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EDITORIAL: Ko’s behavior has gone too far

Taipei Mayor Ko Wen-je (柯文哲) has a well-earned reputation for being a loose cannon, often making insensitive or outlandish remarks in public. However, he has outdone himself this time, trampling over the serious issue of suicide and being insensitive toward so-called “marginalized” people, who eachFULL STORY

The Liberty Times Editorial: Beijing’s sharp power is blunted

The past few years have seen China chalk up successes overseas with its persistent use of sharp power. With the exception of isolated examples within its own territories, such as the challenges it faces in Hong Kong, China is using its economic clout to achieveFULL STORY

Clarity needed on couriers’ status

By Ku Chen-yen 古楨彥

Minister of Labor Hsu Ming-chun (許銘春) last week said that the relationship between delivery drivers and food delivery platforms is to be defined as an employment relationship. Regarding the definition of employment relations, the two major food delivery platforms — Foodpanda and Uber Eats — haveFULL STORY

Changes for food delivery people still lag industry

By Tracy Chen 陳瑞珠

Since two deliverymen were killed in two separate accidents within just four days of each other, food delivery platforms have come under scrutiny for ignoring couriers’ labor rights and for not providing them with labor and health insurance. Under pressure from the public, the Ministry ofFULL STORY

Trading tires: How the West is fueling a waste crisis in Asia

By John Geddie, Sudarshan Varadhan and Joe Brock

When night falls in the Indian village of Nabipur, backyard furnaces come to life, burning waste tires from the West, and making the air thick with acrid smoke and the soil black with soot. Not long ago, Nabipur was a quiet farming village in northern India,FULL STORY

There will be no more Facebook revolutions

By Leonid Bershidsky

“Twitter revolution,” “Facebook revolution” — these terms became widespread during the Arab Spring rebellions at the beginning of this decade, but they are outdated now. For today’s protesters in Hong Kong and Barcelona, or for Extinction Rebellion advocates in capitals around the world, the socialFULL STORY

EDITORIAL: Crack down on false labeling2019-10-22

Minister of Economic Affairs Shen Jong-chin (沈榮津) on Friday told lawmakers that the ministry was aware of eight recent instances of Chinese-made socks being falsely labeled and sold as socks made in Taiwan. Shen made the remarks after Democratic Progressive Party Legislator Chen Su-yueh (陳素月) saidFULL STORY

US needs to refocus on Indo-Pacific2019-10-22

By Joseph Bosco

US President Donald Trump’s administration is struggling to undo the catastrophic damage caused by the president’s precipitous withdrawal of US forces from Syria. Some of it is irreparable, such as the lives lost or maimed. Nor will the Russians and Syrian government forces now movingFULL STORY

Erasing Uighur identity and claims2019-10-22

By Patrik Meyer

Starting in the early 1990s, the Chinese Communist Party’s (CCP) strategy toward the Uighurs and other Muslim minorities in Xinjiang shifted from integrating them to assimilating them into the larger Han Chinese family. Since President Xi Jinping (習近平) came to power, this assimilation strategy hasFULL STORY

National title not the issue for Taiwan2019-10-22

By Ou Wei-chun 歐瑋群

In her Double Ten National Day address, President Tsai Ing-wen (蔡英文) said that the words “Republic of China (Taiwan)” enjoy a consensus in Taiwanese society. Although this title expresses the common life experience of Taiwanese, by juxtaposing the government’s official title and the nation’s subjectiveFULL STORY

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