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    Late King's wishes for Thai children

    News, Published on 12/01/2019

    » As Thailand celebrates National Children's Day today, I wish to share my recollection of a memorable audience with His Majesty the late King Bhumibol Adulyadej and his profound message and wishes for the children of Thailand and the world. I had the great honour to meet the late king on Nov 12, 1998. I was then serving as Unicef's regional director for East Asia and the Pacific, based in Bangkok. The occasion of my audience with the late king at Chitralada Palace was to accompany visiting Unicef executive director Carol Bellamy. Also accompanying us was the late Thai foreign minister Surin Pitsuwan. ​

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    The long, distant echoes of World War I resonate

    News, Published on 12/11/2018

    » A hundred years ago yesterday, at the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month, World War I in Europe ended. It had cost tens of millions of lives, utterly destroyed the existing political order, and paved the way for the rise of fascism and a repeat performance of global conflict in the form of World War II.

  • OPINION

    Rodents are simply a master of taste

    News, Roger Crutchley, Published on 05/08/2018

    » There was a news report last week about the arrest on the Cambodian border of a gentleman smuggling 800kgs of dead rats. Imagine that. There are plenty of ways to make money through smuggling, but bootlegging deceased rodents is not one that immediately springs to mind.

  • OPINION

    The message is definitely in the song

    News, Roger Crutchley, Published on 06/05/2018

    » While having a chat with friends about those misheard song lyrics (mondegreens) that appeared recently in this column, the conversation got around to another intriguing realm of the musical world -- country & western songs. It almost has a language of its own.

  • OPINION

    Sucking the wind out of the elections

    News, Kong Rithdee, Published on 05/05/2018

    » The verb of the week is "to dood".

  • OPINION

    Crimean conflict simmers on with Jamala's victory

    News, Leonid Bershidsky, Published on 18/05/2016

    » Ukraine may not be able to win its wars against Russian-backed rebels and against domestic corruption, but it has just beaten Russia in spectacular fashion at the Eurovision Song Contest. The political message has been amplified by the pundits, but the Russians and Ukrainian voters themselves seemed unwilling to be dragged into the propaganda war.

  • OPINION

    The sexual politics of 2016 and redefining masculinity

    News, David Brooks, Published on 30/03/2016

    » In the middle of the Civil War, a colonel named Robert McAllister from the 11th Regiment of New Jersey tried to improve the moral fibre of his men. A Presbyterian railroad contractor in private life, he lobbied and preached against profanity, drinking, prostitution and gambling. Some of the line officers in the regiment, from less genteel backgrounds, rebelled.

  • OPINION

    Apple must continue to resist FBI's 'cracking' demands

    News, Wanda Sloan, Published on 22/02/2016

    » It has been 25 years since encryption hit the computer-internet mainstream, and it is disheartening to see just how little the issue is understood.

  • OPINION

    Public apathy feeds high-level graft

    News, Published on 15/06/2015

    » Ours is a world of impunity. Allegations of corruption swarmed around Fifa for decades, culminating in mass indictments of Fifa officials last week. Yet Fifa president Sepp Blatter was re-elected four times, including after the indictments were filed. Yes, Mr Blatter has finally resigned, but only after he and dozens of federation members once again showed their scorn for honesty and the law.

  • OPINION

    Today's a great day to turn over a new leaf

    Life, Patcharawalai Sanyanusin, Published on 08/10/2014

    » Today is Wan Awk Phansa,the official end of Phansa (Buddhist Lent). It falls on the full moon day of the 11th month in the traditional lunar calendar and marks the conclusion of a three-month annual retreat during which Theravada monks are obliged to stay in their monasteries and engage in intensive meditation and reflection.

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