WATCH: The moment politicians gave up on debate and started throwing chairs

Politicians fight in Taiwanese Parliament (YouTube)
Updated 15 July 2017
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WATCH: The moment politicians gave up on debate and started throwing chairs

The art of debate can sometimes get lost in the heat of the moment, as two Taiwanese politicians displayed recently during a session on infrastructure reform.
Now video footage has been made available that shows just how violent the debate became.
The televised debate erupted into a fight between the two women, who exchanged slaps and tried to strangle each other. But it was fast to spread, with members throwing water balloons at each other, one man can even be seen picking up a chair.
President of the Legislative Yuan, Su Chia-chyuan, called for calm and order, but these pleads appeared to be ignored, leaving Su to simply exclaim: “Everyone is watching,” probably referring to the presence of television cameras.
The protest by KMT was in response to claims that the $14.012 billion reform largely favored cities and counties loyal to the ruling party.


Cuba slightly loosens controls on state media

Updated 21 June 2018
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Cuba slightly loosens controls on state media

HAVANA: Reports in Cuba’s state-run press have long consisted mostly of transcriptions of official Communist Party declarations, but that turgid style appears to be incrementally changing in the wake of Miguel Diaz-Canel becoming president in April.
Cuban journalists said the Political Bureau of the Communist Party, one of the country’s most powerful bodies, recently approved a “New Communication Policy” aimed at giving state media more ability to report news like their colleagues do in other countries.
State journalists say the goal is to compete with the spread of information from alternative online sources. Cuba has one of the world’s lowest rates of Internet use, but access has been expanding rapidly and Cubans who get online can find a nearly unlimited range of non-official media outlets.