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2021/10/23 | TNL Staff

Chen Po-Wei Ousted in Recall Election

Chen, a pro-independence legislator, lost his campaign by fewer than 5,000 votes out of more than 150,000 cast.

2021/04/12 | Nicholas Haggerty

Roy Ngerng Against the Prime Minister

Ngerng’s case recalls the traditional battle lines in the struggle for free speech, a heroic picture of a dissenter against the state, whose cause is grounded in a vision of a just society.

2021/11/18 | Roy Ngerng

Taiwan’s Minimum Wage Is Not Catching Up With Consumer Prices

Taiwan’s workers need to be aware that it is not the increases in wages that are causing prices to rise. Businesses are increasing prices whether wages increase.

2021/05/28 | Tyler Prochazka

Why Taiwan Should Pay People To Stay Home

To ensure everyone in Taiwan is financially protected from the economic harm of Covid-19 and the semi-lockdown, we advocate for an unconditional payment of NT$15,000 for adults and NT$5,000 for dependents.

2021/04/20 | Bart Dashorst

Taiwan’s Unsuccessful Transformation

Are Taiwanese nationalism and democratization to blame for a lackluster economy? This is the main argument of Chu Wan-wen’s ‘Taiwan’s Unsuccessful Transformation: Democratization and Economic Development’.

2021/05/05 | Roy Ngerng

Taiwan’s Economy Is Growing Fast. Workers Still Await Their Share.

While Taiwan’s GDP per capita is escalating, wages have remained stagnant. It doesn’t have to be this way.

2021/02/03 | Dr. Bonny Ling

The EU-China Investment Agreement Is a Missed Opportunity To Advance Business and Human Rights

There should be no illusion that the EU or China concerned themselves with improving fundamental rights at work and human rights.

2021/04/15 | Rath Wang

Beside the Biden Taiwan Delegation, a New Bill to Match

A new draft legislation alongside the delegation of former U.S. government officials is yet another sign of continuity and warming of Taiwan-U.S. relations.

2021/04/09 | Bryan Chou

‘The Power Of the People Will Prevail’: The Activist Building Taiwan-Myanmar Solidarity

“As an overseas Myanmar person, all I can do is to get the voices from Myanmar heard, noticed, and have foreigners come together to help my country,” Thomas Chen said.

2021/04/28 | Brian Hioe

KMT Divided Over God-Status of Founder Sun Yat-sen

A KMT central standing committee member said Sun Yat-sen was deified after death. Other KMT politicians don't think so.

2021/04/15 | Jenny Li

Can US-China Competition Be an Impetus for Taiwan To Build a Secure and Moral Economy?

Taiwan must not be preoccupied with the potential bounty to come from US-China competition, but rather concentrate on reforms that will make it resilient against the vicissitudes of world politics.

2021/11/10 | Roy Ngerng

Business Groups Are Campaigning Against Taiwan’s Minimum Wage Increase. Don’t Let Them Succeed.

There’s been a campaign waged by business groups against a minimum wage hike in Taiwan. Don’t fall for what they’re saying.

2021/05/11 | Dr. Bonny Ling

A Watershed for Human Rights in Taiwan’s Fishery Sector

The labor abuses and exploitation in Taiwan’s fishing fleet were recently the subject of recommendations by the government’s oversight body. Much remains to be seen, but this could be a watershed in the protection of migrant rights in Taiwan.

2021/06/11 | Brian Hioe

The KMT’s Twitter is a Dumpster Fire

Taiwan’s main opposition party, the KMT, accused Singaporean dissident Roy Ngerng of being an “extreme white supremacist” on Twitter. Patently false and absurd as it is, the charge adheres to the logic of a moribund institution.

2021/03/29 | Voice of America

Myanmar Communities in Taiwan Protest Military Coup After ‘Deadliest Day’

Gathered at Taipei’s Liberty Square, demonstrators sat for hours singing songs, holding anti-coup posters, and waving the Myanmar national flag.

2021/04/01 | Voice of America

BBC Journalist Leaves China Over Concerns for His Safety

John Sudworth’s move to Taiwan comes amid China’s criticism of BBC’s domestic news coverage.