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EDITORIAL: LGBT rights face renewed threat

Next month should have been a time for celebration for LGBT rights advocates, as it marks the first anniversary of the Council of Grand Justices’ ruling paving the way for the legalization of same-sex marriage within two years. However, the Central Election Commission’s decision on TuesdayFULL STORY

Pearl River Delta has huge potential

By Joseph Tse-Hei Lee 李榭熙

After the US in March passed the Taiwan Travel Act to authorize official bilateral contacts, China offered a series of benefits and subsidies to Taiwanese business executives, accountants, lawyers, scientists, professors, publishers, artists and filmmakers that used to be exclusively available to Chinese citizens. ThisFULL STORY

KMT cannot take New Taipei City for granted

By James Wang 王景弘

The Chinese Nationalist Party (KMT) is trying everything it can to retain the New Taipei City mayorship in the November elections and in Taipei, Mayor Ko Wen-je (柯文哲) is trying just as hard to win the support of the red, blue and green camps toFULL STORY


A shocking waste of medicine On April 1, the National Health Insurance Administration (NHIA) once again adjusted the price of medicine administered under the National Health Insurance (NHI) system. This seems to be the routine way to resolve the NHIA’s prescription budget black hole. When I visitedFULL STORY

‘It’s going to happen’: Is the world ready for war in space?

By Stuart Clark

When you hear the phrase “space war,” it is easy to conjure images that could have come from a Star Wars movie: dogfights in space, motherships blasting into warp speed, planet-killing lasers and astronauts with ray guns. It is also just as easy to thenFULL STORY

EDITORIAL: From one bastion to another2018-04-19

A New York Times article published on Saturday said that Taiwan — “one of Asia’s most vibrant democracies” — has replaced Hong Kong as Asia’s “bastion of free speech.” It is a welcome sentiment, with a few caveats. First, it is not really new. Second, Taiwan’s statusFULL STORY

Public media can vanquish Goliath2018-04-19

By Eve Chiu 邱家宜

On March 21, not long after Chinese President Xi Jinping (習近平) concentrated power in his own hands, China Media Group, also known as the “Voice of China” — a combination of China Central Television, China National Radio and China Radio International — was founded. WithFULL STORY

US policy on Taiwan has to shift2018-04-19

By Sun Masao 孫國祥

From last year’s historic phone call between President Tsai Ing-wen (蔡英文) and then-US president-elect Donald Trump, Trump’s signing of the Taiwan Travel Act and appointment of John Bolton — known for his Taiwan-friendly views and hawkish stance on China — as his national security adviser,FULL STORY

Ko Wen-je’s confusion over identity is ridiculous2018-04-19

By Chiou Chwei-liang 邱垂亮

Taipei Mayor Ko Wen-je (柯文哲) was asked during a Taipei City Council meeting whether he is Chinese or Taiwanese. He stammered and found it difficult to articulate his position, but eventually suggested that, while culturally he is Chinese, he is Taiwanese politically speaking. That reallyFULL STORY

Insect farms gear up to feed soaring
global protein demand

By Karl Plume

Layers of squirming black soldier fly larvae fill large aluminum bins stacked 10-high in a warehouse outside Vancouver. They are feeding on stale bread, rotting mangoes, overripe cantaloupe and squishy zucchini. Yet this is no garbage dump. It is a farm. Enterra Feed, one of an emergingFULL STORY

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