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Clean fighting key to party politics

It is said that a set of broken bowls and plates are hanging on one of the walls in the home of an eminent older Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) member in Yilan. According to the story, during the dangwai (黨外, “outside the party”) era, many of the leaders of what would later become the DPP met in this house to discuss the movement’s direction.

During one discussion, the argument became so heated that the plates and bowls on the table were broken. However, no matter how heated the argument, when the beer came out after the meeting, everyone was happy, and they kissed and made up because they all knew it was nothing personal.

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NTNU students petition to boycott ‘fake news’


A Facebook post by National Taiwan Normal University’s Nylon’s Canteen student group calls on people to change TV stations to avoid fake news and protect freedom.
Screen grab from Nylon’s Canteen’s Facebook page

National Taiwan Normal University (NTNU) students have joined those from National Taiwan University (NTU) and National Chengchi University (NCCU) in calling for a boycott of CtiTV News over what they call its “fake news coverage.”

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DPP needs fair, open, ‘paradigm-setting’ primary: Lai


Former premier William Lai speaks at the launch of his new book in Taipei yesterday.
Photo: Fang Pin-chao, Taipei Times

The Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) needs to hold a fair, open and “paradigm-setting” presidential primary to regain the public’s trust, former premier and presidential hopeful William Lai (賴清德) said yesterday.

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Voting choices key for independence

Where people are today is a combination of every decision they have made in their lives. Food choices yesterday might not have an immediate effect on health or appearance today, but they have a cumulative effect over time. It is the same with voting decisions.

Taipei City Government spokeswoman Huang Ching-yi (黃瀞瑩) said this week on a political talk show that independence and unification is a “pseudo-issue.”

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US senators initiate bill to cement ties


A tweet by US Senator Tom Cotton on Tuesday announces the introduction of the draft Taiwan Assurance Act.
Screengrab from Tom Cotton’s Twitter feed

A group of US senators across party lines on Tuesday introduced a bill that would cement two-way ties with Taiwan and support its international presence, as the Taiwan Relations Act is next month to mark its 40th anniversary.

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Students urge boycott of CtiTV

Students at two of the nation’s top universities are calling for a boycott of CtiTV News (中天新聞) in protest against what they called “biased news coverage.”

A National Taiwan University (NTU) student launched the initiative on the university’s official Facebook page urging the school to ban broadcasts of CtiTV News at all student cafeterias due to its “biased” coverage, adding that students expect to be able to access quality media content on campus.

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Democratic Progressive Party legislators Chen Ou-po, right, and Hsu Chung-hsin hold a press conference in Taipei yesterday, calling on the Ministry of Justice to immediately release former president Chen Shui-bian from prison on medical parole.
Photo: Chen Chih-chu, Taipei Times

Former president Chen Shui-bian (陳水扁) is suffering from various ailments, and it would not be good for him to return to prison, his attending physician told lawmakers yesterday.

Chou Yuan-hua (周元華), a psychiatrist in charge of Chen’s care at Taipei Veterans General Hospital (TVGH), added that it would be better for the former president to be looked after at home or to stay in a hospital that has a psychiatry department near his home.