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EDITORIAL: KMT still playing public for a fool

The Chinese Nationalist Party (KMT) scoffed at comments that it would soon be replaced by the New Power Party, after a poll showed that there is only about a percentage point difference in the public’s preference between the two. However, with the ongoing travesty beingFULL STORY

Is the housing tax unreasonable?

Chang Chin-oh 張金鶚

Former premier Sean Chen’s statement that housing taxes are illegal and unconstitutional has sparked heated debated on whether such taxes should be abolished. At the core of the controversy are two points of contention that need to be addressed. First, are current housing tax adjustmentsFULL STORY

KMT still clinging to ill-gotten party assets

By James Wang 王景弘

The Chinese Nationalist Party’s (KMT) army of blue polo shirt-clad women warriors set about protecting the party’s illicitly obtained assets in the Legislative Yuan. Newly energized, and in a chaotic scene, some of them struggled for the microphone with a male legislator of another party,FULL STORY


Navigating nominee process President Tsai Ing-wen (蔡英文) has nominated Public Functionary Disciplinary Sanction Commission Commissioner Hsieh Wen-ting (謝文定) for Judicial Yuan president and Judicial Yuan Secretary-General Lin Chin-fang (林錦芳) for vice president. Tsai’s choices have been met with opposition from judicial reform groups, New Power PartyFULL STORY

Soft drinks industry faces hard questions

By Adam Briggs, Mike Rayner and Peter Scarborough

The British government in March announced that it intended to introduce a tax on sugary drinks in 2018 to tackle childhood obesity. Whether the tax, which is to be debated this summer, achieves its public-health goals depends on the details and on rigorous evaluation ofFULL STORY

France in shock after killing of priest by Islamic State followers

By Kim Willsher

France was plunged into profound horror and shock for the second time in 12 days when two men slit the throat of a priest as he was celebrating mass in a Normandy church on Tuesday morning. A nun who witnessed the murder described how the menFULL STORY

EDITORIAL: DPP’s risky curricula review process2016-07-28

The 2014 high-school curriculum guidelines that were criticized as being “China-centric” and for downplaying the significance of the 228 Incident and the White Terror Era sparked a mass protest last year, and the Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) administration is striving to right past wrongs. However, isFULL STORY

Grand strategy a key test for Tsai2016-07-28

By Eric Chiou 邱奕宏

It has been about two months since President Tsai Ing-wen’s (蔡英文) inauguration. Her prudent political approach has earned her more plaudits than criticism. This recognition has come despite her low-profile style and various challenges on the domestic and international fronts, such as the accidental launchingFULL STORY

No fooling the public this time on Itu Aba2016-07-28

By James Wang 王景弘

Nearly half a century separates the Protect the Diaoyutai Islands Movement and the present movement to assert the nation’s sovereignty over Itu Aba Island, (Taiping Island, 太平島). There is a clear divergence between the origins of each of these movements, their truthfulness and the extentFULL STORY

[ LETTER ]2016-07-28

China has not invaded yet Republican US presidential candidate Donald Trump has threatened to leave NATO should he become US president. What does this mean for the day-to-day lives of ordinary people living in Taiwan? It probably means very little. Russia invaded and currently occupies Crimea.FULL STORY

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