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2016/07/21 | J. Michael Cole

Ex-Convict Calls on ‘Anti-Independence Heroes’ to Firebomb DPP HQ

Tung Nien-tai is known to seek publicity and may be mentally unstable. Police have been alerted.

2016/07/21 | Edward White

Hong Kong Umbrella Leaders Defiant Despite Guilty Verdicts

Hong Kong authorities’ prosecution of three student leaders sends a chilling warning for freedom of expression and peaceful assembly in Hong Kong, Amnesty International says.

2016/07/20 | Edward White

FEATURE: ‘Are We Still Living in a Democracy’? Philippine Opposition Fights Back

President Duterte’s alleged extrajudicial killing spree looks set to be investigated by the Senate, but public sentiment in the Philippines is still overwhelmingly with the new president.

2016/07/20 | Chang Shin-wei

Tsai’s Judicial Reform Starting Off On The Wrong Foot: Huang Cheng-yi

'Tsai is not stopping political power from interfering in the judicial system, but is making it worse.'

2016/07/19 | J. Michael Cole

Taiwan Must Avoid Short-Termism and Think Strategically

With control of both the legislative and executive branches of government, it must be very tempting for the DPP to take bold actions. But there are risks in doing so, and the Tsai administration is well aware of that.

2016/07/19 | Alyaa Azhar

Plantation Link in Murder of Malaysian Opposition Leader

A key person from a plantation company allegedly abetted in the murder of Malaysia's People's Justice Party leader Bill Kayong. Several environmental NGOs based in Sarawak are not surprised.

2016/07/19 | Anna Beth Keim

[ESSAY] You Ask How Deeply I Love You

Kinmen Island, and the past and future of Sino-Taiwanese relations.

2016/07/18 | J. Michael Cole

Beijing Alters Recent History: Says Taipei Suspended Dialogue

China unilaterally suspended cross-strait communication mechanisms late last month after judging that President Tsai had failed to meet Beijing’s expectations.

2016/07/18 | The Japan Times

Getting Japan’s Young Voters to the Ballot Box

Why is voter turnout among Japan’s young so low? Does Germany have the answer?

2016/07/15 | J. Michael Cole

Chinese Communist Youth League Wins: Film Drops Taiwanese Actor from Project

After weeks of pressure online and a threat of boycott by Chinese ultranationalists, a film studio has given in and chose to replace Taiwan’s award-winning actor Leon Dai.

2016/07/15 | Edward White

Hong Kong’s Pro-Independence Politicians Mull 'One China' Pledge

Pro-independence activists planning to stand in the upcoming elections are mulling a controversial new requirement for candidates to sign a declaration that Hong Kong is part of China. Some pro-democracy legislators say they will not sign.

2016/07/14 | Edward White

FEATURE: Freddy Lim on Influencing the DPP, China, Missed Opportunities and Taiwan's Dodgy Media

Freddy Lim, an internationally renowned heavy metal singer and civic activist, is part of a new wave of politicians trying to reshape Taiwanese society. In an interview at his Taipei office, Lim reflects on his time in the Legislative Yuan so far, the pace of reform in Taiwan and the New Power Party’s future prospects.

2016/07/14 | ZiQing Low

Taiwan Gets Closer to Adopting Refugee Bill

The bill states that foreigners and stateless persons displaced by war or natural disasters, or who are forced to leave their country due to differences in religion, race, ethnicity, or political beliefs, can apply for refugee status in Taiwan.

2016/07/14 | ZiQing Low

Human Rights Must be Enshrined in Taiwan's New Southbound Policy: Experts

Rights advocates argue that if Taiwanese businesses continue to use legal loopholes in Southeast Asia, President Tsai's New southbound policy will be no more than a catchword for 'economic colonization.'

2016/07/12 | Hsu Chia-yu

Top Taiwan Diplomat Tipped to Head Tsai’s Pivot South

The career diplomat could be taking over as chairman of the Taiwan External Trade Development Council and lead President Tsai’s New Southbound policy.

2016/07/12 | Suzanne Pepper

Beijing Pushes Back: A Referendum on 8.31?

The electoral reform project in Hong Kong will be revived...with the same Beijing-mandated framework, the same arguments, and the same official players. Only the action plan will be different.

2016/07/12 | Edward White

U.K. Tries to Quell Brexit Fears in Taipei

'If I can reassure you, and get that into your papers and broadcast media, that is what I am seeking to do here.'

2016/07/11 | Edward White

INTERVIEW: Fighting for the Innocent on Death Row in Taiwan

'There are records of the torture – no one can believe it, but it happened, it is very serious.'