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  • OPINION

    Better safe than sorry

    Asia focus, Tanyatorn Tongwaranan, Published on 10/06/2019

    » Dating websites and applications have profoundly changed the way couples meet and interact. Traditionally, we were more likely to date people who lived in the same community or shared the same interests, or people linked to our group of friends.

  • LIFESTYLE

    Ruling on rape

    Life, Melalin Mahavongtrakul, Published on 10/06/2019

    » Rape always brings with it devastation -- to the victims, their families and even the public that learns of such crimes. The condemnation is loud, a cry for harsh punishment up to the penalty of death -- a solution many believe can put an end to rape.

  • LIFESTYLE

    Painting the way forward

    Life, Published on 10/06/2019

    » Recent months have seen positive strides in LGBTI rights across Asia-Pacific. There has been incremental progress toward civil unions in Thailand, while Taiwan (China) made history last month by legalising same-sex marriage, and late last year India rescinded colonial-era laws criminalising homosexuality in a major human-rights victory. There are still countries in the region, however, where LGBTI rights are under threat because of retrograde laws and worsening discrimination.

  • LIFESTYLE

    Some cause for celebration

    Life, Melalin Mahavongtrakul, Published on 27/05/2019

    » The LGBTI community has much to cheer this month, even in Thailand's much-maligned new parliament

  • BUSINESS

    Going the distance with family planning

    Asia focus, Published on 20/05/2019

    » Indonesia, home to 264 million people, is the world's fourth-most populous country. Its capital, Jakarta, is by some definitions the second-most populous urban area on Earth. For the sake of its long-term economic and social health, ending population growth should be a priority. As Indonesian President Joko Widodo acknowledged in 2016, "Family planning is key for the success of future generations."

  • LIFESTYLE

    Into the light

    Life, Melalin Mahavongtrakul, Published on 19/04/2019

    » Transgender drag queen Angele Anang lowered to the floor as she was pushed around and thrown away by a group of masked men. Her wig was removed. Nude, she crawled to her father, who was sitting nearby. He put a white flowing dress on her, crying as he did so. Angele, then bald and in white, went back to fight the masked men, over whom she proudly triumphed.

  • NEWS

    S. Korea charter court to rule on abortion ban

    AFP, Published on 11/04/2019

    » SEOUL: South Korea's constitutional court is to rule Thursday on the legality of a decades-old abortion ban that campaigners say endangers women, in what could be a historic decision.

  • LEARNING

    Let's talk about sex

    Gary Boyle, Published on 15/02/2019

    » The controversy over Netflix's Sex Education continues

  • NEWS

    Bad education?

    Life, Melalin Mahavongtrakul, Published on 11/02/2019

    » Sex is rarely a topic we discuss freely in Thailand. Shunned in our conservative culture, sex -- as a topic of discussion -- is received with either embarrassment, shame or laughter, not to be taken seriously or with a straight face.

  • NEWS

    40 years in the making: Five lives changed by China's reforms

    AFP, Published on 14/12/2018

    » BEIJING - China's "reform and opening up" policy brought monumental changes to society in the world's most populous country since its launch 40 years ago under late paramount leader Deng Xiaoping.

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