Cafés and thickly brewed Arabic coffee have often been at the heart of literary, artistic and political change in the Arab world practically from the beginning. Arab cafés are meeting places, watering holes, smoking dens, board game venues, hubs of…

Anti-government protests kicked off in Thailand last year after a pro-democracy party was disbanded for opposing the military government. The protests escalated and morphed into demands for the monarchy to be reformed. It has long been thought that Thailand’s monarch…