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EDITORIAL: Leave Taiwan out of your war, Obama

US President Barack Obama naming Taiwan as one of the US’ partners in the global battle against terrorism might have come across as a nod to the nation’s aid to Syrian refugees to some, but his remarks at the East Asia Summit in Kuala LumpurFULL STORY

HK spawns new political normal

By Joseph Tse-Hei Lee 李榭熙

A high voter turnout on Sunday at the Hong Kong district council elections was of great symbolic importance. Two new political trends can be discerned from this first manifestation of public sentiment since last year’s “Umbrella movement” protests. First, Hong Kongers are in a new politicalFULL STORY

Food safety regulations outdated

By Lin Yu-hsiung 林鈺雄

In light of cases involving tainted and adulterated cooking oil at the end of last year, the government made revisions to the Act Governing Food Safety and Sanitation (食品安全衛生管理法) to increase the criminal responsibility of those who contravene the law. Nevertheless, food safety scandals haveFULL STORY

No need for furore over Sunshine Justice site

By Wu Ching-chin 吳景欽

The ministry of Justice has demanded that the Judicial Reform Foundation shut down its Sunshine Justice Web site, saying that the site has leaked personal information and done more damage than good, but it did not clarify what specific information was leaked and what lawsFULL STORY

Response to terrorism threat puts Belgium in harsh light

By Andrew Higgens

A month before the recent Paris terrorist attacks, Mayor Francoise Schepmans of Sint-Jans-Molenbeek, a Brussels district long notorious as a haven for jihadists, received a list with the names and addresses of more than 80 people suspected as Muslim militants living in the area. The list,FULL STORY

China must act quickly to prevent an antibiotic apocalypse

By Adam Minter

Scientists last week announced that they had discovered a gene spreading among bacteria in China that renders them resistant to some of the world’s most powerful “last resort” antibiotics. If such invulnerable bugs spread, doctors might soon lack the tools needed to combat infections, whetherFULL STORY

EDITORIAL: Legislative reform possible with DPP2015-11-26

During election campaigns, many politicians behave like car salespeople when promoting their political platforms: Whatever you want, I have it on offer and it is the best there is. After being elected, they often have nothing of what people want and all their sweet promisesFULL STORY

Air pollution requires urgent action2015-11-26

By Chan Chang-chuan 詹長權

Since late last month, air pollution has spiked in Taiwan, including a high density of PM2.5 — fine particles measuring less than 2.5 micrometers in diameter. This is especially true of the central and southern regions, where fossil-fuel power stations and petrochemical industry zones are concentrated.FULL STORY

Levying capital gains tax difficult2015-11-26

By Schive Chi 薛琦

With the exception of property tax, perhaps the most controversial tax in Taiwan is the capital gains tax. It distinguishes itself in the way it has been a story of stops and starts, it has never been properly implemented and nothing has ever come ofFULL STORY

The moving of Songshan airport is a no-brainer2015-11-26

By Chien Li-yi 簡立易

The proposed relocation of Taipei International Airport (Songshan airport) is once again under the spotlight. Discussions on the issue can be read on the Internet, with some netizens asking why politicians have to meddle and push for moving the airport. The overlap between the controlled airspaceFULL STORY

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