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    Posted on: 2017-01-01 (台灣) 出版

See Taiwan as a normal nation; that is its future

By Michael Danielsen, chairman of Taiwan Corner First published in Taipei Time on December 17, 2016 Taiwan’s domestic politics are getting more trivial as seen from the outside. This is good news and it reveals that Taiwan is becoming a normal nation in many aspects. Taiwan’s domestic politics are concerned with topics as in other nations, including same-sex marriage, pension reforms and … [Read more...]

    Posted on: 2016-05-15 (台灣) 出版

Politicizing European civil society on Taiwan

Improving Taiwan’s future requires politicizing of European society about Taiwan’s political situation. Taiwan need alliances between politicians and European citizens that can add new dimensions on how to work for Taiwan’s future. People cannot expect that from the established political system. Politicizing means engagement in meaningful and open debate directly with European citizens about … [Read more...]

    Posted on: 2015-08-02 (台灣) 出版

Modern values of transparency and democratic development are on its way

The recent tragic suicide of a 19 years old high-school student and the arrests of young people following the latest protests are deeply worrying, and the kind of events that Taiwan would have been a better place without. Almost on daily basis, the reasons why KMT is not capable of running a modern Taiwanese society become ever more clear. Political developments over the past few years provide … [Read more...]

    Posted on: 2015-08-02 (台灣) 出版

Black Box Brainwashing Curriculum Must Go

Students insist that the black box brainwashing curriculum be canceled, because the curriculum adjustments are illegal and violate procedural justice. First of all, the curriculum modifications are unprecedented and the textbook review and approval team has no legal basis to go beyond its function of merely checking terms in textbooks. This runs counter to the formulation procedure used previously … [Read more...]

    Posted on: 2015-08-01 (台灣) 出版

When freedoms disturb EU trade

EU prefers not to talk too much about the deterioration in Taiwan’s democracy with Taiwan because it is disturbing the trade. EU’s report on human rights and democracy leaves the impression that capital punishment is the only challenge in Taiwan’s human rights situation and recent democratic development. However, there is a change among European politicians to look more broadly at Taiwan’s … [Read more...]

    Posted on: 2015-04-26 (台灣) 出版

The Sunflower Movement: One Year On

No social movements have reached such dramatic proportions as the Sunflower Movement. From March 18 to April 10, 2014, the nation’s parliament was occupied by a group of activists and students, essentially grinding the parliamentary body to halt. The movement was not merely a form of disobedience, but a strategic contestation, that decisively challenged the status quo in Taiwan. By Brian … [Read more...]

    Posted on: 2015-01-31 (台灣) 出版

Factors for DPP Cross-Strait Policy in the 2014 Elections Aftermath

The 2014 elections mostly expressed the public distrust of the KMT and cannot be taken as direct endorsement of DPP policy.  Although the DPP’s position on cross-strait relations will not run counter to its tenets nor the direction of civil society, there is still room to maneuver when it comes to policy and practice. This narrow course must be negotiated between the expectations of the Taiwanese … [Read more...]

    Posted on: 2015-01-31 (台灣) 出版

Don’t blame Taiwan for cross-strait challenges

The fundamental question is: Why should Taiwan’s political future be based on historical events that bear no relevance to modern society? The nation must acknowledge its history, but formulate policies that are based on the present and the future, not chained to the past. Many politicians appear blinded by historical baggage that keeps them from seeing necessary compromises that benefit the … [Read more...]

    Posted on: 2015-01-11 (台灣) 出版

Aerotropolis – DPP lets construction-industrial state win one

The Aerotropolis around Taoyuan is the largest land expropriation in the democratic era. Stopping that aerotropolis is a key to the DPP's remaining a serious party in Taiwan. It can't just pretend to be the party of social justice and economic development for ordinary people. It actually has to be one. If Cheng flips on this, it will cost the DPP Taoyuan in 2018 and hurt its chances in the … [Read more...]