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  • OPINION

    World must act in climate change fight

    News, Paritta Wangkiat, Published on 17/09/2018

    » The Global Climate Action Summit (GCAS) last week provided a positive outlook for the planet as leaders ranging from business executives, governors and mayors from around the world came together in pledging their commitments for a carbon neutral future.

  • OPINION

    UHC is not a charity for the poor

    News, Paritta Wangkiat, Published on 10/09/2018

    » Just a few days after a Thai Rath journalist reported on the Ministry of Finance's ideas to turn the tax-funded Universal Healthcare Coverage (UHC) into a healthcare programme for the poor, the ministry was quick to announce the report as "false". Such a reaction is no surprise.

  • OPINION

    Govt paying lip service to human rights

    News, Paritta Wangkiat, Published on 27/08/2018

    » At a glance, the drafting of the National Action Plan (NAP) on Business and Human Rights appears to be good news for many.

  • OPINION

    #MeToo movement not quite there yet

    News, Paritta Wangkiat, Published on 20/08/2018

    » For several months, the world has witnessed the rise of the #MeToo Movement, with a number of women coming forward to speak up about their trauma as victims of sexual assault and harassment. In many parts of the world, including India and China, the movement has gone beyond sexual harassment to the call for ending sexism. In particular, women's groups in China lashed out at the state-run media which denied sexual misconduct while in reality it is well known that sexism is still an issue, with some employers specifying "men only" or "men preferred" in job ads.

  • OPINION

    Reckless development sows seeds of disaster

    News, Paritta Wangkiat, Published on 09/08/2018

    » As monsoon rains have struck the Mekong region recently, some countries have been hit hard by flooding. These disasters reflect the fact that the region's development projects have not fully recognised climate change impacts and so lack plans to deal with them.

  • OPINION

    Phuket must face demons, or end is nigh

    News, Paritta Wangkiat, Published on 19/07/2018

    » My condolences to the families of the 47 Chinese holidaymakers who were killed when the diving boat they were on sank in the waters off Phuket in a fierce storm on July 5. It's a massive loss.

  • NEWS

    Strong cities needed

    Spectrum, Paritta Wangkiat, Published on 15/07/2018

    » Bangkok has attracted millions of migrants seeking economic opportunity. They will be forced to handle the impacts of climate change in coming decades.

  • NEWS

    The last sanctuary

    Spectrum, Paritta Wangkiat, Published on 08/07/2018

    » On a lush hill overlooking Da Nang Bay, central Vietnam, red-shanked doucs freely wander in one of their few remaining sanctuaries on Earth. At the Son Tra Nature Reserve, a mountainous peninsula known to American soldiers during the Vietnam War as "Monkey Mountain", sights like a douc couple hanging from a treetop can still be seen.

  • NEWS

    Migrants face changing climate

    Spectrum, Paritta Wangkiat, Published on 01/07/2018

    » The arrival of May once reminded Lin Na that the first rain of the year was on its way. The ground in her small village of Prey Veng province in southern Cambodia would start to soften, dampened by rainfall. This time each year, she would help her family cultivate a two-hectare rice field, the main source of food and income for them throughout the year.

  • OPINION

    Vietnam locals reap little from tourist boom

    News, Paritta Wangkiat, Published on 28/06/2018

    » Scenes of visitors crowding around a dozen local fishermen on a beach to watch them pull their fishing nets out of the water may sound strange but it has become a daily ritual in the tourist-magnet city of Danang, Vietnam, as I found out during a recent trip there.

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