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EDITORIAL: Changing monetary policy not enough

Central banks around the world use tools such as interest rates to adjust the money supply in an attempt to balance inflation, employment and output growth, although some banks are more concerned with inflation, while others prioritize economic growth. Over the past two decades, mostFULL STORY

Ryan Hass On Taiwan: The calm before the storm?

Taiwan’s recent election results have become a bit of a Rorschach test — what people see reflects what they want to see. For Beijing, the results reflect a popular repudiation of President Tsai’s (蔡英文) policies, including her approach to cross-Strait relations. Many in the KMTFULL STORY

Referendum trouble may be blessing in disguise

By John Yu 于則章

The results of the 10 referendums held alongside the Nov. 24 nine-in-one elections have been described as a major defeat for the Democratic Progressive Party (DPP). The defeat of the proposal to have the national team compete at the 2020 Tokyo Summer Olympics using theFULL STORY


Putting the brakes on President Tsai Ing-wen (蔡英文) on Tuesday said that policies requiring safety equipment to be added to scooters and motorcycles, and safety standards to be raised, are well-intended, but overlook whether the requirements would add to the financial burden on riders. She askedFULL STORY

How India’s sex workers prevented an AIDS epidemic

By Amrit Dhillon

In 2002, a major report predicted an AIDS catastrophe in India. The country would have 20 to 25 million AIDS cases by 2010. People were being infected at the rate of about 1,000 a day. AIDS orphans numbered 2 million. This scourge would ravage families,FULL STORY

Climate change should be put on everyone’s menu

By Riccardo Valentini

When we think about winning the fight against climate change, most people concentrate on reducing greenhouse gas emissions from cars, trucks and other machines powered by fossil fuels. However, while these emissions sources are certainly worthy of our attention, another culprit receives far less thanFULL STORY

Women, work and how a rickshaw revolution could help India

By Kasturi GVL

When resources are limited, it is human capital that defines the sustainable development of a community, especially in the case of costly misallocation and underutilization, as is often the case in developing countries. Nowhere is this truer than in India, where the value of theFULL STORY

EDITORIAL: Laws will not stop fake news2018-12-16

The Executive Yuan on Wednesday released a video to explain proposed legislative amendments aimed at curbing the spread of disinformation. The purpose of the video was to address confusion and concern over the proposed amendments that were similar to reactions following proposals to fight “fakeFULL STORY

NCC should save news channels2018-12-16

By Eve Chiu 邱家宜

There are TV stations, reporters and staff who are doing a good job with election coverage, but viewer ratings for coverage of the nine-in-one elections were a huge blow for them. Channels that reported on candidates in an uneven manner had more viewers than channelsFULL STORY

US-China contest portends trouble2018-12-16

By Sushil Seth

The rise of populist nationalism, of which Donald Trump’s election as US president is the most vivid example, is changing the contours of global politics. Trump proudly calls himself a “nationalist” out to make the US great again, which — not so subtly — saysFULL STORY

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