This week we review our curated stories of Taiwan’s economic controversies in the legislature, student activists visit Europe, and ongoing turmoil in one of Taiwan’s African allies, Burkina Faso.

  • A fierce parliamentary battle between the ruling Chinese National Party (KMT) and the opposition Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) is expected to get underway this week. According to the legislative agenda for the upcoming session of Taiwan’s Legislative Yuan, the KMT will prioritize the controversial Cross-Strait Supervision and Regulation bill, as well as the Free Economic Demonstration Zone legislations…(see here)
  • Prospects remain uncertain for the west African nation of Burkina Faso, as a recent popular uprising led to an alleged military coup. The country’s army announced a newly selected transitional leader, Lieutenant Colonel Isaac Zida, in a statement issued on Sunday…
  • Six months after the student-led Sunflower Movement ended, two of its representatives Wei Yang (魏揚) and Wu Cheng (吳崢) visited London from November 1st to the 3rd. They were invited by Taiwan Corner, a Danish member-based civic organization, to raise awareness in Europe of the pressures and challenges facing Taiwan’s democracy. According to Taiwan Corner’s chairman Michael Danielsen, Wei and Wu’s visit will “give the press, politicians, interested academics and others direct access to this new generation of activists.”…(see here)

(Feature photo of President Blaise Compaoré of Burkina Faso, by the CTBTO on Wikicommons, CC BY 2.0)


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