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EDITORIAL: Hiding crime in plain sight

Not for the first time, one has to wonder just what it is that employees of the Taipei Department of Urban Development, the Urban Design Review Committee, the Construction Management Office and the Revenue Office have been doing over the past decade or two, orFULL STORY

Beijing’s approach to HK is flawed

By Doug Bandow

Chinese President Xi Jinping (習近平) has ascended China’s political mountaintop and is imposing his will on both the Chinese Communist Party and the Chinese public. His time spent in the US did not turn him into a liberal: Under him, the People’s Republic of ChinaFULL STORY

Stop torture by making it a crime

By Su Yiu-chen 蘇友辰

On Dec. 10, 1948, the UN General Assembly adopted the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, and in 1950 it designated Dec. 10 as Human Rights Day to encourage people to show concern for human rights problems all over the world. On Dec. 10, 1984, theFULL STORY

Fueling the engine of SMEs for ‘green’ trade

By Yang Chung-han 楊宗翰

A key issue addressed at the WTO’s 11th Ministerial Conference in Buenos Aires this week was the participation of micro, small and medium-sized enterprises (MSMEs) in the WTO agenda and international trade. The conference acknowledged that MSMEs perform a significant role in both member states’ nationalFULL STORY

What would an earthquake-proof city look like?

By Chrissie Giles

Between 1994 and 2013, nearly half a million people around the world died due to earthquakes, with another 118.3 million affected. A further 250,000 deaths resulted from subsequent tsunamis — chiefly in 2004 in the Indian Ocean — and more than 700 from ash fall. EarthquakesFULL STORY

EDITORIAL: Confronting a lack of compassion2017-12-15

The pursuit of transitional justice in Taiwan has encountered several hurdles, with the Chinese Nationalist Party (KMT) naturally leading the opposition. However, there is one strong hurdle that is harder to tackle: ordinary people who are easily manipulated and put money above values. In addition toFULL STORY

Transitional justice vaguely defined2017-12-15

By Wu Ching-chin 吳景欽

The Legislative Yuan on Tuesday last week passed the Act on Promoting Transitional Justice (促進轉型正義條例). The law requires that the Executive Yuan set up an independent transitional justice promotion committee to take measures and handle issues related to transitional justice. In the past, the governmentFULL STORY

Lee sentenced in a ‘Moscow Trial’2017-12-15

By Yu Jie 余杰

Beijing’s verdict in Taiwanese human rights campaigner Lee Ming-che’s (李明哲) case is strongly redolent of the “Moscow Trials” held in the Soviet Union during the 1930s. Between 1936 and 1938, former Communist Party of the Soviet Union (CPSU) general secretary Joseph Stalin orchestrated the Great PurgeFULL STORY

DPP acting against the interests of democracy2017-12-15

By Lin Kien-tsu 林健次

As expected, the legislature has done the Democratic Progressive Party’s (DPP) bidding and “corrected” the Referendum Act (公民投票法) so that it cannot be used to create a “Taiwanese” constitution, change the nation’s name or decide the nation’s future. Complete, open and unlimited referendum rights are aFULL STORY

Trust no one: he risked everything to document
IS atrocities

By Lori Hinnant and Maggie Michael

The historian carried secrets too heavy for one man to bear. He packed his bag with his most treasured possessions before going to bed: the 1 terabyte hard drive with his evidence against the Islamic State (IS) group, an orange notebook half-filled with notes onFULL STORY

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