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  • NEWS

    Malaysia to end visa-free entry for N Koreans

    Kyodo News, Published on 02/03/2017

    » KUALA LUMPUR - Malaysia has decided to end visa-free entry for North Koreans, effective on March 6, following the assassination in mid-February of the estranged half-brother of the reclusive country's leader Kim Jong Un, local media said on Thursday.

  • LIFESTYLE

    We'll always have Casablanca

    Life, Kong Rithdee, Published on 06/01/2017

    » In Casablanca -- yes, Casablanca -- they fall in love amidst the escalation of war. It wasn't supposed to be real: Brad Pitt is Commander Max Vatan, a Canadian intelligence officer parachuting into French Morocco at the height of World War II to meet his contact, a French resistance fighter Marianne Beausejour, played by Marion Cotillard. They only need to pretend to be lovers in order to fool the Germans in the lead up to the assassination of a German ambassador. But like in Casablanca, which is a thousand times more romantic and sad by the way, Max and Marianne can't resist the dangerous lure of romance as the spectre of death and war smother them.

  • BUSINESS

    Beacon of hope

    Asia focus, Published on 24/07/2017

    » Sitting down with Hyeonseo Lee at a coffee shop in the Jongno district of central Seoul, one can easily understand why anyone who doesn't know her would mistake her for someone from the upper echelons of South Korean life.

  • LIFESTYLE

    Bond's countdown clock still ticks

    Life, Kong Rithdee, Published on 06/11/2015

    » The first shot in Spectre begins above a carnivalesque party during Mexico's Day of the Dead; the camera then comes down to the ground, weaves among the masked revellers dressed as skeletons, glides into a hotel door, up the elevator, out of the elevator, slips into a bedroom where Her Majesty's secret agent kisses a woman, then follows him out of the window -- "I won't be long", he tells her -- then it goes up again to see Bond sneak across the roofs to a spot where he performs his first assassination in this 24th James Bond movie.

  • LIFESTYLE

    Hail and farewell

    Life, Bernard Trink, Published on 19/05/2017

    » Contemporary historians are predictable -- penning book after book about Atlantis, ancient Rome, the Templars, World War II. But then a few looked at the calendar and the penny dropped. 2017. Isn't this the anniversary of something? Indeed. The Russian Revolution a century ago.

  • OPINION

    Autocratic filmmaking is our forte

    News, Kong Rithdee, Published on 20/12/2014

    » In the week Sony censored itself and shelved the Christmas Day release of The Interview, a comedy about the assassination of North Korean leader Kim Jong-un, I'm reminded of this slim book on my desk which I sometimes flip to random pages. One has this: "In the capitalist system of filmmaking the director is called 'director' but, in fact, the right of supervision and control over film production is entirely in the hands of the tycoons of the filmmaking industry who have the money, whereas the directors are nothing but their agents."

  • LIFESTYLE

    Exhibition captures killer shots

    Life, Kaona Pongpipat, Published on 19/11/2014

    » At around 7pm on May 13, 2010, Maj Gen Khattiya Sawasdipol, or Seh Daeng (Red Commander), was shot in the head while giving an interview to foreign reporters. Photographer Steve Pace was there and took the key picture. His image of the collapsed and bloodied general being carried away, published in several major newspapers worldwide, is what people still remember about this still-unresolved political assassination.

  • OPINION

    When shortwave radio was my best friend

    News, Roger Crutchley, Published on 12/03/2017

    » After 20 years the BBC is ending its foreign-language shortwave transmissions from Nakhon Sawan after failing to renegotiate its agreement with the Thai authorities. The transmissions were directed mainly at places like Afghanistan and Pakistan where radios are sometimes still the only source of news.

  • LIFESTYLE

    That precious gold statuette

    Life, Kong Rithdee, Published on 24/02/2017

    » The Oscars takes place Monday morning Thailand time. We pontificate and prognosticate the results

  • NEWS

    You've been gouged

    News, Alan Dawson, Published on 05/02/2017

    » How can we fleece you? Let me count the ways. That probably wasn't an unusual week, just a more transparent one.

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