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    Vietnam's star rises, as does one of its leaders

    News, Kavi Chongkittavorn, Published on 16/10/2018

    » At the outset, three important characteristics of Vietnam must be recognised.

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    Buyers can help force fishing pact

    News, Published on 16/10/2018

    » Many people around the world have been horrified by reports of human rights abuses in the seafood industry. A 2014 article in The Guardian sounded alarm bells that all seafood purchasers large and small should answer. But the issue of slavery in the seafood supply chain is larger and more complex than consumers or even companies can tackle alone. Large multinational companies have had to band together to form the Seafood Taskforce, and yet government action is still needed.

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    UN tramples its own ideals

    News, Editorial, Published on 16/10/2018

    » The UN General Assembly has once again openly mocked some of the major principles it purports to champion. It has elected several of the world's worst human rights violators as full members of its Human Rights Commission. In the process, it employed a questionable procedure in which there was no competition. Member countries of the UNGA were presented with 18 candidate-nations for 18 pending vacancies on the UNHRC. In the event, as usual in such UN processes, none of the candidates failed to gain a majority vote, so the 48-member UNHRC will at least have all its seats filled when it meets in Geneva next year.

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    Disasters discriminate. Disaster response should not

    Asia focus, Published on 15/10/2018

    » When landslides devastated parts of Khatlon province in Tajikistan in early 2009, the village of Baldzhuvan was better prepared than most. Bibi Rahimova, a local community organiser, had spent years alerting people to the dangers of living beneath unstable terrain. When the hillside finally gave way, all of Baldzhuvan's 35 households were evacuated safely, and no lives were lost.

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    Ending the war against women

    Asia focus, Tanyatorn Tongwaranan, Published on 15/10/2018

    » Two exceptionally brave individuals, Nadia Murad and Denis Mukwege, have received this year's Nobel Peace Prize for their efforts to end rape as a weapon of war. Their courage and persistence deserve to be applauded.

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    Teach your children well

    Life, Melalin Mahavongtrakul, Published on 15/10/2018

    » What would you do if you find out your children were hurting others? Or kicking the helpless? Or pulling hair? And the victim was crying while your children were laughing?

  • News & article

    Hunting case shows law of the jungle applies

    News, Paritta Wangkiat, Published on 15/10/2018

    » After I learned about the arrest of 12 suspects for allegedly poaching an Asian bearcat in Sai Yok National Park last week, I can't help but wonder why wildlife hunting persists in Thailand, where so many people love to cite compassion in accordance with Buddhist belief. The first precept for Buddhists requires that we refrain from killing.

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    Malaysia right over Uighurs

    News, Editorial, Published on 15/10/2018

    » Malaysia has made a bold move in the continuing conundrum over the fate of refugees and illegal migrants. Last week, the Kuala Lumpur government spurned both the soft requests of Thailand and the harsh demands of China and sent 11 Chinese Uighur refugees to Turkey. The decision to free the 11 was unexpected. The new Malaysian government under Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad was caught between a diplomatic rock and humanitarian hard place and took the more popular way out.

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    The quest for equity in Thai university rankings

    News, Peerasit Kamnuansilpa, Published on 15/10/2018

    » In his recent article, "Rankings not be-all, end-all for Thai unis", Mike Hayes astutely addressed the problems in the international university ranking systems vis-à-vis Thai universities, and there is little point in rehashing the faults he correctly brought to light. In his final paragraph, however, he offered an alternative ranking system that would incorporate official rankings but seems to be far more applicable to Thailand by incorporating Thai universities' contribution to local communities, national development and a democratic society.

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    Politics of confrontation heats up

    News, John Lloyd, Published on 15/10/2018

    » The next president of Brazil, Latin America's giant, is all but certain to be former army captain Jair Bolsonaro -- who was relatively unknown, even in his own country, just a few months ago, but who now has a large public profile all round the world. At 63, he has spent years in public life, leaving a mark -- but not a large one -- as a man of the far right, ready with insults for women who oppose him, disgusted by homosexuality, approving of the military dictatorship that killed and tortured leftists between 1964 and 1985.

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