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January, 17, 2017

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Editorial
Donald Trump is at it again. He has now applied his habit of speaking off the cuff and letting others pick up the pieces to the "One China" policy -- a cornerstone principle, (whether we like it or not,) that has shaped the so-called status quo across the Taiwan Strait.
 
Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) Legislator Yu Mei-nu promised more than 250,000 marriage equality supporters gathered at Saturday's rally that she would ensure an amendment legalizing same-sex marriage would be sent for a second reading by Dec. 26.
 
With less than four months to go before the opening of the 2017 World Baseball Classic (WBC), Taiwan -- normally considered one of international baseball's powerhouses -- seems in disarray.
 
Should Taiwan keep its ban on "nuke food" from Japan? The answer to this question is definitely "yes" if "nuke food" refers to radiation-contaminated food. But the ongoing controversy over the Japanese food ban is not really about irradiated food.
 
The Legislative Yuan has passed the first reading of an amendment targeting ride-sharing company Uber, raising the maximum fine for the provision of illegal passenger transportation services to a hefty NT$25 million.
 
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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