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EDITORIAL: Pushing forward with renewables

Measures proposed by the Bureau of Energy, which are to be implemented from next month to September, aim to encourage households and businesses to save energy and would require the public sector to reduce unnecessary use of lighting and air-conditioning. The bureau estimates the measuresFULL STORY

Court’s ruling a missed opportunity

By Michael Danielsen

Wednesday last week was a great day for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender rights in Taiwan. The Council of Grand Justices ruled that the Civil Code violates constitutional guarantees of freedom of marriage and equality. The council required the legislature to amend the Civil CodeFULL STORY

How the Czechs beat Taiwan in development

By Johnny Shieh 謝國榮

During a recent visit to a Skoda car factory in the Czech Republic, what impressed me more than anything was not its daily output of 2,500 cars or its annual turnover of 1.05 million cars — which translates into a yearly revenue of more thanFULL STORY


Constitution trumps majority The Constitution supersedes majority rule. This might sound strange in a democracy, but it is true. A constitution is intended to enshrine rights which are natural and expected among the people governed by it. In Taiwan, Article 173 of the Constitution provides thatFULL STORY

Spatial apartheid driving housing protests in Cape Town

By Alice McCool

Glitzy shopping arcades. Fine alfresco dining. A world class aquarium. A recently opened five-star hotel in a grain silo converted by Thomas Heatherwick’s studio, offering guests views of the harbor and Table Mountain through bulging “pillowed glass windows.” Those in the penthouse suite have paidFULL STORY

EDITORIAL: Taiwan sets a new standard2017-05-28

The Council of Grand Justices on Wednesday issued Constitutional Interpretation No. 748, ruling that the chapter on marriage in the Civil Code is in violation of Article 22 — which deals with guarantees of freedom of marriage — and Article 7 — concerning guarantees ofFULL STORY

Wu Den-yih and reviving the KMT2017-05-28

By Parris Chang 張旭成

With former vice president Wu Den-yih’s (吳敦義) election as the next chairperson of the Chinese Nationalist Party (KMT), might the party be on the comeback trail? On Saturday last week, KMT members cast their votes to elect a new party leader and Wu won aFULL STORY

Waiting for our politics to reach maturity2017-05-28

By Lee Min-yung 李敏勇

On Saturday last week, former vice president Wu Den-yih (吳敦義) won the Chinese Nationalist Party (KMT) chairperson election after receiving more than half of the votes, beating KMT Chairwoman Hung Hsiu-chu (洪秀柱), KMT Vice Chairman Hau Lung-bin (郝龍斌) — a former Taipei mayor and ministerFULL STORY

[ LETTER ]2017-05-28

Remebering Chiang Kai-shek When discussing the future of Chiang Kai-shek (蔣介石) statues nationwide, it is necessary to first ask want kind of memories we want to leave for future generations. A statue is a statement of values as it pointedly tells people what they should remember. ItFULL STORY

Polish environmentalists protest government changing primeval forest into ‘oak farm’2017-05-28

By Christian Davies

The Polish government is accused of pushing the Bialowieza forest ecosystem to point of no return with state-sanctioned logging at a UNESCO world heritage site Scientists and environmental campaigners have accused the Polish government of bringing the ecosystem of the Bialowieza forest in northeastern Poland toFULL STORY

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