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Michael Turton (麥哲恩) is back from vacation, and he and co-host Courtney Donovan Smith (石東文) bring a wide-ranging show. The government responds well to the Wuhan coronavirus, a few comments on the KMT chair race and the Han recall campaign looks like it will have enough signatures to trigger a recall election by Feb 16. The New Taipei City government is making it harder for the government to decommission the Chinshan Nuclear Plant. The information...

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This week Michael Turton (麥哲恩) is on vacation (but still is with us this week with a new article on Report.tw). Courtney Donovan Smith (石東文) is joined by Scott Ellinger (陳鷹), a former US military and AIT official. The recall campaign by Han fans against Kaohsiung NPP city councilor Huang Jie passes signature count to move to stage two, Yu Shyi-kun is the new legislative speaker and Vice President-elect William Lai is going to America...

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This week Michael Turton (麥哲恩) is on vacation (but still is with us this week with a new article on Report.tw), so Courtney Donovan Smith (石東文) is joined by Scott Ellinger (陳鷹), former US military and AIT official. Dragonslayer Jessica Drun took on the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) and the World Health Organization over not providing crucial information to Taiwan due to pressure from China and gets banned from ICAO on Twitter (as was...

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Hosts Michael Turton (麥哲恩) and Courtney Donovan Smith (石東文) tackle the KMT chair race and the many calls for reform of the party, many of which are quite sensible–such as scrapping the 1992 consensus and bringing the party’s China policies in line with mainstream public opinion–but will the party enact them. Only two candidates for chair are in the race, but a bunch are on the sidelines and others are trying to push their favourite...

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The election results are in and hosts Michael Turton (麥哲恩) and Courtney Donovan Smith (石東文) break down what it all means! President Tsai has been re-elected with a record margin, but Han Kuo-yu also crushed the results of Eric Chu in the last election. Han also unified the pan-blue camp, marginalizing the PFP. So, what will this mean for the race for the KMT party chair? Election results pulled up some interesting results for all...

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On this episode, hosts Courtney Donovan Smith (石東文) and Michael Turton (麥哲恩) kick off with more amusing and odd gaffes coming from KMT presidential candidate Han Kuo-yu, and allegations of his buying a house for–and is confirmed to have travelled abroad with–a woman who isn’t his wife. Han reiterates pledge to reform the KMT, and we look into why his support started to wane earlier this year–and not because of Hong Kong as the international...

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This week, hosts Michael Turton (麥哲恩) and Courtney Donovan Smith (石東文) discuss the presidential debate, the future of the KMT, polling and how youth have turned away from the KMT. The “anti-infiltration” bill proposed by the DPP causes concerns, as does the infiltration itself–but it’s a tricky line to balance if freedoms are to be preserved. Socially conservative KMT campaign strategies south of the Zhuoshui River, New Taipei Mayor Hou You-yi is tops in the...

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This week, hosts Courtney Donovan Smith (石東文) and Michael Turton (麥哲恩) delve into the duelling rallies in support of, and calling for the recall of, KMT presidential candidate and Kaohsiung Mayor Han Kuo-yu. Former president says if President Tsai wins re-election she will raise electricity rates. Tsai’s revival in the polls is no surprise as Mike explains, and Donovan goes into where the DPP is concentrating their rallies. The Wayne Chiang/Enoch Wu race in Taipei...

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This is an inaugural, trial run of what may become a several times a week 10 minute report. Unlike an ICRT news report (which we recommend you listen to throughout the day) this is intended to provide context on political and foreign affairs topics, and to provide background information for our longer weekly show Current Affairs Taiwan. Topics covered in this show include popular Youtuber Potter King puts out a video with him flirting with...

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Exciting times, the video has some new graphics and a new look! Our new website Report.tw is up, and being updated daily with politics and foreign affairs news on Taiwan that we’ve curated for you, plus original Quick Takes by Donovan, more content from Michael and more coming. Plus, we’re now at a new podcast home, with new graphics and lots of good stuff at currentaffairstaiwan.buzzsprout.com. This week, hosts Michael Turton (麥哲恩) and Courtney Donovan...