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Chen Shui-bian's presidency saw many an unnecessary referendum called. While a majority of these plebiscites were initiated by the Democratic Progressive Party, the then-opposition Kuomintang (KMT) also contributed a few. None of them passed.
 
Beppe Grillo, the Italian comedian-turned-politician and the founder of the populist Five Star Movement, summed up the ideology behind the global rise of anti-establishment movements with his message for the "No" campaign of a referendum on constitutional reform in Italy: "Vote with your gut, not with your brain."
 
Last week, U.S. President-elect Donald Trump gushed about his phone call with Pakistan's prime minister. Trump's comments during that call -- calling Pakistan a "fantastic" country full with "fantastic" people that he "would love" to visit as president, even amid bitter U.S.-Pakistan relations -- were widely criticized as a departure from reality.
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Is there a difference between a lawmaker wrestling a colleague to the ground during a legislative session and a protester doing the same to a lawmaker outside the Legislature?
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By the time this editorial goes to press, Taiwan badminton champion Tai Tzu-ying (戴資穎) will have been officially named the world No. 1 female badminton player.
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Tsai Ing-wen's administration has had a tough couple of weeks. Amid growing challenges facing Taiwan, the government has pointedly chosen to prioritize settling scores for political gains rather than empowering the disenfranchised.
 
In 2012, Tsai Ing-wen ran for president promising to immediately hold a "national affairs conference" and build a new consensus on cross-strait relations. She lost the election.
 
The abrupt dissolution of TransAsia Airways last week revealed two things about the government.
 
Over the past few months, Taiwan's sports news has been dominated by a series of disputes between local star athletes and the sports associations they belong to.
 
The government's bid to become the first country in Asia to legalize same-sex marriage has sparked heated debate. But before such a debate can be constructive, the core issues must first be considered.
 
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