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August, 31, 2016

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It is heartening to see the nation rally together in light of the Permanent Court of Arbitration (PCA) ruling on the South China Sea.
 
Mandarin Airlines staff threatened on Tuesday to take a "collective vacation" during the upcoming Mid-Autumn Festival in retaliation against failed talks of "equal pay for equal work."
 
That the Permanent Court of Arbitration (PCA) in The Hague would rule against mainland China's claim in the South China Sea in a case brought by the Philippines does not come as a surprise.
 
Last Thursday, a mere 48 hours after coming out with his bombshell press conference that blasted former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton for being "extremely careless" in her handling of emails during her time as the U.S.' top diplomat, FBI director James Comey went before a House committee to explain his decision to not recommend criminal prosecution for "negligence" in endangering national security.
 
Gen. Feng Shih-kuan, minister of national defense, passed the buck to the Coast Guard Administration (CGA) last Thursday when he was asked at a Legislative Yuan Foreign Affairs and National Defense Committee meeting why two 100-ton CGA patrol boats were ordered back to Taiwan from Taiping Island, the largest of the Spratly Islands in the South China Sea.
 
A student protester this week raised eyebrows after she broke an egg and let its content fall onto the head of an education official. The act, intended to insult the official, may have been foolish and controversial, but the issue behind the protest must not be overlooked: labor exploitation in Taiwan's higher education sector.
 
Last month Britain held its Brexit referendum, the result of which shocked the world -- that the UK wants to leave the European Union for good. The majority did what their hearts wanted and went against all logic. Sticking with the EU would have maintained the status quo, ensured economic stability and avoided the current uncertainty that experts and scholars had warned of.
 
Educators have recently expressed concerns about the increasing number of high-income families sending their children to private junior and senior high schools around the country.
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On the whole, last month was a disaster for the working people of Taiwan.
 
The accidental firing of a Hsiung Feng III anti-ship missile by the Navy on July 1 marks one of the darkest hours in Taiwan's military history. In a colossal act of misconduct, the defense forces went beyond failing to protect the nation, actively put it in unnecessary harm that resulted in the death of one of its citizens and the heightening of cross-strait tensions at a highly sensitive time.
 
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