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EDITORIAL: Increased water bills not the answer

Faced with the most serious water shortage in decades, there has been a lot of talk about different measures to improve water conservation. However, perhaps rethinking industrial policies is the best solution. Due to the exceptionally low volume of rainfall since last year, the government hasFULL STORY

China’s rise ignites shock and awe

By Sushil Seth

China’s rise inspires awe, a combination of fear and admiration. The fear is much more pronounced among some of its neighbors, involving claims and counterclaims of sovereignty over a clutch of islands in the South China and East China seas. In the South China Sea,FULL STORY

Indigenous rights are ignored by Ma’s policies

By Chi Chun-chieh 紀駿傑

Nine Truku Aborigines of Mqmgi Village in Hualien County recently were charged by the police with violating the Controlling Guns, Ammunition and Knives Act (槍砲彈藥刀械管制條例) and with threatening people. About a year ago, to safeguard their land, the nine attempted to stop a large groupFULL STORY

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Who is new center for? The Republic of China (ROC) national flag has once again been raised in the US, this time at 10:10am on April 18, at the opening of the Chinese Culture Center in Milpitas, California, of the Taipei Economic and Cultural Office (TECO)FULL STORY

New York City’s environmental goals draw praise

By Matt Flegenheimer

As New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio on Wednesday released a long-term blueprint for the city — calling on New Yorkers to send no waste to landfills by 2030, and aiming to lift 800,000 people from poverty or near-poverty in a decade, among otherFULL STORY

Nicotine-like pesticides harm bee populations

By Karl Mathiesen

Bees may become addicted to nicotine-like pesticides in the same way humans get hooked on cigarettes, according to a new study, which was released as a landmark field trial provided further evidence that such neonicotinoids harm bee populations. In a study published in the journal Nature,FULL STORY

‘Earth Statement’ sets out key elements for global climate deal

By Johan Rockstrom

On April 22, the world marked the 45th anniversary of Earth Day, established in 1970 to draw attention to environmental challenges. Never have those challenges been greater or more urgent than they are today. The combination of climate change, erosion of biodiversity and depletion ofFULL STORY

EDITORIAL: Judicial nominations need scrutiny2015-04-25

President Ma Ying-jeou (馬英九) has nominated lawyer Huang Horng-shya (黃虹霞), Deputy Minister of Justice Wu Chen-huan (吳陳鐶), National Taiwan University law professor Tsai Ming-cheng (蔡明誠) and Shilin District Court President Lin Jyun-yi (林俊益) for seats on the Council of Grand Justices. The grand justices areFULL STORY

Xi talks aid Chu’s 2020 election bid2015-04-25

By Paul Lin 林保華

To find out how the relationship between the Chinese Nationalist Party (KMT) and the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) has developed after President Ma Ying-jeou (馬英九) resigned as KMT chairman, all eyes turn to New Taipei City Mayor and KMT Chairman Eric Chu (朱立倫). Chu nowFULL STORY

Voting takes a bite out of food fears2015-04-25

By Du Yu 杜宇

The origin of the insecticide DDT found in tea producer Stornaway’s (英國藍) rose tea has still not been clarified, once again showing the Ministry of Health and Welfare’s inability to carry out proper food-safety checks. Despite the establishment of the Food and Drug Administration (FDA)FULL STORY

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