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
COLLEGE

US 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
Hong Kong

Hong Kong Activist Agnes Chow Lauded As the ‘Real Mulan’ on Social Media

Netizens showed support for the vocal pro-democracy 23-year-old after she was arrested under Hong Kong's national security law.
Sammy Westfall
8.12.20
Hong Kong

Hong Kongers Line Up to Buy Copies of Apple Daily After Its Founder Was Arrested

Supporters line up at 2am to purchase newspaper copies a day after Jimmy Lai was arrested, heightening concerns of the city's diminishing press freedoms.
Sammy Westfall
8.11.20
Singapore

Singapore Is Putting Trackers on Some Incoming Travelers. Should Other Countries Do the Same?

To monitor incoming travelers required to quarantine at home amid the pandemic, Singapore and other Asian countries have turned to monitoring devices. Experts don't think it'll work elsewhere.
Sammy Westfall
8.11.20
Hong Kong

China Just Arrested Billionaire Media Tycoon Jimmy Lai in Hong Kong

He’s considered to be the most high-profile person arrested in connection with China’s new national security law.
Sammy Westfall
8.10.20
Hong Kong

Charges Against 24 High-Profile Activists Part of Wider Shut Down of Pro-Democracy in Hong Kong

Human Rights Watch China director Sophie Richardson told VICE News that the charges 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
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
Philippines

A Photo of Burnt-Out Medical Workers in the Philippines Goes Viral. Duterte Says They Should Stop Complaining.

In response to criticism of his handling of the pandemic, Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte told medical workers they needed to do some “soul searching,” and that rather than help, “all you do is complain.”
Sammy Westfall
8.3.20
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