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    On the front line of suffering

    Life, Achara Ashayagachat, Published on 16/02/2017

    » From Earth To Earth is the title of the book written by former Bangkok Post journalist Supara Janchitfah. It could be read as a testimony of how little people can become the fabric of society. And it is also intended as a personal gift to friends who have known Supara from different stages in the past 54 years.

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    A close bond

    Life, Achara Ashayagachat, Published on 27/12/2016

    » Australia and Thailand are separated by 5,788km, or eight hours on the plane. But the distance belies the strong bond between the country in the southern hemisphere and the tropical Southeast Asian Kingdom, who will celebrate 65 years of diplomatic relations next year.

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    The scholar who was there

    Life, Achara Ashayagachat, Published on 27/10/2016

    » Kasian Tejapira is a professor of political science at Thammasat University and a prolific writer who has put out books, poems and more than 1,000 academic and newspaper articles since 1981. His key works include Toppling Thaksin; The Post-Modernisation Of Thainess; Imagined Uncommunity: The Lookjin Middle Class And Thai Official Nationalism; and The Irony Of Democratisation And The Decline Of Royal Hegemony In Thailand. All of them are often referenced in academic papers and debates on Thai society.

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    Giving names to the nameless

    Life, Achara Ashayagachat, Published on 04/10/2016

    » Thongchai Winichakul just turned 59 this past Saturday, but the bloodiest moment of his life took place when he was a student 40 years ago. Now a successful scholar, the black hole remains even though he maintains that he has "dealt with that historical trauma" through a mechanism of rationale -- and never vengefulness.

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    Political fights, human rights

    Life, Achara Ashayagachat, Published on 26/09/2016

    » It's not the cruellest scene from Oct 6, 1976, but cruelty was never in short supply that morning. What Somchai Homla-or experienced is just one of many unfortunate examples that remind descendants and survivors of how ugly mobilised nationalist mobs can turn modern Thai history into a bloodbath.

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    Love, unshackled

    Life, Achara Ashayagachat, Published on 05/09/2016

    » They're not a Romeo and Juliet couple. But despite the tragic turn of fate, their romance is somewhat the envy of several girls.

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    The silent leader

    Life, Achara Ashayagachat, Published on 24/06/2016

    » Justice and equality are ingredients of a sustainable democracy, says Phuangkaew Sartprung, 74. Phuangkaew simply echoed what her father had adhered to throughout his life.

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    Israeli solutions

    Life, Achara Ashayagachat, Published on 25/04/2016

    » Simon Roded, the Israeli ambassador to Thailand, said he belongs to a generation that grew up without television and had to rely on books borrowed from a public library to keep himself entertained. Now Roded is rarely seen without his iPad, with a rim-torn cover, as he is a sort of e-book advocate for their convenience and speed.

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    Leading the way

    Life, Achara Ashayagachat, Published on 11/04/2016

    » Although a small country surrounded by hostile neighbours, Israel still shines economically. The Thai public are probably not aware of the people's extraordinary traits that make them some of the world's great innovators.

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    In search of elusive peace

    Life, Achara Ashayagachat, Published on 23/02/2016

    » The only thing that will resolve the violence in the Deep South is peace dialogue  -- this could be just a dull, standard statement. But the proclamation bitterly uttered by those living amid the tense ideological and physical struggles in Thailand's southernmost provinces, where nearly 7,000 have died in the past 12 years, deserves respectful heed.

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