Worthwhile reading from other sites – 2021

As we end 2020 there is some positive news as we start the new year. Trump will be gone. Joe Biden becomes President of the USA on 20 January. There are vaccines out there that work.

There are conscious social movements that can make a difference – from essential workers organising for health and safety and better pay, to the growing international movements for Climate Justice, Black Lives Matter, and the People’s Vaccine.

In Thailand young people are now making themselves heard – demanding a more equitable society and debating previously taboo subjects.

So at least at the start of the year let us all work for something better than the misery that was 2020.

September 2021

BHUTAN’S COMING BORDER CRISIS WITH CHINA 9dashline

Trouble with the new normal British Medical Journal

Biden pulls punches on rights abusers Politico

Here’s What the Next Six Months of the Pandemic Will Bring Bloomberg

9/11: Inside the President’s War Room review – astonishing and petrifying Guardian

An oral history of Oxford/AstraZeneca: ‘Making a vaccine in a year is like landing a human on the moon’ Guardian

Biden’s COVID-19 Origins Report Leaves the Lab Leak on the Table Vanity Fair

August 2021

How Kabul fell so fast Axios

Inside Reach 871, A US C-17 Packed With 640 Afghans Trying to Escape the Taliban Defense One

Afghanistan Has a New Government: The country wonders what the new normal will look like Afghanistan Analysts Network

Afghan chaos undercuts Biden’s promise of competence BBC

Homesick Angel: Last Flight From Da Nang History.net

In Afghanistan, a reviled president is being exposed as powerless New Statesman

A Saigon moment looms in Kabul Asia Times

Is Taiwan Next? NYT magazine

Covid blame game spreads like a virus in Thailand Asia Times

I covered Hong Kong for decades. Now I am forced to flee China’s ‘white terror’ Steve Vines in The Observer.

Time for Covidnomics The Atlantic

The Art of Erecting a Tea Garden Chiang Mai CityLife

July 2021

The Chinese Sports Machine’s Single Goal: The Most Golds, at Any Cost New York Times

Thailand’s COVID crisis Asialink – University of Melbourne

Thailand: Critics fear crackdown under COVID emergency powers DW

Thailand faces vaccine shortage as Delta variant runs rampant Secret Siam News

Opinion: Prayut and his ministers have brought this country to its lowest point Thai Enquirer

Passing the Torch: Saowanee T. Alexander on Elder Redshirts & Thailand’s Youth Asia Art Tours

With friends like these? A Hundred reasons why the ECB has failed the game ESPN Cricinfo

Crackdown shows this government can work efficiently; just not to help the people Thai Enquirer

WHEN TRYING TO PREVENT COVID-19 PANIC CAUSES MORE PANIC Khaosod English

‘Everyone is dying’: Myanmar on the brink of decimation Asia Times

Quintessential Links Golf Alistair Tate

Opinion: Government’s misplaced priorities has Thailand firmly back in the third world Thai Enquirer

England, Southgate and penalties Medium – Ben Lyttleton, author of “Twelve Yards: The Art and Psychology of the Perfect Penalty”

June 2021

The Oxford vaccine: the trials and tribulations of a world-saving jab Guardian

‘A Form of Brainwashing’: China Remakes Hong Kong New York Times

The arrested: Hongkongers caught up in Beijing’s national security law Guardian

The push to revamp the Chinese Communist Party for the next 100 years Economist

The day Denmark stood still: Christian Eriksen’s collapse and the heroes who saved him Guardian

Is GB News a threat to democracy? That’s the million-dollar oesion Guardian

In China’s new Xinjiang patriotic tourism police and propaganda Reuters

Once the future, US now captive to its past BBC

Myanmar’s Coming Revolution Foreign Affairs

England at war, work and play – in pictures Guardian

Post-pandemic, should Siem Reap embrace quality tourism over quantity? SEA Globe

Thailand’s long descent into economic darkness Nikkei Asia

China’s Mass Internment, Torture and Persecution of Muslims in Xinjiang Amnesty International

May 2021

Grim Image of India Prompts Debate Over China’s Swaggering Propaganda NYT

The rich sin and the poor die Thai Enquirer

‘This Is a Catastrophe.’ In India, Illness Is Everywhere. NYT

Delegation of Powers to Thai PM Raises Concern of Authoritarian Turn Voice of America

Tony Blair, dread creature of the forbidden swamp Sam Kriss – from 2014 but memorable!

PSG vs Manchester City: How Gulf-owned teams diverged on football’s future Middle East Eye

Manchester United fans’ direct action is an expression of powerlessness Guardian

Fifty years after Apollo, space is about to transform our life on Earth beyond recognition Guardian

Biden and Xi talk of a clash of civilisations. But the real shared goal is dominance Guardian

April 2021

Phuket Was Poised for Tourism Comeback. A Covid Surge Dashed Those Hopes. NYT

Power grab in a pandemic: how absence of fans gave greedy owners their chance Guardian

England’s big six have backed down but Super League fight isn’t over Guardian

“Every Journalist’s Worst Nightmare”: CNN’s Myanmar Misadventure New Naratif

We can mourn Prince Philip, but not the monarchy Guardian

Critical condition – Covid in Canada CBC

Only someone who truly hates football can be behind a European super league Guardian

Myanmar on the Brink of State Failure International Crisis Group

My unusual week with Myanmar’s violent, paranoid military junta SouthEast Asia Globe

March 2021

How to deal with China Economist

Abuse of power: football’s culturally accepted contempt for its own referees Guardian

Why can’t Britain handle the truth about Winston Churchill? Guardian

The clown king: how Boris Johnson made it by playing the fool Guardian

What is journalism for? The short answer: truth Guardian

Japan’s 2011 tsunami, then and now – in pictures Guardian

February 2021

Why I stopped writing about Chinese Football Wild East football

How Covid-19 could limit travel for years beyond the crisis New Statesman

It’s landing day on Mars! NASA’s Perseverance rover will touch down on the Red Planet today Space.com

Nine months in the long limbo of long covid Dr. Ed Rooksby. RIP

The Man Who Captured The Hand Of God Has Been Erased From History Defector

‘A very dangerous epoch’: historians try to make sense of Covid Guardian

Aung San Suu Kyi overlooked Myanmar’s deepest problems Open Democracy

Life savers: the amazing story of the Oxford/AstraZeneca Covid vaccine Observer

For crime writers, Bangkok’s red-light districts and sordid underbelly are gold – no wonder so many fictional detectives pound its streets and back alleys SCMP

Joe Biden’s Challenge Was Barack Obama’s Victory The Atlantic

Viral Woman Who Danced Through Myanmar Coup Tells Us What Happened Vice

Myanmar: Inside the coup that toppled Aung San Suu Kyi’s government Nikkei Asia

January 2021

Fall by John Preston review – the truth about Robert Maxwell Guardian

Covid-19: Five days that shaped the outbreak BBC

Thai opposition figure says government seeks to silence him on vaccine Reuters

DES files complaints against Thanatorn over vaccination programme scrutiny Prachatai

Navalny Is All-In on Bringing Down Putinism Foreign Policy

The strange case of Alibaba’s Jack Ma and his three-month vanishing act Observer

Joe Biden’s inner circle: meet the new president’s close-knit team Guardian

The abandoned and hidden Kent railway stations which have long been forgotten about Kent Live

Off the rails: Behind Trump’s post-election meltdown Axios

‘An unmitigated disaster’: America’s year of Covid Guardian

Dubai, Pandemic Party Haven, Faces Its Biggest Surge Bloomberg

Covid-19: ‘Don’t end up like us, please’ BBC News

Human Rights Watch – World Report 2021 HRW

Anyone shocked by the US Capitol attack has ignored an awful lot of warning signs Guardian

2021 storming of the United States Capitol Wikipedia

Insurrection Day: when white supremacist terror came to the US Capitol Guardian

Swarms of Trump supporters storm U.S. Capitol Reuters

Inside the Capitol siege: How barricaded lawmakers and aides sounded urgent pleas for help as police lost control Washington Post

How one of America’s ugliest days unraveled inside and outside the Capitol Washington Post

2020 was the year of inequality: can we turn it around in 2021? Thomson Reuters Foundation

Finding Euphoria in Bangkok’s Food Scene NYT