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    Soldier fired in 'self-defence' in Lahu death

    News, Post Reporters, Published on 21/03/2017

    » The Royal Thai Police (RTP) has insisted the extrajudicial killing of a Lahu activist, who they say was linked to drug trafficking, was carried out in self-defence.

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    Marine police 'opened fire in self-defence'

    News, Bangkok Post, Published on 18/09/2015

    » The national police chief yesterday insisted marine police were acting in self-defence when they shot at a group of Vietnamese fishing boats allegedly attacking them in Thai waters.

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    Cambodia protests killings by Thai soldiers

    Published on 12/02/2015

    » PHNOM PENH — Cambodian opposition party lawmakers have written a letter to Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha to protest against alleged extrajudicial killings of Cambodians in Thailand, according to a copy of the letter released Thursday.


    The cook did it

    Life, Bernard Trink, Published on 12/10/2015

    » Men perform more major crimes than women, but women are catching up. Calling females the weaker sex is an outmoded term. In novels and films, the butler didn't do it, but the cook did. Motives are much the same: lust, greed revenge, ambition or self-defence.


    Half a spy thriller

    Life, Published on 20/10/2014

    » Wars, the death of soldiers and civilians, are fought for a variety of reasons: some making more sense than others. Self defence is the most legitimate. All combatants, attempting to take the moral high ground, make that claim. Even that they are fighting God's battles.


    In a void of thoughts

    Life, Pimchanok Phungbun Na Ayudhya, Published on 08/02/2016

    » In a time of self-censorship, when the free mind is blocked, people are restricting their own expression, out of fear. With scepticism, I question how loudly one is allowed to think in such an Orwellian society. When a major political protest took place in March 2009, a Facebook friend asked me openly on my wall if I was a "red shirt" or a "yellow shirt" supporter. I did not answer. Yes, self-censorship. This might have been the very beginning where I -- as an individual -- started to keep my mouth shut. Instead of expressing my opinions, I choose to bottle up my thoughts and keep mum when it comes to politics.


    Suu Kyi's sad neglect

    News, Editorial, Published on 28/11/2016

    » It takes a unique grievance to inspire linked demonstrations across Southeast Asia and beyond. But last Friday, in half a dozen cities including Bangkok, protests occurred at the embassies of neighbour and fellow Asean member Myanmar. The focus was the recent escalation of violence against Rohingya people in the western state of Rakhine. The peaceful protesters, mostly from Muslim groups, were outraged at Myanmar's leader, Aung San Suu Kyi.


    The road is all the rage these days

    Brunch, Andrew Biggs, Published on 13/11/2016

    » What is more valuable in the Land of Smiles -- a brand new luxury car or the dignity of the lower classes?

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    Where hope has vanished

    Spectrum, Nanchanok Wongsamuth, Published on 21/08/2016

    » It was the spot where the villagers had found the chequered loincloth of missing land rights activist Den Khamlae a week earlier. Banjong Sanitnit, Den's brother-in-law, stopped at a nearby tree. He lit six incense sticks and poured rice whisky into a clear plastic cup so that it was a quarter full. And then he prayed.


    Beast of a political drama

    Life, Kanin Srimaneekulroj, Published on 09/09/2016

    » Ignore the giant, alien-looking kaiju on the film's posters; Shin Gojira (known in English as Godzilla Resurgence), a remake of the iconic 1954 film, is very much a relatively grounded political drama, trading in the spectacular giant-monster battles we've grown to expect of modern kaiju films for a more deliberate exploration of real-world politics, where indecision, unilateral national agendas and complicated bureaucratic protocols kill more innocent civilians than the titular kaiju ever could on its own.

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