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EDITORIAL: Treating spies with kid gloves

While China deserves condemnation for its persistent threat to annex Taiwan and increasingly aggressive measures to penetrate Taiwanese security agencies, the Taiwanese government is not without blame: Its judicial system’s lenient treatment of people convicted of spying for China has played into Beijing’s hand. OneFULL STORY

Tsai stalling on same-sex marriage

By Bruce Liao 廖元豪

As the 15th Taiwan LGBT (lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender) Pride parade took place on Oct. 28, President Tsai Ing-wen (蔡英文) presented the LGBT people, who have been among her major supporters, with yet another “empty gift.” Tsai commented on her Facebook page on theFULL STORY

Taiwan as the Gibraltar of Asia

By Jerome Keating

It is not uncommon for nations to take on names that are symbolic or metaphorical images of the country in the minds of their citizens and the world. The US, for example, has at different periods in its history been referred to as a “shiningFULL STORY

Taiwan’s status can’t be changed unilaterally

By HoonTing 雲程

Maintaining the “status quo” has been President Tsai Ing-wen’s (蔡英文) theme for handling relations across the Taiwan Strait since she first mentioned it on April 9, 2015, during her election campaign. When she visited the US a month later, Tsai explained her position to theFULL STORY

The Pandora’s box of the digital age

By Carl Bildt

Is the world sliding dangerously toward cyber Armageddon? Let us hope not, but let us also apprehend the threat and focus on what to do about it. In the past year alone, a series of hacks and ransomware attacks by hostile governments and other malign actorsFULL STORY

Keeping it real: Action key as UN climate talks battle to stay relevant

By Marlowe Hood

There was a telling moment at the 23rd edition of the UN climate talks that underscored both the life-and-death stakes in the fight against global warming, and how hard it is for this belabored forum to rise to the challenge. Twelve-year-old Timoci Naulusala from Fiji, aFULL STORY

EDITORIAL: Rooftop panels are not enough2017-11-20

In 2013, the government launched a project to encourage the installation of rooftop solar panels to generate power for personal use. Any excess electricity would be sold to Taiwan Power Co (Taipower). However, the project failed to gain widespread support from the public, because government agenciesFULL STORY

Can there be too much freedom?2017-11-20

By Chang Kuo-tsai 張國財

Several significant events in Taiwan have signaled an important watershed, when the nation transitioned from having no freedom of expression to having it. These events included the lifting of martial law and the abolishment of the bans on political parties other than the Chinese Nationalist PartyFULL STORY

Ko should stop clowning around2017-11-20

By Chin Heng-wei 金恒煒

Taipei’s “novice” Mayor Ko Wen-je (柯文哲) really outdid himself with the shamelessly clownish performance he put on last week. While answering councilors’ questions at a Taipei City Council session on Monday, Ko, who was a physician before becoming mayor, not only avoided giving straight answers, butFULL STORY

Time is money when approving schedules2017-11-20

By Chen Yung-chang 陳永昌

The Executive Yuan last week approved draft amendments to the Labor Standards Act (勞動基準法) that would enable more flexible work days on a conditional basis. Minister of Labor Lin Mei-chu (林美珠) said there would be standard procedures and review mechanisms for approving applications to work moreFULL STORY

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