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    Chalerm warns protesters of possible more attacks

    Online Reporters, Published on 02/04/2014

    » Caretaker Labour Minister Chalerm Yubamrung warned anti-government protesters on Wednesday of being further targeted by their rivals as police search for clues in a shocking attack on the expressway on Tuesday.

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    For Japanese novelist Sayaka Murata, odd is the new normal

    Life, Published on 15/06/2018

    » Keiko, a defiantly oddball 36-year-old woman, has worked in a dead-end job as a convenience store cashier in Tokyo for half her life. She lives alone and has never been in a romantic relationship, or even had sex. And she is perfectly happy with all of it.

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    A mad, mad week

    News, Alan Dawson, Published on 20/05/2018

    » Week Three of the 2019-2020 election campaign was Crazy Week. There always is at least one.

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    Exhilarating escapism, Spielberg-style

    Life, Published on 30/03/2018

    » A breathless romp through virtual reality, Steven Spielberg's Ready Player One presents a T-Rex-size irony: A film that cautions us against the exhilarating escapism of digital simulacrum that divorces us from reality -- VR, 3D, Facebook, online games, movies -- is first and foremost an exhilarating escapism manufactured upon a massive digital simulacrum. Spielberg, one of the first directors to turn Hollywood into a factory of digital effects, certainly knows this. But with unruffled confidence and youthful velocity, the 71-year-old gambles that the thrills would override the insincerity -- that nobody would mind the self-defeating scruples as long as the breakneck ride keeps us glued.

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    Bead rush in Chumphon

    Terry Fredrickson, Published on 08/12/2012

    » To scholars, the ancient beads discovered in Chumphon are important clues to understanding our region’s history. To many others, however, they are a source of quick wealth.

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    Time traveller

    Life, Melalin Mahavongtrakul, Published on 04/04/2018

    » Period dramas, the sources of romanticisation of the bygone, continue to transfix viewers everywhere. From the South Korean culinary tale Dae Jang Guem, to the dramatisation of UK royalty in The Crown, or the court of Louis XIV in Versailles, or even Thailand's own See Pandin (Four Reigns), these fusions of history and fantasy offer an outlook to the past -- glorified or critical -- while also sparking interest and debate over the portrayals of historical accounts.

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    Eastern Persuasion

    Brunch, Chanun Poomsawai, Published on 01/04/2018

    » Habibi/ Cardamom Garden EP

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    When paper closed, library started one

    Business, Published on 08/02/2018

    » WEARE, New Hampshire: Weeks after Weare's only newspaper shut down, a resident had a proposal: The library should start one.

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    Possibly time to look on the bright side

    News, Roger Crutchley, Published on 07/01/2018

    » Having just about scraped through the Year of the Chicken, here we are seven days into 2018 and wondering what's in store during the Year of the Dog. It probably won't be all that great, but we'll leave the gloom and doom to the experts. Let's just hope it's a least a bit more enjoyable than the past couple of years which have really been quite awful, and almost of an annus horribilis nature.

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    The inciting incident

    Life, Kong Rithdee, Published on 06/10/2017

    » On Sept 24, 1976, two electricians were beaten and hanged to death from the top of a gate somewhere in Nakhon Pathom, victims of an escalating right-wing terror in Thai politics of that heady decade. Two weeks later, as protests against the return to the Kingdom of former dictator Gen Thanom Kittikajorn gathered steam, students at Thammasat University staged a play about the hanging of the two men. Soon the photographs of the play were used by nationalists to whip up anger and fear of communism, which led to the massacre on the morning of Oct 6 as police and militias laid siege to the university, killing, maiming and brutalising scores of people in one of the worst incidents of bloodshed in modern Thai history.

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