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    Time to restore human relations with biodiversity

    Oped, Published on 30/05/2020

    » The Covid-19 pandemic is a deep and lasting shock at global level; we all know that returning to "business as usual" is not an option. It is imperative that we perceive the crisis as an opportunity to rebuild -- and even improve -- livelihoods in a sustainable way. High on the agenda is restoring harmony to humanity's relationship with nature, and particularly with biodiversity.


    'New normal' needs clarity

    Oped, Editorial, Published on 30/05/2020

    » With the latest round of reopenings set for Monday, the time has come for the powers that be to lay out a longer-term roadmap for the future of the country in the post-Covid-19 era.


    Failed 'THAI-land'

    Oped, Postbag, Published on 30/05/2020

    » Re: "THAI Airways a microcosm of Thailand," (Opinion, May 29).


    Is the cost of Covid 'victory' too great?

    Oped, Wasant Techawongtham, Published on 30/05/2020

    » It is probably safe to say that Thailand has emerged victorious in the fight against the novel coronavirus infection with fewer casualties than expected.


    What the virus is telling us about climate change

    Oped, Gwynne Dyer, Published on 29/05/2020

    » Human beings respond well to a crisis that is familiar, especially if it is also imminent. They don't do nearly as well when the threat is unfamiliar and still apparently quite distant. Consider our response to the current coronavirus threat.


    The end of Europe's dream for closer China ties

    Oped, Mark Leonard, Published on 29/05/2020

    » A paradigm shift is taking place in relations between the European Union and China. The Covid-19 crisis has triggered a new debate within Europe about the need for greater supply-chain "diversification", and thus for a managed disengagement from China. That will not be easy, and it won't happen quickly. But, clearly, Europe has abandoned its previous ambition for a more closely integrated bilateral economic relationship with China.


    Seawall plan needs review

    Oped, Editorial, Published on 29/05/2020

    » When civic and pro-democracy elements opposed the extension of the emergency decree for another month, state authorities, especially those from the Centre for Covid-19 Situation Administration (CCSA), tried to calm them down, saying that the draconian law is only meant to control the coronavirus outbreak better.


    Thai Airways a microcosm of Thailand

    Oped, Thitinan Pongsudhirak, Published on 29/05/2020

    » Not so long ago, when air travel was not so commonplace, Thai nationals studying and working abroad could feel like they were half-way home when they saw Thai Airways (THAI) planes on tarmacs around the world. It was a symbolic comfort to know that getting on one of the national flag carrier's aircraft would eventually end up getting them home. As THAI has entered a massive and unprecedented reorganisation plan, the national airline is a microcosm of Thailand itself.


    Abuse of migrants, refugees counterproductive

    Oped, Published on 28/05/2020

    » In April, a survey by the International Organisation for Migration (IOM) found refugees, migrants and stateless persons in Thailand face insufficient income and lack access to proper hygiene, sanitation facilities and information to prevent the spread of Covid-19 within their communities. But arbitrary arrest and the potential of indefinite detention during a time of pandemic poses an even bigger threat to these communities in Thailand, and to Thailand itself.


    We're watching you, Myanmar

    Oped, Published on 28/05/2020

    » The global coronavirus pandemic has understandably dominated the attention of Asia and the entire world in recent months. But the Independent Investigative Mechanism for Myanmar has a message to send: our investigations are open and the virus will not blind us to ongoing crimes.

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