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    Court martial case

    Life, Bernard Trink, Published on 09/03/2015

    » Military court martials tend to be short, their verdicts swiftly carried out. Unlike civilian courts, lawyers don't come up with reasons to delay or overturn sentences. The Code of Military Justice is more clear-cut, less filled with loopholes.

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    A treaty for peace

    Life, Bernard Trink, Published on 23/11/2017

    » Following the two-decade-long Napoleonic Wars, Europe, not least France, licked its wounds and agreed "never again". Then they set about making a lasting peace. They felt able to do it. It was the Age of Reason and they were was intelligent as one could be in 1815.

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    Indian pirates

    Life, Bernard Trink, Published on 26/10/2017

    » Pirates have been around as long as people travelled and traded by sea. A young Julius Caesar was among their prey two millennia ago. The fledgling US Navy pulverised those on the Barbary Coast two centuries ago. Still the pirates persevere -- from the Somali variety to those in the Pacific.

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    Off the bad guys

    Life, Bernard Trink, Published on 23/06/2017

    » Nations are paranoid, apprehensive that they will be attacked from one direction or another. History has shown that today's friends may well be tomorrow's enemies. So they pre-emptively draw up plans for war against neighbours and distant lands, stockpiling weapons.

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    A Cold War thriller

    Life, Bernard Trink, Published on 26/01/2017

    » The time was when visiting the USSR was difficult and leaving it impossible. Lenin and Stalin had built the ideal state and close contact with the outside world would only contaminate it. Until Hitler offered a deal they couldn't refuse -- to slice up Poland between them.

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    Books of secrets

    Life, Anchalee Kongrut, Published on 30/11/2016

    » Pintima Lertsomboon, a librarian at Thammasat University, remembered trying to work on Oct 14 in order to soothe the bereavement brought by news of the death of His Majesty King Bhumibol. Her task as librarian usually offers her peace of mind. She has been tasked to separate the cremation books out of 10,000 rare books in the library, putting them in their own category.

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    Far-fetched plot

    Life, Bernard Trink, Published on 02/12/2016

    » Three decades ago a Baltimore, Maryland, insurance man Tom Clancy entered the literary world with The Hunt For Red October. Acclaimed critically and popularly, he never looked back. Never in the military, his interest and research in the weapons of war elevated him to the rank of military analyst.

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    A bit rich

    Life, Bernard Trink, Published on 06/01/2017

    » I learned the oldest of lessons as a social investigator in the Big Apple. The great wish of the poor is to become rich and the rich want to become richer. It was interesting to observe how they went about it. Unlike the middle class, the poor didn't have a work ethic. They felt entitled to unearned income.

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    Finding inspiration in the classics

    Life, Anchalee Kongrut, Published on 22/08/2016

    » Media gurus love to harp that print media is a sunset industry. Few of them can offer a solution. Yet editors and publishers see where the tide will turn when they look at Atikhom Khunavuth, journalist, founder and editor-in-chief of Way Magazine. The 46-year-old always looks at the publishing scene with insight and perspective; he moved his magazine online while turning his monthly print version into a thick quarterly volume for subscription only. Respected as a man with content, Atikhom shares his reading list.

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    Wealth of interviews

    Life, Bernard Trink, Published on 08/02/2016

    » Interviewing was one of my functions back in the day. Rather than the top I focused on those lower on the totem-pole, accepting the common belief that everybody has a story to tell. The column appeared weekly. We didn't meet over a drink or during a meal. (I had no expense account.)

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