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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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    Hitting High Notes

    Guru, Pornchai Sereemongkonpol, Published on 12/10/2018

    » This year saw finalists from Southeast Asia, South Korea, India, Australia and China perform at Aloft Seoul Myeongdong on Sep 20. Hanita Bhambri delivered a powerful performance of Let Me Go and is this year's winner. Through Aloft's partnership with Universal Music Group, she gets a music video and a digital release of her single to kick start her career. Although Nontree "Nate" Paitoonvongvira, who represented SEA, didn't win, he wowed the audience with a catchy performance so much that we want (you) to get to know him. You may remember him performing a jazz rendition of Britney Spears' Toxic on The Voice but there's more to this singer/interior designer.

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    Thai geopolitical balancing compromised

    News, Thitinan Pongsudhirak, Published on 06/07/2018

    » Thailand is demonstrably famous for its foreign policy balancing. From the era of imperialism and two World Wars through the Cold War, Thailand's gifted geography and diplomatic finesse and skill shepherded the country's sovereignty and independence through the thick and thin of geopolitical headwinds. Whatever happens out there, the Thais (and their Siamese forebears) had a way to diplomatically navigate and geopolitically balance their national interests to stay out of harm's way.

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    Beijing plays, Hun Sen dances

    Asia focus, Pathom Sangwongwanich, Published on 13/02/2017

    » The ever-contentious One China policy has flared up again, but this time the spark did not ignite over the Taiwan Strait or across the Pacific Ocean. Rather, it was here in Southeast Asia, Cambodia to be specific, when Prime Minister Hun Sen banned the Taiwanese and Tibetan flags.

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    Changing US security priorities could spell opportunity for Japan

    Asia focus, Erich Parpart, Published on 21/11/2016

    » China's influence on Southeast Asian security will grow, with its diplomatic clout increasing if Donald Trump makes good on promises of less intervention abroad and a concentration on rebuilding the US economy rather than extending its security reach, say experts.

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    Cool Thailand?

    Life, Kaona Pongpipat, Published on 29/04/2016

    » It is only with reference to J-pop or K-pop that we have a clue as to what the word "T-pop" could possibly mean: an attempt at cultural export -- film, music and other forms of entertainment -- to create a "Thai brand" of cool. It's better late than never, so the Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT) has recently launched a campaign, with Thai star Mario Maurer as the presenter, with the aim to boost tourism in Thailand and expand the entertainment market in China.

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    Ban toxic glyphosate

    News, Postbag, Published on 26/05/2018

    » According to a May 24 report, the Hazardous Substance Committee, in reference to a ban on three toxic pesticides, said "there were insufficient studies confirming they were health hazards", and thus have allowed their continued use. One of the three is glyphosate, known as "Roundup".

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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.

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    Kawaii in Krungthep

    Brunch, Kanin Srimaneekulroj, Published on 04/02/2018

    » Nowadays, you'd be hard pressed to walk five steps without overhearing someone gushing about their favourite BNK48 idol, or humming the band's indelible earworm Koisuru Fortune Cookie. The all-girl group has emerged as the pop sensation of the moment in Thailand.

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    The Genius of Thai cinema

    Life, Kong Rithdee, Published on 20/10/2017

    » A high-school thriller shows films from the Kingdom can be a hit on the world stage

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