Politics

Taiwan: Schrödinger’s State

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Taiwan’s President, Tsai Ing-wen, rejected China’s offer to unify the island with the mainland under a “one country, two systems” regime. Instead, the President vowed to defend Taiwan’s sovereignty and safeguard its democracy.    One country, two systems means that while there is one China, different regions such as Hong Kong and Macau can maintain administrative and economic systems of their own. [...]
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Singapore Expresses Jealousy of Proper Dictatorships

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Singapore is leading the charge against fake news, with a new anti-fake news law that went into effect on Wednesday.    Anyone—or any company or organisation—that puts out "false statements of fact" that are judged to be "prejudicial" against the national security or "public tranquillity" of Singapore or its relations with other countries - could face serious consequences.   Perhaps the law—which [...]
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Oops, He Did It Again

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Every three days or so, Twitter blows up, and every newspaper editor can head home as the first, second and third page can be filled with the same thing: Trump did something unheard of.   Today is no different.   Not only did he speak in mostly full sentences in the English language, he supposedly pressured a foreign leader to investigate his [...]
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Society

Google Embraces Its Dark Side

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Google's done with not being evil. Its parent company, Alphabet, recently dropped its "don't be evil" motto and new discoveries are showing the extent of Google's dark side.   It turns out, Google has been giving mountains of money to climate change denying organisations.   Those include ones that led to the US exiting the Paris Climate Treaty, others linked to the Koch brothers and [...]
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Facebook’s ‘New’ Misinformation Policy: If You Have The Cash, It’s Green for Us

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When it comes to telling the truth, Donald Trump makes even Richard Nixon look like a choirboy and Watergate like a minor stalking incident. Sure, when you wake up in the morning there’s no knowing through what insult he’ll mess up America, or the world, that day.   If Trump’s personal thoughts are misleading, his campaign adverts are no better. Fact-checkers must [...]
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Russia and China to Ban “Illegal Content”

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Russia and China have been getting bad press lately. And before lately, and probably even before then.    Concentration camps, locking up protesters, meddling in elections and making sure America becomes a tacky hotel for disaster capitalists hasn’t helped their reputation. But, the two countries intend to sign a ‘cooperation treaty’ to combat illegal content on the internet to make all this [...]
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Columns

Swedish Center Party Cuts to the Point

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The Swedish Center Party voted overwhelmingly to ban non-medical circumcision of boys. Even though the party is not in government, and commands around 8% of the votes, the party claims they will fight to get it through parliament.    It isn’t the first time non-medical circumcision and Swedish rationality have butted heads.    The debate first started in 1966, when four boys [...]
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What’s in a Name?

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South Korean men are currently fighting against feminism. According to CNN, a group of 'angry young men' is hoping to restore true gender equality and justice for men who are currently being left behind.    The movement in question argues that feminism is no longer about gender equality, but that it is gender discrimination, violent and hateful.    These antifeminists come only a few [...]
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Royally Confusing

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Meghan Markle and Prince Harry have come under fire in Britain as they apparently can’t relate to people.    Although they claim that they want to save the planet from climate doom, they flew to Ibiza privately this summer which resulted in them being named the least popular royal couple.    While this does look clumsy and is most definitely hypocritical, isn’t [...]
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