January 2019

American Support for Taiwan Draws Parallel to Backing of Israel

For organizers in Taiwan, the DPP’s commitment to justice must be questioned alongside any vision of transitional justice that fails to engage with the role of the US in propping up the authoritarian Chiang Kai-shek regime. Likewise, contrary to popular belief, American political support for Taiwan, similar to American support for Israel, is a deeply bipartisan position... Read More

Arrests of Student Activists Involved in the Jasic Struggle in China Continue

Demonstrations by Chinese leftist student activists regarding the Jasic struggle in Shenzhen continue, with the detention of over ten student members of a Marxist Society at Peking University late last month. Another wave of detentions took place earlier this month, with forced confessions extracted by the Chinese government from some of the detained... Read More

Protests in Hong Kong Against New Law Criminalizing “Disrespect” of the Chinese National Anthem

Protests have broken out in Hong Kong over a new law that which would mandate the singing of the Chinese national anthem at official events, such as before sporting events or for the swearing-in ceremonies for lawmakers. The law would also criminalize disrespect to the Chinese national anthem, stipulating maximum penalties of 50,000 HKD, up to three years in prison, and with a three year limit for penalization rather than the usual six months for similar crimes... Read More

Who Will Be The Next Chair of the NPP?

In a surprise turn of events, NPP chair Huang Kuo-chang announced earlier this week that he will not be pursuing reelection for party chair next month. Party heavyweight Freddy Lim has also announced that he is not interested in pursuing the position. Who, then, will be the next chair of the NPP and how will chair elections affect the course of the party as a whole?... Read More