Worthwhile reading from other sites – 2017

A new year – a new collection of interesting (at least to me) news stories and features.

June 2017


Overpopulated and Underfed: Countries Near a Breaking Point New York Times

No secret prisons run by UAE in Yemen: Ministry Khaleej Times

Qatar Airways wants to buy 10 percent stake in American Airlines Reuters

Nasa’s Kepler telescope finds 10 Earth-like planets: ‘We are not alone’ Guardian

Thai King shot at by two boys with BB guns: Reports SEA Globe

In Yemen’s secret prisons, UAE tortures and US interrogates Associated Press

Qatar Airways Seeks a 10% Stake in American Airlines WSJ

Thailand lese-majeste: UN urges amendment to law BBC

The siege of Qatar isn’t working Economist

How the Middle East became an electronic battleground Al-Bab

The Qatar Crisis Oracle Opinions

Are China and the Unites States heading for war The New Yorker

Trump’s Strange Retreat from Cuba Politico

A shock to the system: how Corbyn changed the rules of British politics Guardian

Qatar crisis: Have Saudis gone too far? BBC

Have no pity for May. Don’t forgive, and never forget why she must go Guardian

The biggest Trump-era trade dispute may be over airlines. Here’s what’s happening. Washington Post

Gulf Showdown Exposes Qatar’s Fragility Bloomberg

Britain: The End of a Fantasy New York Review of Books

The crisis is only just beginning for Qatar Tha National, UAE

I Left My Son in a Kingdom of Men New York Times

A family feud – Saudi Arabia cuts off Qatar The Economist

Will Qatar’s Diplomatic Exile Spark the Next Great War? Foreign Policy

‘We are not ready to surrender,’ Qatar’s foreign minister says Reuters

Qatar crisis: The deep diplomatic tensions behind the row BBC

Wonderland Villas: A tale of Hong Kong’s property rollercoaster Hong Kong Free Press

What Does the UAE Want? GeorgetownUniversiy – Qatar

Trump jitters draw Southeast Asia into China’s embrace FT

Blown off course: Emirates flies into turbulence FT

The Saudi Prince, the Sheikh and a Gulf Renegade Bloomberg

Qatar lies nailed over terror funding Khaleej Times

The Qatar spat exposes Britain’s game of thrones in the Gulf Guardian

The $1bn hostage deal that enraged Qatar’s Gulf rivals FT


Long haul low cost becomes mainstream as full service airlines gradually embrace new business models CAPA

‘Blame the internet’ is just not a good enough response, Theresa May Guardian

With his London tweets, Trump embarrasses himself — and America — once again Washington Post

Britain is being led to an epic act of national self-harm over Brexit Guardian

Inside the Isis social network New Statesman

The middle has fallen out of British politics The Economist

Tears of a Rickshaw Driver New York Times (2014 article on the Tiananmen anniversary.)

China: Own Up to Tiananmen Massacre HRW

Hidden Away for 28 Years, Tiananmen Protest Pictures See Light of Day New York Times

Dubai high-rises slowly surround flamingo reserve AP

The flaws in Donald Trump’s decision to pull out of the Paris accord The Economist

May 2017

Dhaveevatthana prison: hell on Earth in Thailand Japan Times

Emirates Orders Cabin Crew Not to Wear ROC Pin on Uniform, to Respect ‘One China’ Policy Taiwan Sentinel

Three years after coup, junta is deeply embedded in Thai life Reuters

Lese majeste drive targets web viewers Bangkok Post

Banned in Bangkok Bangkok Post

When the World Is Led by a Child New York Times

The investigations swirling around Donald Trump – a short guide Guardian

Cheap Lesson for Cathay Pacific Bloomberg

Student leader a rare voice of dissent in military-ruled Thailand Reuters

How to escape the online spies Guardian

Behind China’s $1 Trillion Plan to Shake Up the Economic Order New York Times

The Republican’s Guide to Presidential Behavior New York Times

Thailand will charge facebook if it doesn’t take down content they find insulting Vice News

10 things you didn’t know about Britain’s canals Guardian

The Guardian view on Labour’s manifesto: a bold step Guardian editorial

The super-connector airlines face a world of troubles Economist

Facebook blocks scores of pages in Thailand Al Jazeera


Thailand’s junta is trying to sell ‘dictatorship as democracy’ SouthEast Asia Globe

Air force to boost golf course security  Bangkok Post

The Prison outside the prison Prachatai

Despotic urbanism in Thailand New Mandala

Tall tales and a big vision: Kerry Packer’s World Series Cricket 40 years on Guardian

UAE’s Battle-Hardened Military Expands Into Africa, Mideast Associated Press

Dubai Introduces Its Own Font, Lauding Free Expression It Does Not Permit New York Times

Thailand intensifies state control under new king CNBC

Tony Blair: ‘Labour can win at any point that it wants to get back to winning ways’ Guardian

April 2017

Bangkok’s Airplane Squatters Taylor Weidman (Chiang Mai based photographer)

Hong Kong’s autonomy agreement could be scrapped if it threatens China, official warns Hong Kong free press

Congratulations, Mr President, on your wild romp through all norms and rules Guardian

Gagged by “Peace and Order” Reporters without Borders

Prince Depangkorn turns 12-year-old Thai PBS

Are Thais getting the dictators they deserve? Bangkok Post

‘People wet their knickers when they find out I was in Bananarama’: the 80s trio return Guardian

‘I’m shaking my head’: Hot Toronto housing market driving prices up in small town Ontario CBC

Thai royal agencies brought under control of new king Reuters

Emirates has multiple reasons for cutting back on US capacity CAPA

The mystery of the missing democracy symbol BBC

Why Thailand’s military is trying to erase me from the Internet Washington Post

Big job losses reported at Abu Dhabi’s The National Arabian Business

Last orders loom at Uncle Pan’s Bangkok noodle stall AFP

Thailand: Ban on street food takes effect in capital amid junta crackdown Asian Correspondent

Kingdom of fear (and favour) New Mandala

Painting the Bangkok Night The Diplomat

Chiang Mai: Thailand’s modern-day Left Bank Nikkei Asian Review

Syria’s civil war explained from the beginning Al Jazeera

Thai military warns against online contact with prominent critics BBC

Thailand instructs citizens to stop following three critics online The Age

DXB through the ages Dubai Airports

Thailand’s new constitution favors the monarchy and military Nikkei Asian Review

Dubai Aims to Be the Transportation City of Tomorrow WSJ

From love to fear: The rise of King Vajiralongkorn Al Jazeera

Qatar Airways is MEB3 load factor champion to US in 2016; filled over 80% of seats on its 10 routes beating Emirates and Etihad Airways anna.aero

The Deeper Scandal of That Brutal United Video The Atlantic

One Man’s Quest to Prove Saudi Arabia Bankrolled 9/11 Politico

In Thailand, a King’s Coup? New York Times

The LA Times series on President Trump:

Our Dishonest President

Trump’s Authoritarian Vision

Trump’s War on Journalism

Conspiracy Theorist in Chief

California Fights Back

The devil in the details: Thailand’s new constitution in a nutshell Prachatai

Top job at Etihad requires constitution of steel Arab News

Carry on killing Bangkok Post

In Thailand, blood sacrifice is out. Strawberry Fanta is in PRI

Seven Lessons From Trump’s Syria Strike The Atlantic

Trump’s Syria Strike Was Unconstitutional and Unwise The Atlantic

BBC vows to ‘suit Thai laws, culture BBC

Before and After – the five changes to the Thai constitution Khaosod English

Qatar World Cup 2022 organisers slash budget by up to 50%  Arabian Business

Thailand’s constitution: New era, new uncertainties BBC

Thai king signs constitution that opens way for elections FT

German Slated to Lead Etihad Handelsblatt

CNN Had a Problem. Donald Trump Solved It New York Times magazine

The Observer view on EU negotiations – Observer editorial

The untouchable Red Bull heir in Thailand BBC

March 2017

Chris Patten says Theresa May is creating “Millwall” Britain: “No one likes us, we don’t care” New Statesman

Laptop ban on planes came after plot to put explosives in iPad Guardian

The Observer view on triggering article 50 Guardian

All the President’s Lies New York Times

Is it too late to save Hong Kong from Beijing’s authoritarian grasp? Guardian

China goes west: a ghost city in the sand comes to life Guardian

UK bans laptops and tablets on flights from six Middle East countries Guardian

The Middle East’s once fast-expanding airlines are coming under pressure The Economist

Thai Prime Minister Prayuth’s grip starting to slip Asia Times

Has SMS had its day – Safety Management Systems in Aviation via LinkedIn

Tapping Trump? Just Security

I drove Australia’s Great Ocean Road – here’s why Guardian

Thailand 2016 Human Rights Report  US Department of State

Toronto’s buried history: the dark story of how mining built a city Guardian

Article 44 as strong medicine and its side effects Khaosod English

Donald Trump isn’t the only villain – the Republican party shares the blame Guardian

Trump cites no evidence, accuses Obama of ‘Nixon/Watergate’ plot to wiretap Trump Tower Washington Post

An English Sheep Farmer’s View of Rural America NYT

Berlin’s ‘disaster airport’ – a tale of mishaps and delays DW

Behind the walls: A look at conditions in Thailand’s prisons after the coup FIDH

Appeals court upholds death penalty for Koh Tao murderers Khaosod English

Broke Bird: Nok Air lost 3 billion baht in 2016 Coconuts Bangkok

February 2017

Trump, Putin and the New Cold War The New Yorker

BBC to fight for correspondent Jonathan Head’s freedom in Thailand The Age

They Cannot Keep Us Quiet Amnesty International – Thailand

Donald Trump: Unchained and unapologetic BBC

Tony Blair is right on Brexit. Now he should get into the trenches or back off Economist

On Trump, corruption & more: Sheikh Mohammed gets candid What’s On – Dubai

Inside Donald Trump’s White House Chaos Time

Donald Trump’s tweets explained Financial Times

The UAE’s ambitious plan to build a new city — on Mars Washington Post

Admit it: Trump is unfit to serve Washington Post

What Did Trump Know, and When Did He Know It? NYT

Trump vs. the Globalists Politico

Superjumbo airline Emirates thinking smaller again CNN Money

Thailand’s new king shows his strength Reuters

Thailand to try activist who shared king’s profile on Facebook BBC

Trump and Staff Rethink Tactics After Stumbles NYT

UN slams first royal slur charge under new Thai king AFP

LEGAL ANALYSIS Thailand: Computer Crime Act Article99.org

American airlines want Trump to take on their Gulf rivals CNN

January 2017

How Trump’s Executive Orders Could Set America Back 70 Years The Atlantic

Milton Keynes: The middle-aged new town BBC

Eyes on the spies in Thailand New Mandala

Poor schools are at the heart of Thailand’s political malaise Economist

The Decline and Fall of Asia’s Airline Empires Bloomberg

We’re not out to punish Britain, but you need to shed your illusions Guardian

China’s Cool girl Leah Dou Touring the States for First Time Broadway World

The finger of fate Flight Safety Australia

Obama’s Secret to Surviving the White House Years: Books New York Times

Job Cuts, Fewer Flights? Hong Kong Airline Cathay Set for Overhaul Reuters

‘Is this what the west is really like?’ How it felt to leave China for Britain Guardian

Thailand Events of 2016 HRW – World Report 2017

Thailand’s new king rejects the army’s proposed constitution Economist

Obama speech: Democracy needs you, says outgoing president BBC

With Barack Obama’s exit the US is losing a saint. But a sinner may make a better president Guardian

Why Obama Will Go Down as One of the Greatest Presidents of All Time GQ

Why unlike Rory, for Northern Ireland’s political class bigotry and bile will always be simply par for the course Belfast Telegraph

Donald Trump Meets, and Assails, the Press The Atlantic

Is Emirates Airline Running Out of Sky? Bloomberg

Found in transit: the rise of the aerotropolis Australian Financial Review

The Crisis Manager’s Cheat Sheet for 2017 Foreign Policy

In Pictures: June 4, 1989 – the night the tanks rolled into Beijing’s Tiananmen Square Hong Kong Free Press

Obama’s legacy: the promises, shortcomings and fights to come Guardian