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    Empower the poor, transform Thailand

    Life, Achara Ashayagachat, Published on 28/01/2015

    » Marc Saxer has never been shy to voice his opinion. Tonight the resident director of Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung (FES) — and sometimes-contributor to the Bangkok Post — will launch his book, In The Vertigo Of Change, at the residence of the German ambassador.

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    Report from the far South

    Life, Kong Rithdee, Published on 15/01/2018

    » The first issue of The Melayu Review has the clean sophistication of a respectable literary journal. The layout is unfussy, the photographs black-and-white, and the text in Thai, in shipshape blocks. An editor's note on the first page quotes Dostoyevsky: "But how could you live and have no story to tell?"

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    A geopolitical pivot

    Life, Published on 01/12/2017

    » During the Indochina War years from the 1950s through to the 1970s, America's seven military bases in Thailand symbolised the extraordinary extent of US influence over the politics and development of the Kingdom. In the subsequent 30 years, American influence in Thailand has slowly but steadily waned, largely supplanted by a rising China. Thailand, which had been a linchpin of America's Asian strategy, is now instead a linchpin of China's Asian strategy. American soldiers on R&R have been replaced by Chinese tourists, American airbases by plans for Chinese high-speed rail links. China, not the US, is now Thailand's largest trading partner.

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    A variety of attractions at Book Expo

    Life, Published on 18/10/2017

    » Book Expo Thailand will kick-start today with an exciting array of books of all genres and interesting exhibitions and activities running until Oct 29, at Queen Sirikit National Convention Center, Ratchadaphisek Road. It's open daily from 10am-9pm.

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    Knowledge of a king

    Life, Peerawat Jariyasombat, Published on 20/10/2017

    » Tourism Authority of Thailand has launched Wicha Kao Na (Nine Subjects Of Knowledge), a book inspired by the wisdom of the late King Bhumibol Adulyadej.

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    Dissecting a nation

    Life, Kong Rithdee, Published on 19/06/2017

    » Pasuk Phongpaichit's and Chris Baker's house is a verdant abode at the end of a maze in an Ekamai sub-soi. The garden at the back has tall trees and a small, tea-coloured pond. The whole area used to be a swamp, said Baker. The couple, both highly respected scholars in Thai studies, have been living there since 1987, or in their lexicon, "just before the boom" -- the high-flying economic expansion whose seismic shifts forever transformed Thailand in the early 1990s. Had they wanted to purchase the plot slightly later than they actually did -- after the boom had set in -- they wouldn't have been able to. "We came just before the high-rises."

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    Be prepared

    Life, Bernard Trink, Published on 09/06/2017

    » A reporter outside my homeland for more than a half-century, I never had the gall to call myself a foreign correspondent, lacking the qualifications of working for an American publication -- my byline in India, Japan and Thailand notwithstanding -- even though Time magazine gave me an honourable mention.

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    The good part is ... Prabda, in English

    Life, Sawarin Suwichakornpong, Published on 07/04/2017

    » Loneliness is a quiet dilemma. Many of Edward Hopper's celebrated paintings are a testament to this truism. In New York Movie, for example, the painting splits into halves. The left side depicts a movie theatre with silhouettes of viewers and what's being shown on the screen. We are, however, drawn to the right: An usherette, tall, lean, blonde, has her left hand supporting her elbow, her chin touching her right hand. Her pensive gesture suggests she is far away from the wall that separates her from the moviegoers. She probably has seen the movie countless times but her countenance compels us to wonder what is taking place in her mind.

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    Taking the long view

    Life, Sawarin Suwichakornpong, Published on 19/10/2017

    » In Greek mythology, Mnemosyne is the goddess of memory. Impregnated by Zeus, she gave birth to the nine muses with whom artists, poets, musicians, writers and historians are familiar. As a daughter of Uranus, Mnemosyne is also a goddess of time; she provides the role of rote memorisation and invents language and words where her daughters, the muses, pick up and render them. She is a goddess that makes memory alive and is often acquainted with vivid remembrance.

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    Tracing King Bhumibol's legacy of virtuous characteristics

    Life, Patcharawalai Sanyanusin, Published on 17/10/2017

    » It has been a year since King Bhumibol's passing, but the picture of our beloved monarch is still vivid in our minds. This is mainly because of his virtues that capture our hearts and become valuable legacies for all of us.

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