A group of tourists off the Similan Islands in Thailand spotted some 30 false killer whales swimming in the Andaman Sea. Tourists began snapping pictures of the marine mammals, which are a type of dolphin when they began circling the boat. These animals are said to grow up to five to six metres in length upon reaching adulthood. Tour operators a...
“[No man has the] right to mislead others, who have less access to history, and less leisure to study it. . . . Thus substituting falsehood and deception for truthful evidence and fair argument.” – Abraham Lincoln, “Cooper Union Address”, 1860.
On the eve of Christmas, Christians around the world will be celebrating family time and the birth of Jesus Christ. Travelling through Vietnam, ruled by its Communist Party, Christmas is everywhere – in the shops, hotels and restaurants. It is a nice feeling to witness universal generosity embodied Santa Claus, a time for giving and festivities.
If the main foreign policy objective of Philippines’ President Rodrigo Duterte was to make his archipelagic nation the centre of international relations concerns in the Asia Pacific, he has succeeded beyond expectations.
Education and training are the backbone of every healthy economy. Policymakers around the world, including the government of Thailand, are very well aware of this fact and are therefore increasingly putting their focus and their resources into the trainin
During our lifetimes Southeast Asia has seen astonishing growth and development. Skyscrapers and deepening Asean collaboration are now the defining images of a region once beset by conflict. While much of the world struggles economically, Southeast Asia r
On Monday and Tuesday, Thailand will be hosting the 2016 Organisation for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) Asian Conference on Strengthening Comprehensive Security. Since its establishment in 2000, the annual OSCE Asian Conference has been an imp
The South China Sea issue has been ramped up recently. Some countries have been singling out China and making this issue even more complicated by distorting facts and misleading public opinion. Here, I would like to set the record straight and state the c
The new year started not with a bang but a whimper. IMF chief Christine Lagarde’s prognosis at year-end was that global growth in 2016 would be “disappointing and patchy”, blaming rising US interest rates, the economic slowdown in China, persistent financ
In the Russian airliner, Paris, and Mali hotel attacks, 375 civilians were killed in the space of three weeks. These deaths were ordered by a rogue state - the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant, a self-styled caliphate. ISIL has one purpose: to bring a
In the early 1950s, when it became widely known that smoking caused cancer, giant tobacco companies formed the Tobacco Industry Research Council (TIRC). Its main goal was to deny the harmful effects of tobacco and confuse the public.
For the nearly nine years that I have been Secretary-General, I have travelled the world to the front-lines of climate change, and I have spoken repeatedly with world leaders, business people and citizens about the need for an urgent global response.
One of the commonly-held beliefs state that one should avoid the topics of religion or politics where it could create conflicts within a group setting. Because of the potentially polarizing nature of these two highly-charged topics, it's wise simply to s