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EDITORIAL: Managing Brexit market waves

As the UK voted to exit the EU, global markets on Friday descended into chaos, but Taiwan should come through this Brexit-fueled market turmoil with only a few scratches in the short term, as the nation’s direct export exposure to the UK is relatively smallFULL STORY

Reforming political society the civil way

By Hsu Wei-chun 徐偉群

Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) legislators Wellington Koo (顧立雄), Yu Mei-nu (尤美女), Chou Chun-mi (周春米), Chen Chi-mai (陳其邁) and 29 other DPP and New Power Party (NPP) legislators submitted a draft procedural act for civil participation in constitutional reform. Submitting the draft is just the first step.FULL STORY

Britain, Europe and a referendum

By Ian Inkster 音雅恩

In the late 1960s, young students such as myself supported the Common Market (as it was then known), and Britain’s membership of it, for a mixture of reasons, but mainly for political and cultural ones. If post-World War II peace was to survive, then WesternFULL STORY


The name says it all Last week, Britons had a referendum called “Brexit.” The name itself predicts the referendum outcome that Britain would exit the EU. Surprisingly, stock markets and foreign exchanges around the world were hit hard, possibly because “Brexit” sounds like “breaks it.” TheFULL STORY

Teaching Tiananmen to a new generation

By Luo Siling

Born and raised in China, Rowena Xiaoqing (何曉清) is best known for her research on the 1989 Tiananmen democracy movement. In 2010, she created a freshman seminar at Harvard called “Rebels With a Cause: Tiananmen in History and Memory” and in 2014, she published TiananmenFULL STORY

Behind the support for Brexit and Trump: Economic resentment

By Christopher S. Rugaber

The UK’s stunning vote to leave the EU was driven by much of the same sentiment that fueled Donald Trump’s insurgent march toward the US Republican presidential nod: A rejection of economic globalization and the elites who favor it by those who feel left behind.FULL STORY

EDITORIAL: Strike turns a new page in Taiwan2016-06-26

A one-day strike on Friday by the Taoyuan Flight Attendants Union did not only achieve victory: Combined with the positive reactions of the public, the strike has set a milestone for workers’ rights in the nation. The labor dispute started when China Airlines (CAL) management changedFULL STORY

The Liberty Times Editorial: The DPP becoming the new KMT2016-06-26

After obtaining absolute power for the first time, the Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) is to hold a national congress next month. Recently, some party members proposed that based on the goal of maintaining the “status quo,” the DPP should adopt a new party charter toFULL STORY

The way to grassroots reform of pensions2016-06-26

By Cash Chang 張凱翔

Whether pension reform is described as a top-down or bottom-up process is just a matter of formality. Those in charge of reform must look squarely at the issue at hand and answer: Why have public school teachers been falling over each other in a rushFULL STORY


Objectifying protesters Over the past few days, China Airlines (CAL) flight attendants have been on strike over working conditions, with hundreds of CAL workers occupying sections of Nanjing East Road in Taipei. Some online commentators debated which flight attendants could be named the “sexiest striker,” anFULL STORY

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