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September, 27, 2016

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After the Permanent Court of Arbitration in The Hague ruled against China's sovereignty claim in the South China Sea, a person posted a photo of a smashed iPhone on China's microblogging website Weibo with the words, "Remember how passionate young people smashed Japanese cars, Japanese shops and Japanese cameras during the dispute over the Diaoyutais.
 
The recent horrific attack in Nice, France that killed at least 84 people last Thursday night is fresh on our minds, and international media and French President Francois Hollande have referred to it as a terrorist attack.
 
One of the toughest tasks facing President Tsai Ing-wen is how she can fulfill her promise of reforming the pension system.
 
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.
 
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