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EDITORIAL: Taiwan can do more for migrants

Vice President Chen Chien-jen (陳建仁) on Tuesday reiterated the nation’s commitment to fighting human trafficking during a speech in Taipei to the International Workshop on Strategies for Combating Human Trafficking. Taiwan has been ranked as Tier One in the US Department of State’s annual Trafficking inFULL STORY

The coiled spring of democratization

By Chen Yi-shen 陳儀深

The Preparatory Office of the National Human Rights Museum — as part of the commemorations for the 30th anniversary of the lifting of martial law — invited National Chengchi University history professor Hsueh Hua-yuan (薛化元) to edit a history of the Martial Law era, entitledFULL STORY

The Liberty Times Editorial: Purges could spark financial crisis

The apparent mass exodus of business tycoons from China and Hong Kong that we have been seeing of late —Dalian Wanda Group chairman Wang Jianlin (王健林) taking his investment overseas, just as Hong Kong billionaire Li Ka-shing (李嘉誠) has been shifting his focus to EuropeFULL STORY

Wu Den-yih and the younger generation

By James Wang 王景弘

The Chinese Nationalist Party (KMT) is incapable of anything but scheming and plotting, and forming factions. It is conforming to its own “orthodoxy,” rejecting anyone who holds another opinion. The long-running conflict between the party’s local factions and the Huang Fu-hsing (黃復興) branch has beenFULL STORY

The rise and fall of Thailand’s top trafficker: General Manas

By Aidan Jones and Sally Mairs

An army “big shot” whose influence seeped across the south, Lieutenant General Manas Kongpan sat at the apex of Thailand’s grisly trade in humans, raking in an untold fortune to keep prying eyes off the trafficking route. As the number of desperate Rohingya and Bangladeshis shuttledFULL STORY

The West’s decadent foreign policy threatens its moral compass

By Chris Patten

Nowadays, the West can be described as decadent. That does not mean simply that we are addicted to “bread and circuses,” from welfare programs in Europe (which we can barely afford) to the Super Bowl in the US. It means also that we are increasinglyFULL STORY

How parasites pull the strings

By Robbie Rae

Science fiction has long explored the terrifying possibility that we are devoid of free will and that some unpleasant creature could control our minds or turn us into plodding zombies, but mind control is not just a literary trope. It is also a common methodFULL STORY

EDITORIAL: Linguistic preservation complications2017-07-26

There has been much buzz about Taiwan’s languages lately. As per the Aboriginal Language Development Act (原住民族語言發展法), passed in May, local governments last week began to issue official documents entirely or partially in Aboriginal languages. President Tsai Ing-wen (蔡英文) posted a photograph of the firstFULL STORY

An explanation for ‘desinicization’2017-07-26

By Luo Zi-zhi 羅子志

Pro-China political parties often use the term “desinicization” to attack pro-Taiwan localization efforts. Every time I see this issue being politicized, it stirs up all kinds of conflicts in my mind. What is “desinicization”? I have a doctorate in Chinese literature and I teach Chinese, but evenFULL STORY

Prosecutorial checks and balances2017-07-26

By Wu Ching-chin 吳景欽

On Monday last week, the Taipei District Prosecutors’ Office searched the home and office of former Chinese Nationalist Party (KMT) Central Policy Committee director Alex Tsai (蔡正元) in connection with an investigation involving three companies formerly connected with the KMT: Central Motion Picture Corp (中影),FULL STORY

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