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    Out with the new; in with the old

    Terry Fredrickson, Published on 18/08/2011

    » As promised, the Phue Thai party is making plans to push for the reinstatement of the 1997 constitution.


    Enterprise mobility essential for digital transformation

    Business, Published on 05/10/2017

    » Business conditions are changing rapidly thanks to digital transformation, which an article in the MIT Sloan Management Review, "The Nine Elements of Digital Transformation", defined as the use of technology to radically change the performance or reach of enterprises.


    Follow Buddha's wisdom

    News, Postbag, Published on 28/05/2017

    » In her May 25 article, "How our education sustains dictatorship", Sanitsuda Ekachai outlines clearly how the militarisation of Thai education harms not only education, infamously failing for decades, but also how the pernicious effects of the centralised command over young minds oozes out to pervade all of Thai society, to the great harm of society, politics and morals. The malaise does indeed start in the official Thai education hierarchy.


    Come on Baby, Light My Fire

    Brunch, Published on 30/07/2017

    » After 24 years in Bangkok there's no hoodwinking Jerry Hopkins, pioneering Rolling Stone reporter and author of No One Here Gets Out Alive, the cult biography of The Doors' self-styled shaman-poet Jim Morrison.


    Internet control freaks are becoming a costly drag

    News, Justin Fox, Published on 13/07/2016

    » Inke is a Chinese startup that enables users to stream live video. It's doing pretty well -- in April, mobile analytics firm App Annie said it was the seventh highest-grossing smartphone app on the planet. The company does face some costs that internet companies elsewhere in the world don't, though. This is from a Bloomberg article last week on China's live-streaming boom, and the government's concerns that it could get out of hand:


    Isan scrolls depicting life of Buddha feature in new Zurich exhibition

    Life, Published on 13/07/2017

    » The first international exhibition of northeast Thailand's painted-cloth Vessantara Jataka scrolls has opened at The Ethnographic Museum of the University of Zurich, Switzerland, and will remain on view until mid-April 2018. Titled "Hin-Gabe", or "devotion", the exhibition includes other material objects and a video to explain the meanings and uses of the scrolls that depict the various lives of Lord Buddha.


    Used goods shape up as Southeast Asia's 'new thing'

    News, Adam Minter, Published on 05/07/2017

    » On the second floor of a 22,300-square-metre, used-goods superstore in thesuburbs of Kuala Lumpur, Koji Onazawa pauses beside some old Japanese surfboards.


    Don't let inventory upset your GDP forecast

    Business, TMB Analytics, Published on 05/02/2016

    » In our previous article, we argued economists and analysts alike should pay more attention to an unassuming component of GDP -- inventory. We showed that despite its tiny size, merely 1.6% of GDP, inventory can have a profound effect on both seasonality and swings, hence on all GDP forecasting exercises.


    Mixed economic signals keep Asian shares drifting

    Business, Published on 03/04/2017

    » Recap: Asian investors continued to tread cautiously last week amid mixed economic signals. Better-than-expected US economic growth data and solid industrial output readings from China and Japan bolstered sentiment, but a hawkish view on interest rates by some US Federal Reserve governors and uncertainty about President Donald Trump's tax reforms and spending plans after his healthcare fiasco pressured stocks. In Thailand a buying spree by foreign investors helped boost the index but profit-taking capped gains.


    Double-edged sword called Section 44

    News, Anchalee Kongrut, Published on 06/03/2017

    » At first, the interim charter's Section 44 appears like a hidden sword that a knight in shining armour brings out only to fight a justifiable cause. Indeed, Prime Minister Gen Prayut Chan-o-cha makes us believe so. Power and force will be used when necessary and applied constructively, we are told.

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