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April 24, 2017

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Last Friday, the United States Congress released its 2016 "Country Reports on Human Rights Practices," in which it identified caregivers and foreign crew members on long-haul fishing vessels as Taiwan's biggest human rights challenge.
With U.S. President Donald Trump accusing his predecessor Barack Obama of wiretapping his campaign last year without providing any evidence, the issue of big, unverified accusations is again being discussed.
It's most important for a head of state to know when his or her time is over. But many of Taiwan's former presidents are unwilling to remain out of the limelight they used to enjoy.
The brutal murder of a young model last week shocked the nation. Police arrested a 24-year-old man surnamed Cheng and his 22-year-old girlfriend surnamed Liang over the model's murder.
In the 2012 U.S. presidential election, Republican candidate Mitt Romney called Russia America's "number one geopolitical foe." Four years later, the same party picked a nominee with exceptionally kind views of Russia and its president, Vladimir Putin.
Police officers from across the country have been hunting down those who sabotaged Chiang Kai-shek statues in the past week. Such incidents have been reported in Taipei, Tainan, Kaohsiung, and even the rural Shoufeng Township in Hualien County.
Tuesday marked the 70th anniversary of the Feb. 28 massacre in Taiwan, where thousands were killed and many were imprisoned after the Nationalist government put down an island wide uprising against its rule in 1947.
One well-known quote, whose authorship is oft disputed, is: "If you are not a Communist at 20, you have no heart. If you are still a Communist at 35, you have no heart." This may well sum up the attitude of young people in Taiwan used to have toward Chinese unification: Radical youth giving way to the wisdom of age.
In support of truth
In normal times, the truth does not need any support. It is self-evident and universal. These are, however, not normal times.
The Oscars, Hollywood's biggest night, are today. While the academy has stepped up its game on diversity this year, it still seems to view it as purely a black-and-white matter.
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