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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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    The paradox of pity

    Life, Parisa Pichitmarn, Published on 21/05/2018

    » Thais are notoriously hopeless when it comes to the songsarn factor. Translated to English, the word means to pity or feel sorry for -- a trait ingrained in Thais as much as to be sabai sabai and never on time.

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    Newin returns to the role of kingmaker

    News, Soonruth Bunyamanee, Published on 09/05/2018

    » The roar of the 30,000-strong crowd which welcomed Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha as he stepped into Buri Ram's Chang Arena on Monday appeared reminiscent of a similar reception afforded Thaksin Shinawatra in 2006.

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    Anti-populism law not for greater good

    News, Surasak Glahan, Published on 09/05/2018

    » Raising one finger during her campaigning to symbolise her party's ballot number ahead of the 2011 election, Yingluck Shinawatra rode a wave of popularity all the way to victory. And now the man who threw her caretaker government out of office in 2014 by force has demonstrated he is not shy of using a similar gimmick.

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    Amid the behemoths, let's hope Barnes & Noble survives

    News, David Leonhardt, Published on 09/05/2018

    » Barnes & Noble is in trouble. You hear that, in worried tones, when you talk to people in the book business. You feel it when you walk into one of the chain's stores, a cluttered mix of gifts, games, DVDs (DVDs?) and books. And you really see the problems if you dig into the company's financial statements.

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    Being legal doesn't mean it's just

    News, Postbag, Published on 29/04/2018

    » Re: "Regime must forget 'face' and do right thing".

  • News & article

    Free pass for Premchai

    News, Postbag, Published on 11/04/2018

    » Re: 'Threat to justice', (Editorial, April 9).

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    Hopes rest on new president to reinvigorate govt

    News, Larry Jagan, Published on 31/03/2018

    » President Win Myint has been sworn in as Myanmar's new president, raising hopes that with him at the helm government administration will be strengthened and revitalised.

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    'Shakespeare' must live

    Oped, Postbag, Published on 15/08/2017

    » Re: "Court cites national security to extend 'Shakespeare' ban," (BP, Aug 12). As makers of the films in question, we're writing to thank you for printing the news of our struggle for cinematic freedom. However, there is a small error of fact regarding the documentary we made while fighting the censors to rescind the ban on our Macbeth movie Shakespeare Must Die. Censor Must Die (sic, not 'Censors Must Die') was indeed submitted to the Board of Film Censors, which made the historic ruling citing Article 27(1) of the Royal Edict on Film & Video 2008 that "films made from events that actually happened" do not need to go through the censorship process. Significantly, this set a legal precedent which means that purist documentaries are now exempt from censorship. While we will indeed test this ruling soon with our next documentary film, we have not yet done so.

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    Thai TV not yet destined for global love

    News, Kong Rithdee, Published on 24/03/2018

    » The soap series Bupphaesannivas (Love Destiny) is all the rage these days in Thailand. I enjoy some parts of it, especially one memorable episode a few weeks back when the female lead, a beautiful vixen in 17th century Ayutthaya, displays her vituperative talent by shouting at her servant, "Shut up or I'll smack your mouth with my piss pot." Neither did we see the piss nor the pot, but we get the picture. There's even a YouTube clip of that.

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