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    Ukraine is free

    News, Postbag, Published on 07/05/2016

    » In his April 30 commentary, "Clowning around is no joke anymore", Kong Rithdee claimed that: "From Ukraine to Egypt, from Myanmar to Malaysia, satirists have been threatened, charged and sometimes jailed."

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    British petulance is shaping European Union's future

    News, Gwynne Dyer, Published on 24/02/2016

    » What would you call a country that called for "a structure under which [Europe] can dwell in peace, in safety and in freedom ... a kind of United States of Europe" at the end of the Second World War (Winston Churchill, 1946), but refused to join that structure when its European neighbours actually began building it (European Economic Community, or EEC, 1957)?

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    Is it time for the United States to dump Saudi Arabia?

    News, Published on 05/02/2016

    » After the recent execution of Shia cleric Nimr al-Nimr by Saudi Arabia, the Middle East once again risks devolving into sectarian chaos. A mob torched the Saudi Embassy in Tehran, prompting Saudi Arabia and a number of its Sunni allies to break diplomatic relations with Iran.

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    Angel delight is a passing fad

    Life, Pichaya Svasti, Published on 28/01/2016

    » Angel child dolls, or luk thep in Thai, have become widely known since the middle of last year and increasingly popular, especially among those in the entertainment business who believe the dolls bring them good fortune. The trend for luk thep -- dolls with added spirits of angels that are believed to have the power to fulfill the wishes of their owners -- has become a centre of criticism since a number of owners treat their dolls as if they are real infants in public.

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    Why is Pheu Thai so worried?

    Veera Prateepchaikul, Published on 03/11/2015

    » Pheu Thai is up in arms over Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha's use of Section 44 to protect officials clearing the huge stockpile of ageing rice and investigating suspected graft in the party's pledging scheme from civil and criminal litigation and disciplinary action.

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    Indifference is the danger to our faith

    News, Ploenpote Atthakor, Published on 24/09/2015

    » It's like deja vu. Some self-proclaimed Buddhist protection organisations are complaining loudly about a movie which tells a story about wayward monks. They believe those involved in this movie, which is titled Abat which means monastic misconduct, have an ulterior motive against the country's main religion.

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    This is no time for nationalism

    Life, Adam Kohut, Published on 28/08/2015

    » Tragedy is a strange, contradictory thing. It breaks and it binds. It destroys and it builds. It opens and it closes. When an earthquake, or a storm, or a man's gun, or a bomb takes human lives, there is first anger, sadness, confusion. There is fear. There is grief. There is great pain. But this is followed by a period of mourning, and then of consolation, of comfort, of determination and of strength.

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    'Happiness' is here to stay

    Life, Kanokporn Chanasongkram, Published on 31/07/2015

    » Earlier this week, I watched a morning TV news programme showing a video clip of Thai soldiers effortlessly dancing to a catchy luk thung number, after performing slower and more precise movements to Khuen Kwam Suk Hai Prathet Thai (Return Happiness To Thailand) — the theme song of the National Council for Peace and Order (NCPO).

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    Put an end to conscription for good of all

    News, Surasak Glahan, Published on 23/04/2018

    » Last week, I believe it must have been heartbreaking for many Thais who watched a video clip of a young man weeping and almost fainting upon learning he was drafted to serve in the army for two years via the annual conscription round. Yet, I also believe that many of them would oppose any proposal to abolish military conscription, a phenomenon that has long existed by default.

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    Regulate innovation but don't kill it

    Asia focus, Tanyatorn Tongwaranan, Published on 23/04/2018

    » It's been an exhausting few weeks for Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg, who stands accused of failing to prevent major data breaches and malign interference in the political process in the US and elsewhere. The CEO of the world's largest social network was roasted by US lawmakers in 10 hours of hearings for failing to protect Facebook users' private data.

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