This week we bring you what is happening in Taiwan post-elections: student activist leader Chen Wei-ting (陳為廷) announces he is running for parliament in his native Miaoli County; scholars and politicians call for constitutional reforms; India and its climate change challenges, and civil unrest in the United States after a series of racially-charged cases of deaths by police.

  • Student activist and Sunflower Movement leader Chen Wei-ting has announced on Tuesday that he will run as an independent in next year’s by-elections for one of Miaoli’s legislator seats…
  • After the dramatic local elections last week, political opinionmakers from both the KMT and DPP sides are turning their attention to the issue of constitutional reform and systems of governance…(see here)
  • Following the US and China’s announcement a month ago to lower greenhouse gas emissions, the world now looks to India, the world’s third biggest emitter, for its reduction plans in this year’s UN Climate Change Conference in Lima, Peru, taking place this week…
  • The nationwide protests prompted by the controversial death of Eric Garner continued into its fifth day over the weekend, as angry protesters shut down freeways, held “die-ins” and chanting the iconic slogan “I can’t breathe” during the process. Garner was allegedly choked to death by police officers in New York during what many believe is a case of racial profiling by the police. Garner was African American…

(Feature photo of Chen Wei-ting, by Gina Mao)

 

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