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Protesters unite on social media #ThaiUprising

A large number of people joining the anti-government December 9 mass rallies are using the social media to communicate their actions to the world by using the hash tag; #Thaiuprising.

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A large number of people joining the anti-government December 9 mass rallies are using the social media to communicate their actions to the world by using the hash tag; #Thaiuprising.

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They have posted their photographs on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram, allowing people all over the world to be informed about the protests in realtime.

The hash tag, #Thaiuprising, is for everyone joining the marches on Monday. News agencies as well as members of the public, can gather realtime information about the uprising through this dedicated hash tag.

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It started on Facebook against the amnesty bill

Many Thai Facebook users who were against the controversial amnesty bill had changed their profile picture in protest.

They have been changed their Facebook profile pictures into black sign with the message of “against the amnesty bill” to show their opposition to the amnesty bill, which has sailed through the third reading by the House.

Apart from the black-background photos, others, who are apparently red-shirt people, have started using red background with message saying: “opposed to the amnesty bill – murderers must be jailed, and people must be freed”.

More and more Facebook users have joined the uproar against the bill by changing their profile photos.

Apart from changing Facebook’s profile picture, Thai social media users also showed their stand against the bill by pressing ‘Like’ and ‘Share’ buttons whenever their friends posted something against the bill. They also kept on sharing messages that urged the people to take certain actions against the bill

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Digital Revolution and Repression in Myanmar and Thailand

Activists have also proactively published social media content in multiple languages using the hashtags #WhatsHappeningInMyanmar and #WhatsHappeningInThailand to boost coverage of events on the ground.

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Following the February 1 coup, Myanmar’s netizens became the latest to join the #MilkTeaAlliance, an online collective of pro-democracy youth across Asia.

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How will oil prices shape the Covid-19 recovery in emerging markets?

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How will oil prices shape the Covid-19 recovery in emerging markets?
– After falling significantly in 2020, oil prices have returned to pre-pandemic levels
– The rise has been driven by OPEC+ production cuts and an improving economic climate
– Higher prices are likely to support a rebound in oil-producing emerging markets
– Further virus outbreaks or increased production would pose challenges to price stability

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A combination of continued production cuts and an increase in economic activity has prompted oil prices to return to pre-pandemic levels – a factor that will be crucial to the recovery of major oil-producing countries in the Middle East and Africa.

Brent crude prices rose above $60 a barrel in early February, the first time they had exceeded pre-Covid-19 values. They have since continued to rise, going above $66 a barrel on February 24.

The ongoing increase in oil prices, which have soared by 75% since November and around 26% since the beginning of the year, marks a dramatic change from last year.

Following the closure of many national borders and the implementation of travel-related restrictions to stop the spread of the virus, demand for oil slumped globally.

In the wake of the Saudi-Russia price war in early 2020, Brent crude prices fell from around $60 a barrel in February that year to two-decade lows of $20 a barrel in late April, as supply increased and demand plummeted. The value of WTI crude – the main benchmark for oil in the US – fell to record lows of around $40 a barrel last year on the back of a lack of storage space.

While global demand for oil remains low, one factor credited with reversing the trend is the decision to make significant cuts to oil production, which subsequently tightened global supplies.

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How the Rural-Urban Divide Plays Out on Digital Platforms

It is one thing for entrepreneurs, whether urban or rural, to create and operate an online store, as some digital platforms have made it relatively easy to manage an e-store – even by using just a smartphone.

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In the West, villages are emptying out due to the lack of economic opportunities. Consider Italy where, in a bid to attract newcomers, a handful of municipalities have turned to selling houses for €1.

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