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EDITORIAL: Agenda for residence permits

When Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) Legislator Chung Chia-pin (鍾佳濱) in November last year asked then-minister of the interior Yeh Jiunn-rong (葉俊榮) to comment on Chung’s proposed amendment to the Household Registration Act (戶籍法) that sought to build a government-managed database containing images of people’s irises,FULL STORY

The Liberity Times Editorial: Ally poaching imperils US visits

President Tsai Ing-wen (蔡英文) on Monday returned from a visit to diplomatic allies Paraguay and Belize. At the same time, the Chinese People’s Liberation Army continues to conduct a series of military exercises in the Yellow Sea. These exercises are obviously aimed at expressing Beijing’s disapprovalFULL STORY

The low birthrate is not caused by gay love

By Chen Chi-nung 陳啟濃

Once in a sauna at a swimming pool, I overheard people talking about the nation’s low birthrate. A woman, who is a mother, had a sudden, odd thought and commented on the LGBT community, saying: “The population is dwindling, but the government still encourages homosexuality. AllowingFULL STORY


Confusion over egg story I am puzzled. The last paragraph of an article about egg sales leaves me uncertain about my sanity: “While the maximum allowable residue of fipronil in poultry products has been eased from 5 to 10 parts per billion in November, many poultry farmersFULL STORY

Empty hotels, idle boats: What happens when a Pacific island upsets China

By Farah Master

Empty hotel rooms, idle tour boats and shuttered travel agencies reveal widening fissures in the tiny Pacific nation of Palau, which is caught in an escalating diplomatic tug-of-war between Taiwan and China. Late last year, China effectively banned tour groups to the idyllic tropical archipelago, brandingFULL STORY

The West must face the reality of its relationship with Turkey

By Richard Haass

Now that Turkey is at loggerheads with its erstwhile ally, the US, the country’s currency crisis has morphed into a political problem of the first order. The immediate issue is Turkey’s refusal to release US pastor Andrew Brunson, who is being held on charges ofFULL STORY

EDITORIAL: Standing up to China the bully2018-08-21

While it is no secret that China has long employed the carrot-and-stick approach in its nefarious scheme to bring Taiwan into its fold, it has of late turned up the intensity and frequency of its efforts to stifle Taiwan’s global presence. On the one hand,FULL STORY

Taiwan needs to draft a basic law2018-08-21

By Hsiao Hsiao-ling 蕭曉玲

Ever since the concept of introducing a “Taiwan basic law” was proposed as an alternative to the Constitution, there has been a great deal of discussion about the idea. Some have argued that Taiwan should simply go ahead and draft its own basic law, while othersFULL STORY

Nursing regulations need attention2018-08-21

By Lu Tzu-yen and Chang Yu-an 盧孳艷 張佑安

At 4:36am on Monday last week, a fire was reported in the hospice on the seventh floor of the Ministry of Health and Welfare’s Taipei Hospital in New Taipei City’s Sinjhuang District (新莊). Because only one nurse was on duty at the time, the fireFULL STORY

KMT’s care for comfort women is hypocritical2018-08-21

By Li Chong-lim 李宗霖

On Tuesday last week, former president Ma Ying-jeou (馬英九) and Chinese Nationalist Party (KMT) Tainan mayoral candidate Kao Su-po (高思博) unveiled Taiwan’s first memorial to World War II “comfort women,” which stands close to the party’s Tainan chapter and faces the historic Hayashi Department Store. MaFULL STORY

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