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Crisis, reform and recovery
Shalendra D. Sharma

The Asian financial crisis 2 Thailand: crisis, reform and recovery During the period of economic growth, we were too complacent. In good times we forgot many important truths and neglected many important tasks; we opened up our economy, but our stated plans to pursue discipline were not followed up; we attracted massive flows of cheap foreign capital, which we did not always spend or invest with enough prudence . . . we did not examine the fundamentals of our politics and governance or tackle issues such as bureaucratic inefficiency, lack of transparency and lack

in The Asian financial crisis
Claudia Merli
Trudi Buck

This article considers the contexts and processes of forensic identification in 2004 post-tsunami Thailand as examples of identity politics. The presence of international forensic teams as carriers of diverse technical expertise overlapped with bureaucratic procedures put in place by the Thai government. The negotiation of unified forensic protocols and the production of estimates of identified nationals straddle biopolitics and thanatocracy. The immense identification task testified on the one hand to an effort to bring individual bodies back to mourning families and national soils, and on the other hand to determining collective ethnic and national bodies, making sense out of an inexorable and disordered dissolution of corporeal as well as political boundaries. Individual and national identities were the subject of competing efforts to bring order to,the chaos, reaffirming the cogency of the body politic by mapping national boundaries abroad. The overwhelming forensic effort required by the exceptional circumstances also brought forward the socio-economic and ethnic disparities of the victims, whose post-mortem treatment and identification traced an indelible divide between us and them.

Human Remains and Violence: An Interdisciplinary Journal
Inga-Lill Hansson
Håkan Lundström

The Akha people live in the border areas of China, Burma, Thailand, Laos, and Vietnam. Most of them live in the south-western part of the Yunnan province of China, forming part of the Hani nationality, and in adjacent areas in Burma. In Thailand, they are reported to have arrived from Burma at the beginning of the twentieth century. In Akha tradition, long texts are transmitted in the death ritual performed by priests, phirma , and in the rituals of the shamans, nyirpaq . The recording of a seance by

in In the borderland between song and speech
Dominique Marshall

). Figure 1: Multimedia kit produced by the NFB and CIDA in 1990. Using the themes of ‘Water: The Wonder Fluid’, ‘Food for Thought’, ‘Health Matters’, and ‘Learning from Each Other’, the kit aimed at ‘exploring life in developing countries with children in Botswana, the Ivory Coast, Peru and Thailand’. It contained a Teacher’s Guide booklet of 64 pages, four posters drawn by Lucie Chantal and Stephen Clarke, three copies of the magazine Under the Same Sun , four audio cassettes, and four fixed projections. Source: ARC, Marc Rockbrune Fonds. Photo: D. Marshall

Journal of Humanitarian Affairs
Rethinking Digital Divides by Linda Leung
Antonio Díaz Andrade

she organises into three groups by the geographical regions they come from: South East Asians (from Cambodia, Burma and Thailand), Africans and the third group, comprising Iraqis, Iranians and Afghans. She discovers differences in their ability to use telecommunications technology (e.g. telephones, fax machines and mobile phones), depending on their countries of origin, suggesting that conflict, war or government surveillance hindered their abilities. Leung also observes that exposure to new

Journal of Humanitarian Affairs
Emmanuelle Strub

(European Interagency Security Forum) network to set up the crisis-management trainings for all the heads of mission. We held several crisis-management trainings in the Sahel, Turkey, Thailand and Kenya. Most MdM heads of mission completed the training between 2013 and 2015. Task Four: Simplifying the Security Tools The EISF network and the humanitarian security literature it curates also helped guide my

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A Realistic Ambition?
Pierre Mendiharat
Elba Rahmouni
, and
Léon Salumu

particular in Thailand and Kenya [in Homa Bay County, where the operation began in 1996], the creation of the Access Campaign 1 in 1999, our activism in South Africa alongside patient organisations and the first victories against the pharmaceutical companies, who agreed to go beyond their policy of charging the same price worldwide and adjust their prices to a country’s resources. 2 By the early 2000s the price of the treatments had fallen considerably, to

Journal of Humanitarian Affairs
Arjun Claire

cover for governments and institutions to co-opt and channel criticism ( de Waal, 2015 : 31–6). In humanitarian action, activism manifested in the form of the Cambodian March for Survival, in 1980, when many aid representatives organised a demonstration at the Thai-Cambodian border to allow cross-border assistance into Cambodia ( Weissman, 2011 : 179). While activism is a confrontational form of realising change, advocacy relies on building relationships

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The Visual Politics and Narratives of Red Cross Museums in Europe and the United States, 1920s to 2010s
Sönke Kunkel

dozen Red Cross museums – but also in Russia, Thailand, Italy, and Geneva, Switzerland, home to the much-debated International Red Cross and Red Crescent Museum. My goal is, first, to sketch out the long history of those institutions: Where do they come from? What motivations stood behind them? Which historical contexts shaped them? How did those museums communicate Red Cross history towards the general public? Second, this essay argues for a critical dialogue between

Journal of Humanitarian Affairs
Marie-Luce Desgrandchamps
Lasse Heerten
Arua Oko Omaka
Kevin O'Sullivan
, and
Bertrand Taithe

reputation. As Florian Hannig has pointed out, when it came to coordinating international relief in East Pakistan and India, some countries preferred not to request ICRC’s services on the basis of what had happened in Biafra ( Hannig, 2018 : 111–35). Bertrand: I think this is very interesting. In my own research I have looked at later sites of epistemic communities or moments where humanitarians gathered. In Cambodia, for example, at the border of Thailand from 1979, about 10

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