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Thailand legalises early abortions; pro-choice groups want more

Zsombor Peter, Aljazeera – 9 February 2021 Until now in Thailand, women were only permitted to have an abortion if the pregnancy was a result of rape or posed serious mental or physical risk to either the mother or the baby. This law makes Thailand one of the most progressive states in the region considering…

Thailand’s monarchy must learn to coexist with democracy

Panarat Anamwathana, Nikkei Asia – 3 February 2021 In this article on Nikkei Asia, Anamwathana presents an analogy of a historical battle to explain the dispute between Thailand’s Monarchy and its citizens over who built the nation, however the author states that both can share a role in this and the monarchy should coexist with…

Thai protesters angry at royal insults law and want monarchy reform

BusinessDay – 10 February 2021 Protests in Thailand originally planned for showing solidarity with the pro-democracy movement in Myanmar turned into a show of opposition against the country’s lese-majesty law as protestors called for a reform of the monarchy. This article in BusinessDay describes the scenes in Bangkok as the youth-led protests were met with…

UN rights experts alarmed by rise in use of lèse-majesté laws in Thailand

UN News – 8 February 2021 Thailand’s fragile democracy has been further tested with their controversial lese-majeste law. This law prohibiting citizens from insulting the country’s royal family has been condemned worldwide, however a stark rise in its usage has caused the UN to express concern over its restriction of freedom of speech in the…

Thai hotel groups urge scrapping of quarantine rules for vaccinated tourists

John Reed, Financial Times – 24 January 2021 For a country so reliant on tourism, Covid-19 has been disastrous for Thailand’s economy. Boats marooned, pubs and restaurants shut and tuk tuks parked, the country is eager to get tourists back in and quarantine-free travel for those already vaccinated could be the start. This article on…

Thailand, a paradise for digital nomads

France24, Wassim Cornet – 5 February 2021 Covid-19 has revolutionised the working environment, with much of the global population now working remotely from home. This is convenient for many of us, however now imagine your ‘home’ is Koh Phangan, Thailand. This is reality for these digital nomads that have taken their digital work overseas. Watch…

We need to talk about China

Patrizia Zambrin – 7 February 2020 When I started my journey into Chinese Studies in the 1980s, China, or the ‘Middle Kingdom’ was opening up to the rest of the world under the leadership of Deng Xiaoping and his pragmatic approach to modernisation. In those heady days, we foreign students in Beijing were attracting curiosity…

Reskilling China: Transforming the world’s largest workforce into lifelong learners

Jonathan Woetzel, Jeongmin Seong, Nick Leung, Joe Ngai, Li-Kai Chen, Vera Tang, Shivin Agarwal, and Bo Wang, McKinsey Global Institute Report – 12 January 2021 Three decades of educational reform in China have churned out a dedicated and hardworking workforce suited for an industrial economy, however now the country needs to educate its citizens to work towards a…

One lesson the U.S. can learn from China to improve its competitiveness in technology development

Joseph Kannarkat and Norman Augustine, Brookings – 19 January 2021 China’s success story since its economic reforms has been characterised by high levels of technological development and innovation, a prominent example being its world-class high-speed railway. This article in Brookings explains why the U.S., currently stagnating in its global competitiveness, should take lessons from China’s…