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    Fifty Shades author announces new novel

    Life, Published on 28/01/2019

    » The author of the blockbuster Fifty Shades novels is returning with a new, erotic book that she calls a "Cinderella romance for the 21st century".

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    Getting away with it

    Life, Chris Baker, Published on 23/11/2018

    » From 1977 to 1988, there were at least 1,436 alleged cases of arbitrary detention, 58 forced disappearances, 148 torture, and 345 extrajudicial killings in Thailand. We know these figures because an NGO investigated and reported these cases at a time when the idea of human rights excited optimism about justice and the rule of law. Amnesty International encouraged international activists to protest individual cases. Thai authorities investigated and whitewashed each case. This became standard procedure. After a time the NGO gave up. Nobody was punished.

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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 new sleuth

    Life, Bernard Trink, Published on 15/09/2017

    » Society is based on the deal that in return for protection and security, the authorities have permission to define our rights, inalienable and otherwise. Laws and regulations apply. Nothing is more disconcerting than when they overstep their limits.

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    Who is Elena Ferrante? Supporters say NOYB

    Life, Published on 07/10/2016

    » The readers of Elena Ferrante are devoted -- and fiercely protective -- of that anonymous Italian author. That much was clear from the swift and unforgiving backlash after an investigative journalist used financial documents to suggest in an article published on Sunday that Anita Raja, an Italian translator, was behind Ferrante's books.

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    Almost famous

    Asia focus, Nareerat Wiriyapong, Published on 23/05/2016

    » At first glance, Michael Punke doesn't look very different from his peers at the World Trade Organization (WTO) in Geneva except for his extraordinary height. When the nattily dressed 51-year-old talks about his role as a trade negotiator representing the US government, he sounds convincing and determined to pursue what can be a controversial job.

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    Pages of GLT history

    Life, Melalin Mahavongtrakul, Published on 21/03/2016

    » One by one, vintage magazines that were kept inside ziplock bags were slowly pulled out from within a steel cupboard. The yellowed pages of the publication and the outdated fashion apparel of the half-naked cover boy spoke for the period it was published.  

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    Criminals, cops, competition

    Life, Bernard Trink, Published on 16/11/2015

    » One of the first things all living things realise is they must compete to survive. The planet has limitations. Not nearly enough of everything to go around. Competition defines who are the winners, who fall by the wayside. In sports and war, business and romance, the winners get what the prize is they seek.

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    First and foremost

    Life, Published on 19/10/2015

    » In days of yore, before movies, television, plays and books, there were men who earned a living by going from community to community reciting poetry, original and by others. Long poems, usually mythological epics of war and their heros, taking a week, they were the entertainment of the time.

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    A life full of changes in rhythm

    Life, Published on 13/04/2015

    » When Philip Glass was 15, his father, who owned a record store in Baltimore, put him in charge of buying classical albums. Glass was then a precocious freshman at the University of Chicago and taking the first steps on the path to becoming a composer. When he learned of a new recording of the complete Schoenberg string quartets played by the Juilliard String Quartet, he ordered four copies. Aghast, his father asked if he was trying to put him out of business. To teach his son a lesson, he told him to put the recordings of these atonal chamber works on the shelves with the more mainstream classical records and report back when the last copy had been sold. That took seven years. The lesson Glass learned? "I can sell anything if I have enough time."

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