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EDITORIAL: Tsai should stand behind primary

There used to be a warning disguised as a jest that the Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) was becoming “KMT-ized,” or backsliding to become like the Chinese Nationalist Party (KMT), which has been known for its palace politics and undemocratic practices. However, recent developments seem to suggestFULL STORY

US aid and its effects on Taiwan

By Juan Fernando Herrera Ramos

At the end of last month, US President Donald Trump directed his administration to suspend the payment of aid to three countries: Honduras, Guatemala and El Salvador. The decision to cancel the foreign assistance programs, which are estimated to be valued at US$500 million —FULL STORY

Politics is about party philosophy, not heroics

By James Wang 王景弘

Since former premier William Lai’s (賴清德) unexpected announcement last month that he will challenge President Tsai Ing-wen (蔡英文) and seek the Democratic Progressive Party’s (DPP) nomination for next year’s presidential election, his campaigning performance has been middling — it is impossible to discern any senseFULL STORY


NATPA protests LSE Dear Dame Minouche Shafik, director of the London School of Economics and Political Science: On behalf of the North America Taiwanese Professors’ Association (NATPA), we, the directors of its board, are writing to express our outrage and disapproval regarding the London School of EconomicsFULL STORY

Columbine survivors are now sending their own kids to school

By Kathleen Foody, Allen G. Breed and P. Solomon Banda

Dropping her children off at school used to be the hardest part of Kacey Ruegsegger Johnson’s day. She would cry most mornings as they left the car, and relied on texted photographs from their teachers to make it through the day. Now, the mother of fourFULL STORY

S Korea battles abortion stigma despite ruling

By Beth Lih Yi

South Korea is set to legalize abortion after a decades-long ban was struck down, but women’s rights campaigners have said that those who undergo the procedure are still likely to be “punished in the eyes of society.” In a landmark verdict last week, the South KoreanFULL STORY

EDITORIAL: Press freedom needs defenders2019-04-20

After four years of steady advancement in Reporters Without Borders’ (RSF) World Press Freedom Index, Taiwan kept its ranking, 42nd out of 180 nations and territories, but lost its position as best in Asia to South Korea, which last year was tied with Taiwan, butFULL STORY

A dead end to WHO participation2019-04-20

By Lin Shih-chia 林世嘉

According to media reports, WHO spokesman Christian Lindmeier said: “If there is no ‘cross-strait understanding’ this year, it is not expected that an invitation to the WHA [World Health Assembly] will be issued” to Taiwan. Lindmeier not only seriously overstepped the authority of the secretariatFULL STORY

Trump owes Xi tough-love letter2019-04-20

By Joseph Bosco

US President Donald Trump needs to give Chinese President Xi Jinping (習近平) a tough-love message when they next meet at Mar-a-Lago, or perhaps a quasi-affectionate letter such as the ones he exchanges with North Korean leader Kim Jong-un. He would address him as President Xi, ratherFULL STORY

P2P firm defaults in China risk more chaos2019-04-20

By Honda Chen 陳鴻達

China has over the past few years experienced periodic outbreaks of defaults by online peer-to-peer (P2P) lending platforms, with the scale increasing each time. Another such wave has struck in the past few weeks, with several large platforms going bankrupt. The most influential of these wasFULL STORY

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