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Watch out for budget graft

Watch out for budget graft

The harsh economic contraction as a result of the stringent lockdown aimed at curbing the spread of the coronavirus made it necessary for the Prayut Chan-o-cha government to inject an enormous sum of money into the economy through loans packages worth 1.9 trillion baht, while another 88 billion baht in the 2020 fiscal budget has been siphoned from state agencies for virus-related emergency needs.

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Domestic drivers of superpower rivalry

Domestic drivers of superpower rivalry

The coronavirus pandemic is fundamentally global but its impact is mainly local because of the international system of state sovereignty, borders and divergent national interests. What is needed to cope with, contain and overcome the pandemic is more international cooperation and coordination. But we are seeing less international efforts to fight the virus together and more self-help where every nation fends for itself. The upshot from this fractured and fragmented international system during Covid-19 is the primacy of domestic determinants of international outcomes. Nowhere is this reality clearer than the competition and confrontation between the United States and China.

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Of plagues, genocides and the coronavirus

Last Sunday in the city of Baltimore, they tore down a statue of Christopher Columbus and threw it into the harbour.

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Domestic drivers of superpower rivalry

The coronavirus pandemic is fundamentally global but its impact is mainly local because of the international system of state sovereignty, borders and divergent national interests. What is needed to cope with, contain and overcome the pandemic is more international cooperation and coordination. But we are seeing less international efforts to fight the virus together and more self-help where every nation fends for itself. The upshot from this fractured and fragmented international system during Covid-19 is the primacy of domestic determinants of international outcomes. Nowhere is this reality clearer than the competition and confrontation between the United States and China.

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Domestic drivers of superpower rivalry
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Watch out for budget graft

The harsh economic contraction as a result of the stringent lockdown aimed at curbing the spread of the coronavirus made it necessary for the Prayut Chan-o-cha government to inject an enormous sum of money into the economy through loans packages worth 1.9 trillion baht, while another 88 billion baht in the 2020 fiscal budget has been siphoned from state agencies for virus-related emergency needs.

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Watch out for budget graft
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Of plagues, genocides and the coronavirus

Last Sunday in the city of Baltimore, they tore down a statue of Christopher Columbus and threw it into the harbour.

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Heroes: Women and the cost of informal care

In Indonesia, heart-breaking stories about healthcare workers who died as a result of Covid-19 started appearing in newspapers within weeks of the first diagnosed cases in the country. Doctors, nurses and other frontline health workers without appropriate protective equipment were falling gravely ill and in far too many cases, dying. Similar stories appeared across many Asean member states.

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Heroes: Women and the cost of informal care
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Hairy situation

Schools are back in session and so is the debate over the student hairstyle. A new batch of pictures of students whose hair got cut or shaved poorly against their will, as a form of punishment, by their teachers has been recently circulated online. We're probably getting another set once the next hair inspection day comes. Last Friday, student activists submitted a petition to the Ministry of Education asking for clarity over the hairstyle rule. You see, the ministry has already allowed students to wear their hair long so long as it's neat and complies with other conditions. However, a few schools still take it upon themselves to cut students' hair that they deem "inappropriate".

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9 Jul 2020

Lack of action guarantees coconut industry ruin

The government and the coconut industry will do or say anything to avoid talking about the abuse of monkeys. Burying their heads in the sand or just plain lying about it isn't going to help the monkeys or the industry.

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Lack of action guarantees coconut industry ruin
9 Jul 2020

Don't waste hard work

The government's mantra of not letting one's guard down will lose its spell if authorities fail to manage the transition to normalcy with utmost care.

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Don't waste hard work
9 Jul 2020

Can Thai unis attract foreign pupils?

A much under-evaluated Covid-19 impact is its consequences on higher education. As teachers quickly moved their lectures to virtual platforms, and students switched to learning from home, the higher education sector promptly slipped off the public radar. While universities have managed to tide over the crisis in the immediate and short-term, many observers have missed the medium and long-term impact of Covid on higher education, particularly international higher education.

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Can Thai unis attract foreign pupils?
8 Jul 2020

Peta's complaint about monkeys isn't totally nuts

When I heard that coconut products from Thailand had been banned from supermarkets in London, as a result of a campaign by People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (Peta), I wasn't surprised. Peta is known to take the welfare of all types of animals seriously.

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8 Jul 2020

Take action on monkey use

Denial alone won't help. To disprove the allegations of monkey abuse in Thailand's coconut business, the Commerce Ministry has no other option but to face up to the matter.

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Take action on monkey use