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    Thailand at forefront of push for LGBTI inclusion

    News, Published on 16/11/2018

    » Thailand could become the first government in Southeast Asia to officially recognise same-sex and transgender couples, with the final draft of a civil partnership bill expected to be concluded by the end of this year.


    Boost young boxers' safety

    News, Editorial, Published on 16/11/2018

    » The tragic death of a young boxer has triggered a widespread debate about the national sport and children's involvement in it.


    Make Muay Thai safer for our youth

    News, Published on 16/11/2018

    » As a supporter of youth empowerment and safe sport participation, Unesco is saddened by the death of 13-year-old Muay Thai (Thai boxing) fighter Anucha Thasako. Despite the efforts of the medical team at Samutprakan Hospital, Anucha died after he was knocked out in a Muay Thai ring in Thailand's Samut Prakan province last Saturday. His death is both a personal tragedy and also adds urgency to the campaign for safeguarding youth in all sports.


    Asean chairmanship has many limitations

    News, Thitinan Pongsudhirak, Published on 16/11/2018

    » Just as all politics is ultimately local, all regionalism is mostly domestic. Such is the case with Asean. Whichever of the 10 member states chairs Asean, its role and performance tends to be domestically rooted. To envision and drive Asean forward requires deft leadership, bold ideas and smart diplomacy that must extend beyond and transcend parochial domestic concerns. No Asean member has shown this sort of farsighted regionalist ambition in recent years. Thailand appears on course to be no different when it chairs Asia's most durable organisation next year.


    Merkel tries not to go out with a bang

    News, Leonid Bershidsky, Published on 16/11/2018

    » It could have been a call for decisive action by a leader no longer tethered by domestic politics. But German Chancellor Angela Merkel's appearance at the European Parliament on Tuesday was nothing of the sort: Ms Merkel unbound is the same cautious, gradualist Merkel.


    Pipe dreams of Venice in a sodden city

    News, Sirinya Wattanasukchai, Published on 15/11/2018

    » Bangkok can't really seem to get over having had in days long past the nickname of "The Venice of the East". Last week, some state agencies said they had the lofty goal of reclaiming this moniker by developing or reviving several waterways.


    Salt, sugar, grey hair a perfect health storm

    News, Wichit Chantanusornsiri, Published on 15/11/2018

    » A changing diet in past decades has seen Thai people grow accustomed to consuming too much sugar and salt, negatively impacting their health. This has led to more cases of non-communicable diseases (NCD), heart problems, high-blood pressure and diabetes in state hospitals, which is placing a heavy burden on government spending.


    NCPO job not to teach voters

    News, Editorial, Published on 15/11/2018

    » As the general election draws nearer, the military regime is right about one thing -- a seeming lack of understanding about the new poll system among the electorate. However, the regime has assigned itself the wrong task in trying to raise people's awareness.


    For election hackers, a new, more dangerous tool

    News, Published on 15/11/2018

    » The election interference tactics originally deployed by Russia against the United States and Europe are now global. Hackers across the democratic world have exploited weaknesses in campaign email servers; probed electronic voting machines for vulnerabilities; set up troll farms to spread highly-partisan narratives; and employed armies of bots to distort the truth online. Tech experts in countries such as Iran and Venezuela have borrowed these tactics and joined efforts toward the same goals: to erode confidence in electoral processes and in democratic governance itself.


    Xi, not Trump is the true cold warrior

    News, Michael Schuman, Published on 15/11/2018

    » The US-China trade war is looking more and more like a cold war. President Donald Trump's tariffs, crackdown on alleged Chinese theft of American technology, and rhetoric have overturned decades of US foreign policy that had prioritised cooperation. Meanwhile, his counterpart Xi Jinping hasn't budged on any concessions. China experts worry that relations between the world's two most important countries have reached a turning point.

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