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EDITORIAL: Taipei mayoral hopefuls bumble on

As the Taipei mayoral race intensifies, the two main candidates remain unable to show what qualifies them as eligible candidates for taking office. Chinese Nationalist Party (KMT) Taipei mayoral candidate Sean Lien (連勝文) and independent candidate Ko Wen-je (柯文哲), who is endorsed by the Democratic ProgressiveFULL STORY

Taiwan must back US’ Islamic State war

By Liu Shih-chung 劉世忠

On the eve of the 13th anniversary of the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks on the US, US President Barack Obama made his most important foreign policy announcement since taking office, vowing to destroy the Islamic State terrorist organization, formerly known as the Islamic StateFULL STORY


Taiwan-US ties On Friday last week, the Brookings Institution’s Center for East Asia Policy Studies (CEAPS) and the Association of Foreign Relations co-hosted a public conference with three panels: Opportunities and challenges in cross-strait relations; opportunities and challenges under new conditions in mainland China; and Washington-Taipei-BeijingFULL STORY

HK sees farming return due to food scares

By Justine Gerardy

It is a rural tradition that faded out decades ago as Hong Kong turned into a neon-lit megacity: rice seedlings being dropped into watery paddy fields with gentle plops. However, now a new wave of farmers are growing the staple again in sleepy Long Valley inFULL STORY

How history came to turn against Conservative-voting Scotland

By Tom Devine

In a day’s time, British people may see the end of Britain as they and their ancestors have known it for generations. If some of the polls are to be believed, Scotland will once again become a sovereign nation state. It is difficult to overestimateFULL STORY

EDITORIAL: Ma’s ‘crisis for democracy’2014-09-16

President Ma Ying-jeou (馬英九), acting in his capacity as Chinese Nationalist Party (KMT) chairman, said that Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) obstructionism is “the biggest crisis that Taiwan’s democracy faces.” Speaking at the KMT’s 19th National Congress in Chiayi City on Sunday, Ma criticized the DPPFULL STORY

Ma’s income gap data misleading2014-09-16

By Mattel Hsu 許建榮

Last month, the Directorate-General of Budget, Accounting and Statistics (DGBAS) released last year’s survey of household incomes and expenses. In his capacity as Chinese Nationalist Party (KMT) chairman, President Ma Ying-jeou (馬英九) said that the nation’s current income gap is the smallest it has beenFULL STORY

Parasites in business, politics feed on nation2014-09-16

By Lee Min-yung 李敏勇

Social responsibility is a collective duty of the public as a whole, which has its roots in morality and ethics. All civilized countries and societies emphasize social responsibility. This does not only apply to individuals, regardless of their professions, it also applies to enterprises ofFULL STORY

[ LETTER ]2014-09-16

US should support DPP I read with interest your recent article on the US trying to influence the outcome of Taiwanese presidential elections (“US may try to sway vote: ex-AIT head” Sept. 14, page 1), but the conclusion drawn by former American Institute in Taiwan (AIT)FULL STORY

Cities lining up to host international arbitrations2014-09-16

By Elizabeth Olsen

The 77km Panama Canal expansion is an engineering marvel that promises to speed up international commerce and might be a boon for global ports. It also involved lots of disputes over cost overruns and construction delays, which pushed completion beyond the canal’s 100th anniversary lastFULL STORY

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