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2018/12/28 | TNL Staff

Thailand Becomes First Southeast Asian Country to Legalize Medical Marijuana

Medical cannabis is being legalized in what the Thai government calls a 'New Year's gift' to the people.

2018/12/27 | New Bloom

OPINION: The Departure of James Mattis Is a Dire Warning for Taiwan

Taiwan should note that the US can no longer be counted on to unconditionally support its allies.

2018/12/26 |

The Upcoming Taipei By-Elections Will Measure Ko Wen-je's Political Power

January's Shilin-Datong city councilor by-election has major 2020 presidential implications for Ko-P and Taiwan's 'White Force.'

2018/12/26 | East Asia Forum

OPINION: Why 2018 Was a Good Year for Taiwan's Democracy

'Despite increasing diplomatic pressure from the CCP, long-term trends remain in favor of Taiwan maintaining its de facto independence.'

2018/12/24 | New Bloom

OPINION: From 2014 Sunflowers to 2018's KMT 'Blue Wave,' the Youth Are Anxious

Last week's student protests at NTU against former Premier Jiang Yi-huah are a snapshot of Taiwan's current political moment.

2018/12/18 | Asia Dialogue

Norway, China and the Deep Hypocrisy of the 'Human Rights Dialogue' Ritual

An October visit by Norway's royal couple – who claimed to have been unaware of Xinjiang's internment camps – checked all the boxes of what has become a ritualized process.

2018/12/14 | The Interpreter

The Role of US Christian Conservatives in Taiwan's LGBT Referendum Defeats

Opponents of same-sex marriage studied a playbook provided by more experienced US church groups in how to counter pro-LGBT rights activism.

2018/12/13 | East Asia Forum

Meet Singapore's Next Leader, Finance Minister Heng Swee Keat

The re-emergence of Heng Swee Keat as successor to Lee Hsien Loong as Singapore's leader could be viewed as a stopgap to the rise of Lee's son, Li Hongyi.