In the Debrief this week, we wrap up some continuing stories from the Sunflower Movement, but then take a turn to look at UN’s climate change report and contraception in the Philippines. Finally, a sex party on a train in Taiwan sparks legal debate over privacy and moral norms:

  • On Thursday, April 10, student protesters that have been occupying Taiwan’s parliament vacated the premises, ending a three and a half week demonstration over the Cross Straits Services Trade Agreement…
  • Levels of atmospheric carbon dioxide have risen twice as fast from 2000 to 2010 than they did in the 1990s, due to a boom in coal plants in developing countries, especially China, while developed countries are slow to cut carbon emissions…
  • In 2012, Philippines president Benigno Aquino signed into law a bill providing for access to contraception and family planning. The legislation enables government health centers to distribute free condoms and contraceptive pills and have sex education taught in schools without fear of prosecution…
  • Two years ago, a man in Taiwanorganized a private sex party in a rented suite on a train. The sex party involved an underaged 17 year old girl, and 18 men who paid a small admissions fee…

(Featured image by Jonathan Kos-Read, CC BY-ND 2.0)

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