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EDITORIAL: Better enforcement and laws needed

Health authorities have ordered a recall of all food products illegally imported from five Japanese prefectures affected by the March 2011 disaster at the Fukushima Dai-ichi nuclear plant. While the recalled products that have so far been checked for radioactivity have passed the test, thatFULL STORY

AIIB’s stakes are high for Taiwan

By Eric Chiou 邱奕宏

Earlier this month, France, Germany and Italy jointly announced they would join China’s initiative of the Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank (AIIB), right after Britain — the closest ally of the US — had already decided to participate in the new bank. As a result, fourFULL STORY

Taiwanese awareness worth more than riches

By Lee Min-yung 李敏勇

Former Singaporean prime minister Lee Kuan Yew (李光耀), praised as Singapore’s founding father, has died at the age of 91, and the question of whether Lee was the “glory” or “dictator” of Singapore has once again become a hot topic. Singapore is a nation made upFULL STORY


Moving the Palace Museum Democratic Progressive Party Legislator Pasuya Yao (姚文智) said that the Chiang Kai-shek (蔣介石) Memorial Hall should be turned into a branch of the National Palace Museum and that the jade cabbage and other popular exhibits should be moved there. That is aFULL STORY

Zoo watchdog overlooks cruelty

By Oliver Milman

Dozens of examples of harrowing cruelty toward animals in zoos have been overlooked by the world’s top zoo organization, animal welfare groups have alleged. Zoos belonging to the World Association of Zoos and Aquariums (WAZA) have been filmed over the past five years making animals performFULL STORY

Two women, opposite fortunes: a tale of disparity in Angola

By Nicholas Kristof

This is the tale of two women, each an emblem, in her own way, of one of the world’s most corrupt and dysfunctional nations. One of the women is Isabel dos Santos, Africa’s richest woman. The daughter of Angola’s president, she is worth US$3 billion andFULL STORY

Working together to fight issues of nuclear security

By Des Browne and Igor S. Ivanov

Four years ago, a devastating tsunami crashed into the coast of Japan. Fifteen-meter waves breached the seawall of the Fukushima Dai-ichi nuclear power plant, cutting off its emergency power supply and disabling its cooling systems. The nuclear accident was the worst since the meltdown of theFULL STORY

EDITORIAL: Ma’s appeasement policy a worry2015-03-29

China has said it will start using the controversial M503 air route, which it had designated unilaterally, today. Taiwan’s government has not only failed to put up any significant opposition, but even went as far as defending China’s actions — and this appeasement is onlyFULL STORY

Singapore could be CCP’s blueprint2015-03-29

By Minxin Pei 斐敏欣

The death of Lee Kuan Yew (李光耀), Singapore’s founding father, offers an occasion to reflect on his legacy — and, perhaps more importantly, on whether that legacy has been correctly understood. During his 31 years as prime minister, Lee crafted a unique system of government, intricatelyFULL STORY

Work smart, not hard, to end culture of overwork2015-03-29

By Wang Yun-tung 王雲東

According to newspaper reports, the problem of overwork in Taiwan is getting increasingly more serious, and the age pattern of those overworked is becoming “M-shaped,” with even workers under the age of 30 having died from overwork. Ministry of Labor statistics show that workers complete anFULL STORY

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