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EDITORIAL: Gay marriage and ‘post-truth’ politics

Approaching midnight on Thursday, a small group of people gathered outside Taipei’s 228 Peace Memorial Park. They had brought a high-pressure hose and a metal stencil stamped with the Chinese for “absolutely no compromises with marriage equality” and “refuse a separate law for heterosexuals andFULL STORY

Italy vote signals rise of far-right

By Chang Meng-jen 張孟仁

Italy’s referendum on constitutional reform and the postponed rerun of Austria’s presidential election were both held on Sunday last week, but had very different results. Fortunately, fears that a win in Austria by a far-right candidate would lead to a domino effect and a resurgence ofFULL STORY

The Liberty Times Editorial: Time for a dose of Trumponomics

China’s Taiwan Affairs Office Minister Zhang Zhijun (張志軍) spoke harshly at this year’s National Taiwanese Business Association directors’ conference, saying that members of the Taiwanese business community should not be allowed to make money in China and then support Taiwanese independence on their return toFULL STORY

Tsai-Trump call offers a window of opportunity

By Joseph Tse-Hei Lee 李榭熙

The trans-Pacific telephone conversation between President Tsai Ing-wen (蔡英文) and US president-elect Donald Trump last week shocked the world as it opened a new window of opportunities and challenges for Taiwan. Diplomatically, Trump sent a strong message to Beijing that he went beyond the “one China”FULL STORY

Forget robots – people skills are the future of US jobs

By Rebecca Greenfield

Automation might be gutting US manufacturing jobs, but there is one thing the robots still cannot beat us at: people skills. It just so happens that the future of US jobs will require a lot of them. The occupations projected to add the most jobs in theFULL STORY

Refugees who escaped Vietnam lured back by start-up dreams

By John Boudreau

During Dang Van Tran’s numerous attempts to flee Vietnam at the age of seven he was shot at twice, nearly drowned at sea and stranded on an island. Now 40 years later, he is back in the communist country doing something unthinkable when he finallyFULL STORY

EDITORIAL: Human rights are for everyone2016-12-10

Today is UN Human Rights Day and this year’s campaign message — in a year marked by hate speech promoted by the US president-elect during his campaign, pro-Brexit campaigners in the UK, anti-refugee campaigns in Europe, anti-Muslim groups, the Islamic State (IS)/Taliban/Boko Haram and theirFULL STORY

Preparing for Chinese retaliation2016-12-10

By Paul Lin 林保華

The telephone conversation between President Tsai Ing-wen (蔡英文) and US president-elect Donald Trump did not happen without planning. This is the unavoidable conclusion after reading Trump’s constant tweets in response to criticism from US media and to refute the clamoring Chinese media. The call took theFULL STORY

‘Chinese Taipei’ is China’s Taipei2016-12-10

By Chang Tsan-kuo 張讚國

People First Party (PFP) Chairman James Soong (宋楚瑜) represented President Tsai Ing-wen (蔡英文) as a special envoy at the APEC Economic Leaders’ Meeting in Lima, Peru, late last month. The most important question about Taiwan’s participation in the meeting is not whether Soong met ChineseFULL STORY

Foreign representatives on rights in Taiwan2016-12-10

Today is Human Rights Day, a commemoration of the UN General Assembly’s adoption of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights in 1948. On this day in 1966, the UN General Assembly also adopted two international treaties that shaped international human rights: the International Covenant on EconomicFULL STORY

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