Series: Modern-day slavery in focus Which countries have the worst record for human trafficking? - interactive
The US State department releases its annual Trafficking in Persons report Friday. Thailand, Malaysia, Columbia, Cyprus and Qatar are downgraded after revelations of appalling maltreatment of workers that amount to modern-day slavery, while Afghanistan and Sudan improved their rating
THAILAND Slavery in its fishing sector, poor safeguards for migrant workers and exploitation in its ever-growing sex industry have led Thailand to rank as one of the worst offenders in this year's report. Failure to enact an anti-trafficking plan two years in a row has resulted in it being downgraded to a tier 3 country. Thai civilians and military officials have been accused of complicity in trafficking Burma's Rohingya people. Thailand is a major US trading partner and enjoys a strong relationship with Washington.
What Will Thailand’s Post-Coup “Democracy” Look Like? by Joshua Kurlantzick June 19, 2014 1. Appointed members of parliament or those selected from Hong Kong-style “functional constituencies” will have immense power in the next civilian government.
2. Prominent members of Thaksinite parties will be banned from politics for life
3. The judiciary and other institutions will be made even stronger.
Royal blue: In this meme the Queen's head was superimposed onto the body of a member of the Uruguay coaching staff, making it look as if Suarez has the monarch in a headlock
At least we can still laugh at ourselves: The memes mocking England's misery after Gerrard & Co's disastrous defeat
England's World Cup disaster inspires people to post tongue-in-cheek pictures poking fun at another England failure Also celebrates Luis Suarez, whose two goals in Sao Paulo last night condemned Hodgson's team to near-certain exit
Thai democracy cannot move forward when it is up against an elitist bureaucracy that is deferential to the crown, a military that acts in its own self-interest, though in the name of the crown, and the crown itself.