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EDITORIAL: Is the KMT up to the challenge?

It is understandable how the passage of the Act on Promoting Transitional Justice (促進轉型正義條例) on Tuesday last week has made the Chinese Nationalist Party (KMT) very antsy. The enactment, aiming to review and address the legacy of injustices left by the former KMT authoritarian regime fromFULL STORY

Shaping Taiwan’s sustainable future

By Chih-Wei Chen 陳治維

On Dec. 1, UN City in Copenhagen hosted the poster exhibition “17 for 17: Worldwide” in its lobby. The campaign was conceived last year by Chora Connection, a Danish nonprofit organization established in 2015 with the vision of achieving a sustainable and resilient Denmark. FromFULL STORY

Roadblocks to One Belt, One Road

By Lee Po-chih 李博志

During his state visit to Central Asia and Southeast Asia in September and October 2013, Chinese President Xi Jinping (習近平) unveiled the Silk Road Economic Belt and the 21st Century Maritime Silk Road, also known as the Belt and Road (一帶一路) or the One Belt,FULL STORY

Right time to capitalize on artificial intelligence

By Wendy Hall

Artificial intelligence (AI) has been around for a long time as a concept, but there has now been a major surge in the technology’s development, which is likely to see automation continue to escalate and accelerate. The machines being built are so much more powerful thanFULL STORY

The Russians risking all to oppose Vladimir Putin

By Shaun Walker

It has been a rough couple of months for Ksenia Pakhomova, a bright-eyed, garrulous 23-year-old from the Siberian mining town of Kemerovo, Russia. Her boyfriend was kicked out of university, her mother was fired from her teaching job at an arts school and her grandmotherFULL STORY

Mob law could hold the key to Weinstein case

By Colleen Long

The federal anti-racketeering law has been used since the late 1970s to bring down mob bosses. Could it be used to prosecute Harvey Weinstein? Lawyers for six actresses who say they were sexually assaulted by the movie producer on Wednesday filed a lawsuit in New YorkFULL STORY

EDITORIAL: Retail hope in a digital era2017-12-11

What has this year held in store for the nation’s retailers of computer, communication and consumer electronics products? Despite the economy registering higher growth than last year due to strong external demand, these retailers have struggled, due to online competitors and frugal consumers, and theFULL STORY

Human rights are our global ticket2017-12-11

By Kao Yung-cheng 高涌誠

Pope Francis announced that the Vatican is to enter into “high-level talks” with the People’s Republic of China. Whether this would lead to the establishment of diplomatic relations between the two and whether Taiwan’s sovereignty and international status could sustain yet another blow is beingFULL STORY

Demolishing buildings must entail forethought2017-12-11

By Lee Ji-sheng 李基勝

There are several different kinds of illegal structures. They can be divided into structures that violated legal procedure during construction and those that violate building requirements. The first category includes structures for which the location, height, structure, floor area ratio and building coverage ratio meet localFULL STORY

[ LETTER ]2017-12-11

Rise of Taiwan-Japan relations Representative to Japan Frank Hsieh (謝長廷) last month on Facebook shared news about an event in Shizuoka Prefecture’s Shimoda City in Japan. At the event, the city gave Taiwan a fire engine to be used for training purposes. Shimoda Mayor Shunsuke Kusuyama presidedFULL STORY

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