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EDITORIAL: Chinese products must be boycotted

Have you ever counted how many of your personal belongings were made in China? If you have not, try doing so. You might be surprised by how much you are unknowingly paying Chinese companies. The idea of boycotting Chinese products is bound to spark controversy. AsFULL STORY

China slave to an ancient mindset

By Masao Sun 孫國祥

Ancient Greek historian Thucydides’ saying that “the strong do what they can and the weak suffer what they must” explains the cruelty of a state in its pursuit of military power to maintain its continuity and survival in an anarchic world. Today, more than 2,000FULL STORY

Next clash between US and China

By HoonTing 雲程

On July 7, the USS Benfold and the USS Mustin — two US Navy Arleigh Burke-class guided missile destroyers equipped with the Aegis Combat System — passed northward through the Taiwan Strait on their way to their home base of US Fleet Activities Yokosuka inFULL STORY

Having dignity or company of strangers?

By John Hsieh 謝鎮寬

There are two types of government employees: administrative officers and official officers, each with different attitudes and missions. In the US and Europe an officer is considered a public servant who serves the taxpayer, but in Taiwan some officers act like masters with power toFULL STORY

Has Greece finally escaped the grip of catastrophe?

By Helena Smith

Greece’s oldest literary society, the Parnassos cultural club, stands opposite a church on one of Athens’s oldest squares. Its neoclassical facade and monumental columns were designed to impress. The society, named after the home of the Muses, had a single objective: to promote the nation’sFULL STORY

EDITORIAL: KMT’s unendearing display2018-07-17

Chinese Nationalist Party (KMT) Chairman Wu Den-yih (吳敦義) on Saturday urged the public to give the party another chance in the nine-in-one elections on Nov. 24 to “rebuild a happy and prosperous Taiwan, and a respected Republic of China,” promising the party would strive toFULL STORY

Higher standards for death penalty2018-07-17

By Lin Chen-hsien 林臻嫺

A series of cruel murders has sparked public calls on outgoing Minister of Justice Chiu Tai-san (邱太三) to order executions to dissuade copycats. Responding to public concern that the murders were connected to the government’s unwillingness to carry out capital punishment, Chiu said that executionsFULL STORY

Reshuffle to put steel in Cabinet2018-07-17

By Paul Lin 林保華

On Thursday last week, President Tsai Ing-wen’s (蔡英文) administration announced another Cabinet reshuffle. Minister of Justice Chiu Tai-san (邱太三) might serve as an adviser to the National Security Council, with Investigation Bureau Director-General Tsai Ching-hsiang (蔡清祥) taking over Chiu’s post. Also, Cabinet spokesman Hsu Kuo-yungFULL STORY

Indigenous issues not for election campaigns2018-07-17

By Ingay Tali

The Chinese Nationalist Party’s (KMT) mayoral candidate in Tainan, Kao Su-po (高思博), has complained that the city is the only special municipality without a Hakka Affairs Council. He said that although the Hakka community make up 6 percent of Tainan’s population and Aborigines make up onlyFULL STORY

Workplace changes in an age of automation2018-07-17

By Susan Lund and Eric Hazan

From truck drivers using GPS to nurses recording patients’ vital signs to train conductors checking tickets with hand-held devices, everybody nowadays needs some basic digital skills. Demand for digitally savvy workers has been rising quietly over the past decade or more, but that shift isFULL STORY

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