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  • News & article

    'My country's got' these socio-political ills

    News, Thitinan Pongsudhirak, Published on 02/11/2018

    » The explosive Rap Against Dictatorship music video that has taken Thailand by storm has raised myriad socio-political questions and issues. Known in Thai as <i>Prathet Ku Mee</i>, the sensational music video has been viewed on YouTube more than 25 million times in just 10 days in a country of 69 million people, a feat in its own right and a record for its artistic kind in Thailand. How this five-minute rap song in the Thai language has done so much says a lot about where Thailand has been and where it is going.

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    Global turmoil and Thailand's political reset

    News, Thitinan Pongsudhirak, Published on 21/12/2018

    » As the world moves into 2019, there is a consensus that the roughly seven-decade-old rules-based liberal international order no longer works. Either it has to be fundamentally revamped to suit new realities and the international distribution of power and wealth, or it will be increasingly violated and marginalised. In a remarkable parallel, Thailand's hitherto political order that lasted about seven decades also requires adjustment and recalibration.

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    Keeping up with the cartels

    News, Wassayos Ngamkham, Published on 26/11/2018

    » A super-elite family background and close connections to the powers that be -- including Deputy Prime Minister Prawit Wongsuwon -- have not lessened the worth of the new chief of the Narcotics Suppression Bureau (NSB), Chinnaphat Sarasin.

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    Sax star comes to town

    Life, Published on 30/10/2018

    » Muangboran, the great outdoor museum in Samut Prakan, will be the venue for an exclusive concert by contemporary saxophone superstar Kenny G on Nov 10 from 5pm.

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    Superstition killed the turtle

    Life, Published on 08/10/2018

    » Throughout the 25 years of her life, Om Sin -- a sea turtle from Chon Buri -- was a symbol of luck and longevity to people who threw coins into her concrete pond believing that doing so would bring them prosperity. Little did she know that it would bring bad luck upon herself.

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    Paradise?

    Life, Published on 05/06/2018

    » Leaves sway, sand sparkles as the Sun shines brightly over the blue-green water. The 300m-long white beach of Maya Bay looks quiet and serene. It's a strange sight: Not a single visitor in sight, not a sign or noise from the long-tail or speedboats that usually dump hordes of tourists on the curved beach.

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    Contemporary mission

    Life, Published on 10/04/2018

    » A few months prior to its 10th anniversary, the Bangkok Art and Culture Centre (BACC) made a major announcement: a new director. As of March 1, Pawit Mahasarinand has taken the helm of the city's main art venue and the largest public-funded art centre in the country, a surprising choice to many, though an entirely welcoming one.

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    Old media must learn new tricks, seminar told

    News, Taam Yingcharoen, Published on 14/03/2018

    » Mainstream news agencies must fight to avoid being left behind in an era where technology has caused a paradigm shift in how people absorb information, a seminar was told yesterday.

  • News & article

    Broken hearts and travel dreams

    Life, Karnjana Karnjanatawe, Published on 09/08/2016

    » The latest short film of the Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT) has received more than 2.6 million hits online within the first three days after it was launched on Aug 1.

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    World of Wellness

    Asia focus, Published on 03/08/2015

    » Immerse yourself in a milky, floral bath amid soft music, enjoy a massage with aromatic herbal oils to relax your muscles, or open up your pores and rejuvenate your skin in a sauna. The choices are endless in the growing world of wellness spas and resorts. With more than 100 million trips taken every year, wellness tourism is booming in Asia Pacific.

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