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EDITORIAL: Su’s death a wake-up call

Following the suicide last week of Su Chii-cherng (蘇啟誠), director-general of the Taipei Economic and Cultural Office’s Osaka branch, the term “fake news” has gained traction, and the Ministry of the Interior is reportedly considering amending the National Security Act (國家安全法) to curb the spreadFULL STORY

‘Go nuclear to go green’ irrational

By Jow Hongnian 卓鴻年

Former president Ma Ying-jeou (馬英九), former premier Jiang Yi-huah (江宜樺) and others are promoting a referendum on nuclear power which they have dubbed “Go nuclear to go green.” Last week the proposed referendum petition completed its second stage, having obtained 310,000 signatures, and was deliveredFULL STORY

Melding the everyday and official cultures

By Koeh Ian-lim 郭燕霖

“Language is the soul of a nation” is a well-known saying of Ong Iok-tek (王育德), an influential authority on Hoklo (commonly known as Taiwanese), and one that his granddaughter Aya Kondo quoted in her speech in Hoklo at the Sept. 9 opening of the OngFULL STORY


An ‘obstacle to progress’? Kengchi Goah’s (吳耿志) opinion piece claiming that Chinese was standing in the way of Chinese-speaking people “progressing” as they should, claims that the Chinese “failed to take advantage of a 1,000-year lead,” at least partly because of the “obstacle” of the ChineseFULL STORY

Fear of contagion haunts emerging markets

By Phillip Inman

In the past six months, some of the world’s fastest-growing economies have found themselves flat on the floor, gasping for breath and, in one case, seeking help from the global financial rescue center otherwise known as the IMF. Argentina’s US$50 billion bailout by the Washington-based lenderFULL STORY

Lessons remain unlearned from the Lehman Brothers collapse

Ten years ago, amid a worsening subprime mortgage crisis, the US government did what few have dared: It allowed a major global investment bank, Lehman Brothers Holdings Inc, to file for bankruptcy. Within days, the shock waves crippled the nation’s largest insurer, triggered a runFULL STORY

EDITORIAL: Soft stance on ID cards is misplaced2018-09-18

The government’s response to China’s new residency permit cards for Taiwanese shows that it is taking the issue too lightly and fails to grasp the possible political ramifications. As of Monday last week, 22,000 Taiwanese had applied for the cards, which were launched on Sept. 1,FULL STORY

Deconstructing the Taiwan memes2018-09-18

By Jerome Keating

Nineteenth-Century American journalist Ambrose Bierce was a prolific writer, but he is best known for The Devil’s Dictionary, where with wit and sardonic satire he regularly panned the idiosyncrasies and foibles of the human condition and perspective. Bierce’s humorous work includes such entries at the individualFULL STORY

Hong Kong will not be governed by two ‘lines’2018-09-18

By Kot Chun 葛雋

Early September is when students return to school, and many leaders of Hong Kong’s university student associations touched on the issue of independence in their opening addresses. Hong Kong Chief Executive Carrie Lam (林鄭月娥) fumed, saying that “talk of Hong Kong independence challenges the bottomFULL STORY

[ LETTERS ]2018-09-18

Article full of falsehoods Dear editor, I suppose you have a duty to report all sorts of opinions, but when I started reading Kengchi Goah’s (吳耿志) essay (“Mandarin an obstacle to progress,” Sept. 13, page 8), I thought it was hilarious satire. Then I stopped laughing andFULL STORY

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