Mon, Dec 10, 2018

Commission exonerates 1,505 people

A total of 1,505 people who were unjustly convicted during the authoritarian era were yesterday exonerated in a traditional Atayal ritual attended by Vice President Chen Chien-jen (陳建仁). Of the people exonerated, 27 were Aborigines who were unjustly tried in the aftermath of the ...FULL STORY

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Chinese practice 露出馬腳 to reveal the cloven hoof (lou4 chu1 ma2 jiao3) 一七八三年,法國巡防艦「希比耶號」掛著英格蘭軍旗──船旗是用來表示船隻的國籍──來誘使英格蘭籍船「赫薩號」靠近,並讓赫薩號誤以為希比耶號陷入了困境。於是赫薩號駛近,這時希比耶號迅速而挑釁地開到這艘英籍船旁、向它開火,並試圖登船。赫薩號船長羅素閃避了開,最終取得優勢,並佔據了希比耶號、俘虜其船長。羅素在眾人面前折斷了法籍船長的劍,因為法籍船長以「false colors」(他國旗幟)偽裝,以向他船開火,這種行為非常可恥。 一艘船的「colors」指是它的海軍旗幟。根據當時英格蘭皇家海軍的「戰爭條例」(戰爭行為準則),升起他國的旗幟來欺騙敵人、使之誤以為你是盟友,這是被允許的。但若你要向另一艘船發動攻擊或開火,你必需展示出你真實的顏色──升起你真正的海軍旗幟──否則就違反了戰爭條例。 以「顏色」來表示效忠某國家或主子,這種做法可追溯到很久以前,早期有個成語便是「to sail under...FULL STORY

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