Backflip on Thailand TPP membership talks

Backflip on Thailand TPP membership talks

In an apparent backflip on a proposed Thailand TPP membership application Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra said on Saturday that she will not be discussing an application to join the controversial Trans Pacific Partnership (TPP) trade pact with US President Barack Obama when he visits the country on Sunday. Last Monday the Thai cabinet agreed to […]

Thailand’s TPP application threatens to overshadow Presidential visit

Thailand’s TPP application threatens to overshadow Presidential visit

Bangkok is abuzz at the imminent visit of freshly re-elected US President Barack Obama on a whirlwind three-nation tour to shore up US support in the region, however trade discussions threaten to overshadow the stated purpose of the visit, a courtesy call to mark 180 years of Thai-US relations. While details such as the number […]

Someone is harassing MSF in Rakhine State Myanmar, but it’s a secret who

Someone is harassing MSF in Rakhine State Myanmar, but it’s a secret who

When it comes to bizarre media releases it’s hard to go past one issued today by international humanitarian organisation M√©decins Sans Fronti√®res (MSF), breathlessly titled MSF prevented from reaching most communities affected by violence in Rakhine State (formerly Arakan State), western Myanmar. The press release, issued by MSF Bangkok, states: “As MSF medical teams work […]

Médecins Sans Frontières protest places Hmong refugees in Thailand at risk of humanitarian crisis

Médecins Sans Frontières protest places Hmong refugees in Thailand at risk of humanitarian crisis

M√©decins Sans Fronti√®res (MSF), or Doctors without Borders as they are otherwise known, runs the risk of creating a humanitarian crisis if it goes ahead with plans to withdraw from a Hmong refugee camp in Northern Thailand in protest at the Thai governments treatment of Hmong. This warning was sounded yesterday by Yap Swee Seng, […]