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
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
Politics

‘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
8.8.20
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
8.7.20
world coronavirus

Duterte Responds to COVID-19 Outbreak With Another Lockdown. Here’s Why That Alone Won’t Work.

Experts say a strong reliance on tough lockdowns and a militaristic approach, without focus on other preventative measures, is a lethal combination – as seen in how poorly the Philippine government handled previous months of the pandemic.
Sammy Westfall
8.4.20
japan

Japan Finally Recognizes “Black Rain” Victims as Atomic Bomb Survivors

The case's 84 plaintiffs were exposed to radioactive black rain as babies or children. Now in their late 70s to 90s, they're finally recognized as A-bomb victims in a landmark ruling.
Sammy Westfall
Miran Miyano
7.31.20
NORTH KOREA

Forced Abortions, Collective Punishment: Here’s What Happens to Women Who Try to Escape North Korea

A United Nations report reveals “heartbreaking” state-sponsored punishment for women who attempt to cross the border and are repatriated.
Sammy Westfall
7.29.20
News

'The Threat is On the Rise': Taiwan Is Increasingly Worried About China. They're Not Wrong

With the soaring national aspirations, increasing pressure, and growing threats, Cross-Strait relations are reaching a new degree of intensity
Sammy Westfall
7.24.20
world politics

A Running Timeline of the US and China’s Deteriorating Relationship

This story is regularly updated to reflect the latest developments in US-China relations.
Sammy Westfall
7.23.20
Coronavirus

Progress on COVID Vaccines Has Sparked Celebration. But There's A Long Way to Go Yet.

Experts say positive early results aren't the end of the story—but there is reason for optimism.
Sammy Westfall
7.23.20
News

Thailand Sees Largest Anti-Government Protests Since 2014 Military Coup

The youth-led protests appear to have taken a page from Hong Kong's highly decentralized pro-democracy movement last year, one expert said.
Sammy Westfall
7.21.20
Space

In First For Arab World, UAE Successfully Launches Mars Orbiter From Japan

Once it’s completed its seven-month journey to the Red Planet, the orbiter will collect information on the Martian atmosphere and climate.
Sammy Westfall
7.21.20
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