Worthwhile reading from other sites – 2018

So onto year three of the new look rascott.com and here are some things that I have read and found interesting – and think that you might as well….

April 2018

An FA with a shred of decency would stop Leeds United from going to Myanmar New Statesman

Jürgen Klopp: ‘I have this helping syndrome. I really care about people’ Guardian

Ahmed Mansoor: UAE wants the world to forget about its ‘million-dollar dissident’ Middle East Eye

Richard Flanagan: ‘Our politics is a dreadful black comedy’ – press club speech in full Guardian

The continuing blockade of Qatar makes no sense FT

A decade of change The Baron (on Reuters)

Michael Cohen and the End Stage of the Trump Presidency The New Yorker

UAE rights activist Ahmed Mansoor put on trial in Abu Dhabi Al Jazeera

Ahmed Mansoor taken to court after a year in arbitrary detention Gulf Center for Human Rights

CULTURE CLASH AND CHAOS AT SILOM SONGKRAN (ACTION PHOTOS) Khaosod English

They Documented a Massacre. Their Prize Is a Prison Cell in Myanmar NYT

Under Construction: Photographs of Dubai and its fast-changing landscape Creative Boom

Statement from the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons on the Salisbury attack: 4 April 2018 Acting UK Permanent Representative to the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons.

A Saudi Prince’s Quest to Remake the Middle East The New Yorker

March 2018

What’s with the sanctimony, Mr Waugh? ESPN CricInfo

Bucket tipped on Aussie sledgers Sydney Morning Herald in 2002

The Ten: Hysterical Overreactions Wisden

Mailey to Murray Mints: Seven ball-tampering confessions from the past ESPN CricInfo

Australians are finally waking up to their cricketing hypocrisy The Spectator

Top Trump donor sues Qatar over leaked emails Middle East Eye

Britain’s Response to the Salisbury Attack: A Net Assessment Chatham House

Malaysia proposes up to 10 years’ jail, fines for publishers of ‘fake news’ Reuters

Mueller probe witness secretly backed UAE agenda in Congress AP

‘Only death’: How Mohammed bin Salman has torn up the rules of kingship Middle East Eye

Vladimir Putin’s politics of eternity Guardian

Qatar asks U.S. to investigate UAE bank for ‘financial warfare’ Reuters

Crown Prince of Disorder Foreign Policy

Kidnapped Royalty Become Pawns in Iran’s Deadly Plot NYT

MH370: mystery of private company behind renewed search for missing plane SCMP

Facebook data harvester’s links to US and UK counter-extremism campaigns Middle East Eye

Four Seat Piston Singles Plane and Pilot

Southeast Asia’s megacities have a choice: Shangri-La or slum South East Asia Globe

UK-US Open Skies talks hit Brexit turbulence FT

The Memory of the Embassy (British Embassy in Thailand) Read the Cloud

Blind spots in Prayuth’s election promise Asia Times

Fire and Fury in the Gulf International Policy Digest

February 2018

Qatar: Beyond the Blockade | Featured Documentary Al Jazeera

Expo 2015: what does Milan gain by hosting this bloated global extravaganza? Guardian – with a lesson for Dubai Expo 2020

This is my neighborhood in Tokyo. Medium

Hate speech, atrocities and fake news: the crisis of democracy in Myanmar FT

Chinese Tourists Are Taking Over the Earth, One Selfie at a Time Bloomberg

Saudi Arabia could be next on Fifa’s list after Peru and Spain AS.com (English)

A Chinese Empire Reborn NYT

Rakhine state: Hatred and despair in Myanmar’s restive region BBC

Special Report: How Myanmar forces burned, looted and killed in a remote village Reuters

Wat Gate, the Multi-Religious Community Chiang Mai CityLife

Is the GCC dead after the Qatar crisis?  Gulf State Analytics

A guide to the Nunes memo Economist

The wrong impact Reuters on the Abraaj healthcare fund

Abraaj Group Denies It Misused Healthcare Funds Forbes

False portraits do not do justice to the UAE The National in response to HRW’s 2018 report.

United Arab Emirates Events of 2017 HRW 2018 report

Cape Town faces Day Zero: what happens when the city turns off the taps? Guardian

From dusk till dawn: in search of old-school Bangkok Guardian

Raffles Still Looms Large over Post-colonial Singapore The News Lens

AP Exclusive: AP confirms Myanmar massacre and 5 mass graves AP

Cash-strapped Foreign Office sells Bangkok embassy for £420m Guardian

Yemen’s fast rewind into politics of the past Al-Bab

Blackstone bets big on Wall St. information business with Thomson Reuters deal Reuters

January 2018

Exclusive: Blackstone in talks to buy majority stake in key Thomson Reuters unit – sources Reuters

Thailand’s corruption ranking drops from 76th to 101st in 2016 CPI Thai PBS

Anti-Qatar Embargo Grinds Toward Strategic Failure Baker Institute

Thailand: Forced Labor, Trafficking Persist in Fishing Fleets HRW

HRW World Report 2018 HRW

Thailand denounces Human Rights Watch Prachathai

Tiny, Wealthy Qatar Goes Its Own Way, and Pays for It New York Times

Why Test cricket is a game in decline New Statesman

Thailand’s heartland is surprisingly keen on the military junta Economist

Hawaii missile alert: How one employee ‘pushed the wrong button’ and caused a wave of panic Washington Post

Cyrille Regis: a pioneer on the pitch and the leader of a generation The Guardian

Blockchain Is Changing Our World: Here Are The Best Practical Examples Of How It Is Used In 2018 Forbes

Thailand in 2018: no neat exit strategy for junta New andala

China’s great firewall is rising Economist

How I fell for the blockchain gold rush Guardian

“You Can’t Make This S— Up”: My Year Inside Trump’s Insane White House Hollywood Reporter

Why Is Steve Bannon Torching the Trump Administration? National Interest

Donald Trump Didn’t Want to Be President New Yorker

The UAE is determined to punish Tunisians for the sin of democracy Middle East Eye

Beijing is cultivating the next generation of African elites by training them in China Quartz

2017: The year that shook Hong Kong’s democracy Al Jazeera

Will Thailand return to electoral democracy in 2018? Nikkei Asian Review