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EDITORIAL: KMT steps up election magic

As it turns out, the Chinese Nationalist Party (KMT) is quite the magician. By the deadline for registering as participants in the party chairperson election, the six candidates had together submitted more than 720,000 supporting signatures from party members. That is 1.7 times the 420,000FULL STORY

Homosexuality in Chinese history

By David Evseeff

An article by correspondent Emily Rauhala in the Washington Post (“A backlash against same-sex marriage tests Taiwan’s reputation for gay rights,” April 20) caught my attention, as it addressed the ongoing same-sex marriage debate in Taiwan and the counter-push by certain conservative Christian groupsFULL STORY

Hatta’s ‘decapitation’ indefensible

By Chen Fang-ming 陳芳明

The decapitation of a statue of Yoichi Hatta, the Japanese engineer who is honored as the “father of the Chianan Irrigation System,” appears to have pleased the pro-unification camp in the Chinese Nationalist Party (KMT), and even Chinese academics have reacted with schadenfreude. The decapitationFULL STORY

Youth must rebuild an unfinished nation

By Lee Min-yung 李敏勇

The term “lost generation” describes the generation that came of age during World War I. The term was popularized by US author Ernest Hemingway in The Sun Also Rises and entered the global lexicon, with many of Hemingway’s contemporaries adopting the term in theirFULL STORY

Officers describe kill rewards, staged crime scenes in Duterte’s drug war

By Manuel Mogato and Clare Baldwin

The Philippine police have received cash payments for executing drug suspects, planted evidence at crime scenes and carried out most of the killings they have long blamed on vigilantes, two senior officers who are critical of Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte’s “war on drugs” said. In theFULL STORY

Not all jobs can be saved, but people’s futures can be protected

By Paul Krugman

US President Donald Trump is still promising to bring back coal jobs, but the underlying reasons for coal employment’s decline — automation, falling electricity demand, cheap natural gas and technological progress in wind and solar — will not go away. Meanwhile, the US Department of theFULL STORY

EDITORIAL: A reminder on Earth Day2017-04-22

Today is Earth Day, marked by people the world over through cleanup efforts, marches, educational outreach programs and other activities. In Taiwan, the focus today will be on beach and riverside cleaning, and water protection efforts in Taipei and other areas, such as Miaoli County, whereFULL STORY

US should take charge on N Korea2017-04-22

By Paul Lin 林保華

Under perceived pressure from the approaching USS Carl Vinson carrier strike group, North Korea did not conduct nuclear tests on Saturday last week, the nation’s “Day of the Sun” when state founder Kim Il-sung’s birth is celebrated, thus avoiding a clash. However, the next day, NorthFULL STORY

Subsidies for private childcare?2017-04-22

By Lin Chia-lung and Lue Jen-der 林佳龍,呂建德

The declining birth rate is a serious problem facing society. It has implications not just for the labor force, but also for the sustainability of the nation’s social welfare system. The imbalance in the ratio between the population contributing to the state’s pension and careFULL STORY

‘Diversified’ recruitment will lead to exclusion2017-04-22

By Sena Chen 陳興男

On April 12, legal professionals passed a resolution to propose a “diverse recruitment plan” for judges at a subgroup of the preparatory committee for the Presidential Office’s National Congress on Judicial Reform. How diversified should recruitment of judges be? Can the government not recruit people fromFULL STORY

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