Sammy Westfall

Thailand

Thailand Hopes Medical Marijuana Will Boost its Lagging Economy. But Not Everyone's Convinced.

Experts and advocates told us that Thailand faces hurdles as it tries to seed a medical marijuana empire.
Sammy Westfall
8.18.20
world us

U.S. Justice Department Says Yale Discriminates Against White and Asian College Applicants

The Department of Justice found that Yale University violated federal civil rights law and ordered it to change its admissions process. Yale denies the allegations.
Sammy Westfall
8.14.20
china

Some Chinese Cities Want to Limit the Amount of Food People Can Order at Restaurants

Chinese President Xi Jinping challenged cities to come up with creative solutions to avoid food waste.
Sammy Westfall
8.13.20
Film

A Behind-the-Scenes Look at Filmmaking in the Philippines During the Pandemic

To work around restrictions in film, TV, and advertising production, some filmmakers are blocking scenes over video calls and directing on set from a plastic 'bubble.'
Sammy Westfall
8.13.20
Hong Kong

Hong Kong Pro-Democracy Activist Agnes Chow Called the 'Real Mulan' in Viral Meme

Social media users showed support for the 23-year-old after she was arrested under Hong Kong's new national security law.
Sammy Westfall
8.12.20

Hong Kongers Lined Up at 2 A.M. to Buy Copies of the Apple Daily Newspaper After Its Founder Jimmy Lai Was Arrested

One woman told Hong Kong public broadcaster RTHK that buying the newspaper was a form of protest against the government as it continues to crackdown on press freedom.
Sammy Westfall
8.11.20
Singapore

Singapore Is Putting Trackers on Some Incoming Travelers to Make Sure They’re Following Quarantine Measures. Will the US and Australia Do the Same?

Experts told us they aren't convinced that a similar effort would work in the US or Australia because of privacy concerns.
Sammy Westfall
8.11.20
The VICE Guide to Right Now

BBC Host Cooks for Comedian Who Roasted Her Egg Fried Rice Recipe

“Indian people good at rice also...maybe except you,” comedian Uncle Roger teases BBC host Hersha Patel, who is out to redeem herself after going viral for a fried rice recipe.
Sammy Westfall
8.10.20
world hong kong

Police Raid a Major Hong Kong News Outlet and Arrest Its Billionaire Owner Under the City's New National Security Law

The popular Hong Kong newspaper, Apple Daily, livestreamed the police raid of its building.
Sammy Westfall
8.10.20
Hong Kong

‘Control By Fear:’ Charges Against 24 High-Profile Activists Seen As Part of Wider Shut Down of Pro-Democracy Groups in Hong Kong

Human Rights Watch China director Sophie Richardson told VICE News that the arrests reflect a “growing intolerance for peaceful assembly and expression.” 
Sammy Westfall
8.7.20
cambodia

Cambodian Women Are Posting Photos Wearing ‘Sexy’ Clothing to Protest Proposed Law That Would Police Women’s Outfits

Cambodia is considering draft legislation that would ban women from wearing clothing deemed “too short” or “too see-through.”
Sammy Westfall
8.7.20
china

China Frees a Man Who Spent 27 Years in Jail for Murder He Did Not Commit

Zhang Yuhuan's exoneration points to deeper issues within China's legal system, including its 99.9% conviction rate.
Sammy Westfall
8.6.20
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