignored ROC repression of the local populace during the military occupation. The Cold War and use of Taiwan as a staging area for clandestine operations by the U.S. government has kept a "strategic ambiguity" over the international legal status of the island since World War II.

U.S. Circuit Judge Janice Rogers Brown has called the situation in Taiwan "political purgatory" and urged President Barack Obama to act. Obama has thus far ignored Judge Brown who issued an opinion last month in the Roger C.S. Lin, et al vs. United States case to enforce terms of the San Francisco Peace Treaty and permit self-determination of Taiwan in the future.

The upcoming anniversary of Ma's assent to power will be marked by protests already being planned. The recent assault on the students, witnessed and condoned by Ma, may signal trouble ahead for the upcoming protest.

Is martial law returning to Taiwan?

For more info: www.examiner.com/x-1969-Boston-Progressive-Examiner~topic72211-Taiwan
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Dear President Obama, I now understand your silence about Taiwan's 'political purgatory'


Dear President Obama,

It has been a month since U.S. Circuit Judge Janice Rogers Brown urged you to act "expeditiously" to end the "political purgatory" of Taiwan. Your silence about the American-imposed "strategic ambiguity" that has allowed Chinese occupation of Formosa for over six decades has been troubling and confusing.

You were elected to office on a promise of change. However, there has been no change on American indifference to the denial of self-determination for Taiwan. Actually, it is not indifference, the denial of self-determination is a conscious and continuing action by the United States.

So why have you turned a blind eye and deaf ear to the U.S. treaty obligations of the San Francisco Peace Treaty that ended World War II with Japan?

Rather than attribute evil motives to your silence I have struggled to understand while you are ignoring the mandate from Judge Brown to act. I think I have figured it out.

I believe you are grappling with a huge problem that addressing the fate of Taiwan brings out to the open. The problem is simple. What if the Republic of China in-exile refuses to relinquish its occupation authority?

This is a mighty problem. Our tax dollars and military support have entrenched the Chinese occupation of Taiwan to the point that the Chinese (both those on the mainland and the occupation government in-exile) think that Taiwan belongs to China.

I understand that if America finally acts on its treaty responsibilities to the Taiwanese people and allows self-determination and a national referendum to determine the future of the island that Ma Ying-jeou and his entrenched Kuomintang government may decide to restore martial law and resist democratic measures.

What would you do Mr. President?

Each passing day of "political purgatory" brings Taiwan closer to takeover by Red China. Ma Ying-jeou, the Republic of China leader, has already tried to impose study of the People's Republic of China constitution on ROC bureaucrats and employees and is hard at work to further impose Chinese culture on Taiwan.

I doubt that the Chinese occupation government will easily give up power so I now understand your silence and the huge dilemma that the "strategic ambiguity" presents.

The "Taiwan question" needs attention and a lot of it. Taiwanese democracy should be a central point of your administration instead of being ignored.

It is time to end the America betrayal of Taiwan. Your leadership is needed.

Michael Richardson
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Dear President Obama, A little bit of history will go a long way to getting it right on Taiwan


Dear President Obama,

I know I just wrote you earlier today and it really is a bit much for me to send you two letters in one day. Still, I'm not clear on how much information your staff filter from you.

I'm writing again about this Taiwan business--which is unfinished business.

I realize you have a reeling economy and are fighting a war against terrorism in several countries so my letters about prosperous Taiwan at peace seem a little remote. Also, the long-standing 'Taiwan question' requires a look into history while you are swamped by current events.

I have taken the liberty of making a short list of historical facts for your consideration.

1) Japan surrendered to the United States in August 1945 ending World War II fighting.

2) The first Allied forces arrived at Taiwan in September 1945, five secret agents (three Americans and two Chinese) and were hosted by the Japanese colonial government. The Americans began a smuggling operation while the Chinese took down names of future targets of repression and oppression.

3) The U.S. Navy landed Republic of China soldiers at Taiwan in October 1945 to process Japanese soldiers.

4) The United States watched without intervention the '228 Massacre' and following 'White Terror' beginning in February 1947 and continuing for years under the Republic of China.

5) The United States watched without intervention the imposition of four decades of harsh martial law by the Republic of China against the Taiwanese.

6) The United States made no objection to the opening of a political prison on Green Island in 1950 for Taiwanese victims of the Republic of China's martial law.

7) Japan dropped all claims to Taiwan in 1952 at the San Francisco Peace Treaty.

8) The people of Taiwan did not ask for Chinese soldiers to occupy their island and impose Chinese taxes.

9) The people of Taiwan did not ask for their language to be changed and forced to speak Chinese in violation of the conventions of international warfare.

10) The people of Taiwan have never had a chance to vote if they want a Chinese government.

When Japan surrendered to the United States, the Taiwanese looked to America for help, for freedom from hundreds of years of colonial rule. Instead, we imposed a harsh and cruel Chinese regime on the islanders.

U.S. Circuit Judge Janice Rogers Brown has bravely called the shame of Taiwan's history "political purgatory" and has urged you to act "expeditiously" to assert U.S. responsibility for the determination of sovereignty of Taiwan as a part of our treaty duties.

That, Mr. President, is why I write you twice today.

Michael Richardson
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