What does the coronavirus mean for single-use plastics? (Equal Times)

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In Europe, the EU still intends to go ahead with the ban on single-use plastics as of 2021, but plastic consumption has also increased considerably due to the fear of catching the virus I wrote this article for Equal Times. Plastics…
Spain’s health workers

Spain’s health workers overburdened and undersupplied in coronavirus fight (South China Morning Post)

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More than 15,000 workers infected as hospitals struggle with a lack of test kits and protective gear. I wrote this article for the South China Morning Post and appeared in its cover   Spain’s health workers Overburdened…

Coronavirus and Rohingya Refugee Camps (The Diplomat)

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The first confirmed case in Cox’s Bazar, on March 24, is a serious concern for aid workers I wrote this article for The Diplomat Rohingya and coronavirus As countries close their borders and ask their citizens to stay home to prevent…

Spain’s Chinese community’s fight against coronavirus and xenophobia started early (South China Morning Post)

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Weeks before the country went into lockdown, many Chinese-run shops had closed and workers in the remainder wore masks. When the infection arrived, fears of racially motivated insults were realised from abuse on the street to social media attacks I…
Domestic violence in Thailand

Severed penis, murdered ex-wife: what’s behind Thailand’s rise in domestic violence?

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Hundreds of women and children report abuse each year, according to official figures, but these are only the ‘tip of the iceberg’ rights groups say I wrote this article for the South China Morning Post. Domestic violence in Thailand After…

Aceh, Indonesia: When Dating Meets Sharia Law

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In Aceh, young people have to reconcile their daily life with a strict version of the sharia law I published this article previously in The Diplomat magazine Sharia law in Indonesia Fajran Zain still remembers the…

Was Buddha a Feminist?

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The first fully ordained Thai female monk in the Theravada tradition caused a controversy that continues 15 years later. The question is: Was Buddha a feminist? I wrote this article for The Diplomat Was Buddha a Feminist? The Venerable…

Why are abuse claims in Cambodia's war on drugs being ignored?

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The war on drugs in Cambodia may not feature the violence of Rodrigo Duterte’s crackdown in the Philippines, but advocates still warn of ‘gradual but deadly’ rights abuses This article was previously published in South China Morning…

Rohingya refugees to uninhabited island

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Bangladesh pushes ahead with plans to send Rohingya refugees to uninhabited island This article was previously published in Equal Times Rohingya refugees to uninhabited island Thengar Char, a 40-square-kilometre island in the Bay of…

How the murder of a Malaysian transgender woman exposed fears over an islamic penal code

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The brutal killing of a florist shocks activists who say it must be seen against a backdrop of rising conservatism that threatens the LGBT community This articule was previously published in South China Morning Post LGBT…

The forced pregnancies of the Khmer Rouge

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The forced pregnancies of the Khmer Rouge are forgotten by the court set up to judge the communist regime’s crimes This article was previosly published in The Diplomat The forced pregnancies of the Khmer Rouge Souk (not her…

Exclusion or protection? Activists skeptical about LGBT prison

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This article was previously published in Coconuts Bangkok LGBT prison in Thailand Transgender activist Nachacha Kongudom was arrested in June of last year for protesting against the military junta in Bangkok. She was sent to a men’s…