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Regular format resumes on Friday, Jan. 31.

To our readers: Because of the Lunar New Year holiday, from Friday, Jan. 24, through Thursday, Jan. 30, the Taipei Times will have a reduced format without our regular editorials and opinion pieces. From Saturday to Tuesday it will not be delivered to subscribers, but willFULL STORY

EDITORIAL: Han likely on last chance as mayor2020-01-23

Kaohsiung Mayor Han Kuo-yu (韓國瑜) returned to work after his defeat in the presidential election to face the music in the city he abandoned for three months to concentrate on his campaign. He now has to contend with a recall motion that has a realFULL STORY

The Liberty Times Editorial: DPP needs to focus on governance2020-01-23

On Jan. 11, President Tsai Ing-wen (蔡英文) of the Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) was re-elected and the party retained its legislative majority, thereby maintaining complete control of the government for the next four years. Looking at the numbers, voter turnout reached 74.9 percent and Tsai receivedFULL STORY

Rulings are out of scope for Control Yuan checks2020-01-23

By Chen Mao-hsiung 陳茂雄

Before tendering his resignation, Control Yuan member Chen Shih-meng (陳師孟) was planning to question Taipei District Court Judge Tang Yue (唐玥), who acquitted former president Ma Ying-jeou (馬英九) of leaking classified information in a wiretapping case during the 2013 “September strife,” to investigate whether judgesFULL STORY

[ LETTER ]2020-01-23

Lunar New Year’s greetings It was the eve of Lunar New Year in Taiwan. A new year upon us, the present one nearly done. People were taking buses or the train or the high-speed rail. Some caught a plane or rode a scooter or hopped in a car.FULL STORY

Putin’s, Xi’s ruler-for-life moves pose challenges to the West2020-01-23

By Daria Litinova and Ken Moritsugu

Russian President Vladimir Putin and Chinese President Xi Jinping (習近平) have established themselves as the world’s most powerful authoritarian leaders in decades. Now it looks like they want to hang on to those roles indefinitely. Putin’s sudden announcement last week of constitutional changes that could allowFULL STORY

Biggest food brands failing to halt palm oil deforestation: reports2020-01-23

By Fiona Harvey

Some of the world’s biggest brands are failing in their commitments to banish deforestation from their supply chains through their use of palm oil, despite making public claims to environmental sustainability, according to two reports. Scores of the world’s biggest consumer brands have agreed to phaseFULL STORY

EDITORIAL: Policies on phones an opportunity2020-01-22

On Friday last week, the Taipei Times ran a report in which teachers touted the benefits of managing cellphone use in schools. Starting from August last year, National Hsinchu Senior Industrial Vocational School banned the use of mobile phones during school hours by having theFULL STORY

New award needed to honor allies2020-01-22

By David Pendery 潘大為

I have an idea that might add something positive to Taiwan’s diplomatic, governmental and legalistic affairs, and at a fundamental level promote the ideal of personal righteousness and prestige in people who have acted justly, conscientiously and, most of all, constructively in world affairs. MoreFULL STORY

Real opposition to DPP is necessary2020-01-22

By Albert Shihyi Chiu 邱師儀

The dust has settled after the Jan. 11 presidential and legislative elections. With a difference of 2.65 million votes between the winner and the runner-up in the presidential election, 14.3 million of Taiwan’s 19.231 million eligible voters decided the national direction for the next fourFULL STORY

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