Category: Opinion

Christmas or not?

Should we not rather cancel Christmas this year? Considering that we have been through a pandemic, which dragged on much longer than we thought in March and that sometime next year, a vaccine is waiting for us, which like a magic wand will make life return to normal? There are other good reasons why we should…

‘New Normal’ will reshape the future of work and people flow

As the world anxiously awaits a cure for COVID-19, what was once an unfamiliar order – telecommuting or work-from-home – has now been normalised with safety measures set in place by the government. In Thailand, at least 20 per cent of Thai corporations have made the permanent shift to working from home, according to PwC,…

Not So “Surprise” in October for the US Presidential Election than for the Thai Student Protests

Prior to October, political pundits in the US had been toying with the “October surprise” theory ahead of the US presidential vote on November 3. Whereas Bhim Bhurtel speculated that a trade deal with China is in the offing before the November vote, the Economist meanwhile, deemed the US-China clash in the South China Sea…

The fear..

Its in the middle of October in a few days. I have been living in Thailand for the past 32 years. I am historically interested and have always been following current politics closely. Today, it is time to write the monthly editorial for ScandAsia. All the news and features have been selected, all the pages…

Scandinavia during Covid 19 time

After many months in Bangkok with lockdown, curfew, masks, temperature measuring, weeks with a ban on selling alcohol, I arrived on 24 June 2020 to Copenhagen which was almost a shock. The normally so busy Suvarnabumi airport had been dark and almost empty on my departure from Bangkok, really ghostlike. I was flying with SWISS…

The ‘threat from China’

In a way, the article at the very back of this issue of ScandAsia is the most important. It deals with how China and Russia is a threat to the rule-of-law based world order which has kept peace in Europe – and largely also in Asia – since the Second World War ended in 1945. The…

The sacrifice of 2020

It is clear by now, that the Covid-19 virus is here to stay. There is no “beating it” there is only “live with it”. This was actually clear from the first introduction of the various lockdown measures worldwide. The majority of people liked to believe that we were “fighting the virus”, but government experts around…

International Cooperation and Solidarity – a key to address any global crisis

OP-ED by NORWAY’S AMBASSADOR TO VIETNAM, H.E. GRETE LØCHEN We all entered the New Year 2020 with ambitious plans and hopes, as it marked the beginning of a new decade. This year, Vietnam is assuming a dual role as the Chair of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) and a non-permanent member of the…