According to the World Health Organisation, one in three women worldwide will experience sexual abuse in her lifetime. Thailand is no exception. On any given day in 2013, 87 Thai women and girls fell victim to physical abuse. As a senior public health official put it, that is one person every 15 minutes. Sadly, most of the attackers were the victim's intimate partner, friend, or family member.
Re: “What the TPP pact means for Thailand”, (PostBag, Nov 25). The Trans-Pacific Partnership is in part about trade, but it also directly serves the interests of multinational corporations who seek to benefit from a single regulatory environment to be established among all TPP member nations. It is not only about labour law but most significantly about labelling requirements for food and patent protection for medicines.
It looks like the entertainment news correspondents, who are spending day after day at Ramathibodi Hospital covering the fate of Channel 3 actor Thrisadee "Por" Sahawong, whose life is now hanging by a thread due to severe dengue haemorrhagic fever, have finally learned how to respect the rights and privacy of the 37-year-old heartthrob.
I did not float any krathong last night. To be more precise, I have not floated any krathong for decades. I cannot remember the last time that I joined in this festival.
Across the world, violence against women and girls remains one of the most serious -- and the most tolerated -- human rights violations, both a cause and a consequence of gender inequality and discrimination.
The government's plan to fast-track infrastructure development projects, especially the city mass-transit system in Bangkok under the public-private partnership (PPP) programme, is more than welcome. These projects are worthy because they will not only boost the country's economy, but also upgrade the quality of life for urban residents.
In 2009, the world's rich countries pledged to mobilise US$100 billion (approximately 3.6 trillion baht) a year by 2020 to help poor countries tackle climate change. Since then, that promise has come to be regarded as a key test of the developed world's resolve to do its part in the fight against global warming.
Our teachers' debt problem is getting so overwhelming it is feared it will affect the quality of education. The total amount of debt owed by teachers to the Government Savings Bank (GSB) and various cooperatives is estimated at 1.2 trillion baht.
Headlines in Nairobi call him the "Pope of Hope". Because of him, Kenyans say they are more enthusiastic about going to church, praying regularly and treating others kindly. They want him to preach about corruption, living in peace and governing fairly.
Has Vladimir Putin finally overreached? The Russian president is confronting several simultaneous crises. Over the weekend, Ukrainian activists blew up high-voltage transmission towers and cut off electricity supplies to Russian-held Crimea. In St Petersburg, his home city, on Tuesday a column of 600 heavy trucks was crawling toward the city government building to protest tolls on Russian roads (a son of a close friend of Mr Putin has a financial interest in the system). And on the Turkey-Syria border, the Turkish air force downed a Russian bomber.
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