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    Myanmar must open up

    News, Editorial, Published on 04/07/2017

    » Myanmar authorities continue to take actions that ultimately harm both the country and its image. Last week, the army, which is behind the times in helping the country to democracy, arrested three journalists for doing their jobs. Then the government, which should know better, issued a defiant statement that it was banning all United Nations investigators. There was no good reason for either action, and they are black marks on democracy hero Aung San Suu Kyi's government.


    War on Drugs: Death for killer cops

    Jon Fernquest, Published on 31/07/2012

    » Death penalty for the 3 police who killed 17 year-old motorcycle thief, hanging him from ceiling of hut after release from police station on bail.


    War on drugs, without extrajudicial killing

    Jon Fernquest, Published on 09/06/2011

    » This time all parties are renouncing the mass-killing of Thaksin's war on drugs in their anti-drug policies.


    War of words

    Terry Fredrickson, Published on 28/04/2011

    » The Thai PM sets his conditions for ceasefire talks as both sides accuse the other of starting the border skirmishes.


    The Cold War: Phase 2

    Life, Bernard Trink, Published on 18/04/2016

    » The implosion of the Soviet empire was greeted with a sigh of relief in democracies by all but the cloak-and-dagger novelists. Who would replace the Soviet Union as the common enemy? To be sure, terrorists are sinister, but they lack the cohesiveness that was a mark of the KGB.


    A new crime series

    Life, Bernard Trink, Published on 01/06/2015

    » Time was when James Patterson penned a crime novel annually. Then semi-annually. Then seasonally. At the rate this reviewer is now receiving them, they seem to be coming out weekly. No sooner do I critique one than the next crosses my desk. Alone and with his team of co-authors, he's clearly on a roll.


    A crime-busting dog

    Life, Bernard Trink, Published on 18/11/2016

    » What is the most intelligent animal? Orangutans, dolphins and pigs are in competition for that honour. Yank author Robert Crais claims dogs. Training hones their natural skills. They have the advantage of hearing that is seven times sharper than man's, not to mention their sharp sense of smell.


    Howling good reads

    Life, Arusa Pisuthipan, Published on 09/08/2017

    » Big Bad Wolf, the 24-hour English-language book sale, returns at Hall 9 of Impact Muang Thong Thani starting on Friday, until Aug 27.


    Dead "not insurgents"

    Terry Fredrickson, Published on 01/02/2012

    » Government and military authorities are coming closer to admitting that the killing and injuring of Muslim villagers in Pattani Sunday was a bad mistake.


    Doc lovers rejoice!

    Life, Kong Rithdee, Published on 18/03/2016

    » It is high time for audiences who appreciate the rough-edged reality of documentary films. Of the five nominees of the Oscar for best documentary feature, three had a regular release in Bangkok cinemas (Amy, Cartel Land, The Look of Silence), something unthinkable a few years ago when no distributor wanted to risk showing non-fiction films in cinemas. Now there is almost always at least one documentary film at SF CentralWorld, with the initiation of the independent outfit Documentary Club (in the programme now is The Hunting Ground, about rape crimes in American universities).

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