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    Importance of travel alerts

    News, Published on 17/01/2012

    » Foreign Minister Surapong Tovichakchaikul was "disappointed" that foreign embassies did not consult him before issuing last weekend's terrorist alert. He should not be.

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    For pan-Asian peace, a Pax Pacifica

    News, Published on 09/02/2012

    » While good relations between China and the United States are critical to Asia's future, this does not mean the region will become a Sino-American duopoly. The concept of a "G2" is never going to fly in Asia.

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    Iranian cultural week ends with a bang!

    News, Published on 16/02/2012

    » Re: ''Three bomb blasts rock city'' (BP, Feb 15). Who could have guessed that the controversial Iranian cultural week at Chulalongkorn University would include a live demonstration of suicide bombing and terrorism at Phra Khanong?

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    From baptism by cyclone to a nation's fresh start

    News, Published on 17/02/2012

    » For the past four years, Myanmar has been high on the agenda of my service as secretary-general of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations. Barely four months into my five-year term, on May 2, 2008 the ferocity of Cyclone Nargis hit the Delta of the Ayyawadi River, including the commercial capital Yangon.

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    The challenge of leading Asean out of this haze

    News, Published on 08/03/2012

    » The recent escalation in the number of "hotspots" as detected from satellite imagery together with the presence of transboundary smoke haze plumes indicating burning activities on the ground in northern parts of Thailand and also covering neighbouring Myanmar and Laos have brought into sharp focus the Asean Agreement on Transboundary Haze Pollution.

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    What's the price of goodwill?

    Life, Usnisa Sukhsvasti, Published on 04/06/2012

    » It's been a while since I've been to the beach, and so a visit to Hat Nang Rong in Sattahip was a pleasant experience for me. After the high rise condominiums, modern shopping complexes and ladyboys of Pattaya, it was a relief to find a beach that was pristine, with clear blue water, white sand and no mushroom umbrellas and 50 baht beach chairs, or even somtam vendors at that.

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    Taliban holds kids hostage

    News, Published on 25/07/2012

    » There never was good reason to support the Taliban of South Asia, and now there is even less. Last week, in yet another example of the group's inhumanity, the Taliban halted polio inoculations. Commander Hafiz Gul Bahadur said polio vaccination teams should stay away from the North Waziristan territory he controls near the Afghan border.

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    A political game played with fear, hatred and anger

    News, Voranai Vanijaka, Published on 11/11/2012

    » A Shinawatra only has to sneeze, and the entire country catches a cold _ it's a dangerous political game being played.

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    Thailand's superpower courtship

    News, Thitinan Pongsudhirak, Published on 19/11/2012

    » Whether it comes out of Bangkok or Washington, foreign policy ultimately derives from domestic politics. Long after United States President Barack Obama leaves Bangkok on this round of shuttle visits to three mainland Southeast Asian nations as part of his East Asia Summit (EAS) tour, Thailand's foreign relations will still be stuck and able to find traction only at the margins without much forward direction from the middle until the country's domestic tension and turmoil find a lasting political settlement and a new equilibrium.

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    A robust helping hand for displaced Rohingya, please

    News, Vitit Muntarbhorn, Published on 25/02/2013

    » Although the term "Rohingya" is subject to various interpretations, it has been used in recent times primarily to cover the ethnic Muslim minority found in Myanmar's Rakhine State. Rohingya have sadly been in the news because of the violence, discrimination, dispossession and marginalisation to which they have been subjected. The depth of their tragedy cries out for a robust helping hand from their state of origin and the international community.

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