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EDITORIAL: Ma unconvincing on green energy

President Ma Ying-jeou (馬英九) reiterated that the government is committed to developing forms of renewable energy, on Sunday, stressing that this is an era when people should not give up any energy options, but what he meant was that the government is not so committedFULL STORY

Tobacco tests violate human rights

By Hsu Yue-dian 許育典

New Taipei City’s Education Bureau has announced the purchase of 125 carbon monoxide test instruments for distribution to every private and public junior and senior-high school in the municipality to help them ferret out student smokers. The bureau says that this measure is part ofFULL STORY

Time Ma addressed real public interests

By Du Yu 杜宇

While prices of many daily necessities continue to rise, salaries are now at the lowest level in 16 years. Studies show that 68.7 percent of the working population feel that current salaries are “insufficient.” This double onslaught is making daily lives increasingly difficult, and althoughFULL STORY


Clarification issued We wish to clarify some misunderstandings in Sunday’s editorial (“Ma blames Japan for tourism lull,” Aug. 31, page 8). While meeting last month with several delegations from Japan’s political and business circles, President Ma Ying-jeou (馬英九) called for further expansion of economic and trade ties,FULL STORY

Netanyahu’s slump in polls offset by lack of competition

By Anshel Pfeffer

At the height of Israel’s first Lebanon war in 1982, Amiram Nir, the Israeli officer and journalist who went on to serve as the prime minister’s counterterrorism adviser and later died in a mysterious plane crash, coined the phrase: “Quiet, we’re shooting.” Nearly all of Israel’sFULL STORY

China says any democracy better than none for Hong Kong

By Michael Forsythe, Keith Bradsher and Alan Wong

On the eve of a decision by Beijing on rules for elections in Hong Kong, a top Chinese academic presented a series of justifications on Thursday last week for why the territory’s more than 7 million people should temper demands for Western-style democracy, insisting thatFULL STORY

EDITORIAL: Hiding behind the happiness index2014-09-01

The national happiness index — which measures the public’s degree of satisfaction with their wellbeing — shows that the nation is still ranked in the upper-middle tier among the 37 countries assessed. However, the latest assessment of general wellbeing among Taiwanese raises questions over whetherFULL STORY

Close doors on China for security2014-09-01

By Leung Man-to 梁文韜

The accusations of alleged spying against former Mainland Affairs Council (MAC) deputy minister Chang Hsien-yao (張顯耀) have led to serious concerns over national security. Since the National Assembly abolished the Temporary Provisions Effective During the Period of Communist Rebellion (動員戡亂時期臨時條款) on April 22, 1991, ChineseFULL STORY

New model for joining international groups2014-09-01

By Tung Chen-yuan 童振源

A crucial element in cross-strait tensions at the moment is the question of Taiwan’s participation in the international community. As China insists on the “one China” principle, it is very difficult for Taiwan to take part in international organizations. Since President Ma Ying-jeou (馬英九) hasFULL STORY

Hong Kong democracy is China’s nightmare2014-09-01

By Joseph Tse-Hei Lee 李榭熙

Hong Kong is now facing a series of governance crises: a stagnant economy, an incompetent government void of any legitimacy, its marginalization by the fast-growing cities of Shenzhen, Shanghai and Beijing, and persistent tensions with China over universal suffrage in elections for the territory’s chiefFULL STORY

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