This week we look at a chemical plant in Tainan ‪and ‎Formosan‬ leopard cats in Miaoli; social civil unrest around the world including the Intestine Forums, incidents in Wenzhou ‪China‬, and in ‪Ukraine‬; two left-wing leanin Taiwanese independent newspapers have stopped publishing; and a new marriage law in ‪Iraq‬ that focuses attention on women’s rights.

  • At least three thousand residents from Greater Tainan gathered last Friday to voice concern against a new pesticide plant which could cause potential pollution in the region, and in Miaoli, a proposed new local highway has been put on hold as its proposal failed environmental impact review on Wednesday…
  • the Intestine Forums, these pop-up street gatherings around the country featured people taking turns going on stage to express their mind, with no censorship for content or for etiquette. While the youth in Taiwan exercised their freedom of speech, across the Strait in China, a few more cases of social unrest were reported…
  • The Lihpao Daily and Pots Weekly, two Taiwanese independent newspapers, have stopped publishing…
  • Unrest has continued in Ukraine, where  pro-Russian demonstrators in the eastern cities of Donetsk, Luhansk and Kharkiv stormed and occupied government buildings…
  • A new marriage law in Iraq would make sweeping changes to the rights of women in that country, including allowing for girls as young as 9 years old to be married…

(Feature photo of Tainan, Taiwan, by Alex Nien-Yi Ho)

 

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