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  • THAILAND

    Brave student sees beyond his disability

    Spectrum, Jeerawat Na Thalang, Published on 28/02/2016

    » Describing himself as "man of science", Pawin Piamthai refuses to succumb to his fate. In August, he will become the first blind student at one of the most selective colleges, the faculty of engineering at Chulalongkorn University.

  • THAILAND

    Putting traditional Chinese medicine to the test

    News, Adam Minter, Published on 17/09/2015

    » Toad skins and turtle shells aren't the cures most westerners turn to when they learn they've developed cancer. But in China, the market for traditional remedies like these grew 35% last year, twice as fast as the overall anti-cancer market. Though the effectiveness of these treatments is unproven, Western doctors, elite medical institutions and pharmaceutical companies are starting to put them to the scientific test.

  • THAILAND

    The Cannes spectacle begins

    Life, Published on 08/05/2018

    » The 71st Cannes Film Festival opens tonight and for the next 10 days its red-carpet glitz, cinematic debates and potential controversies will dominate the news cycle -- exhaust it, to be precise. While security was a talking point last year, the world's largest movie event in 2018 has already invoked discussion through several structural changes -- from moving the opening to Tuesday instead of Wednesday, the revamp of the press screening schedule that has never changed for decades, and notably the selection of films that hints at Cannes' readiness to become less predictable.

  • THAILAND

    Top 5 social media stories of the year

    News, Anucha Charoenpo, Published on 30/12/2017

    » The influence of social media on society today is of profound importance, and 2017 was no exception. This past year was one when netizens widely used social media platforms to scrutinise matters of public interest. Below are the top five news stories of the year that spread online mostly through social media initially in a much faster and wider manner before the mainstream media picked up and pursued them.

  • THAILAND

    A kerbside view of Thai politics

    Spectrum, Paritta Wangkiat, Published on 16/07/2017

    » On the day the doors of Phitsanulok Mansion were opened for Chalerm Changthongmadan, he felt his existence was recognised for the first time in his life.

  • THAILAND

    Land of promise, last resort

    Spectrum, Published on 29/10/2017

    » 'Poor people like us / How much could we really expect?" These lyrics are from a homemade music video on the "Thai migrant labor in Israel" Facebook page, set against clips of Thai farmers picking bushels of pomegranates and loading them onto massive pickup trucks.

  • THAILAND

    To be or not to be in Thailand

    Spectrum, Jeerawat Na Thalang, Published on 30/04/2017

    » Most Thais regard William Shakespeare's plays as high art which they have to climb a balcony to understand, though they may be surprised to find that the Bard's plays are not all Greek to them.

  • THAILAND

    Our top 10 stories in a year that will be hard to forget

    Spectrum, Published on 25/12/2016

    » Over the past year 'Spectrum' has reported a wide range of issues to give readers valuable insights. Our reporter ambushed the monk who helped Leicester City to their shock English Premier League title to get an exclusive. Another reporter blended in with Chinese yuppies in the new business district of Bangkok to find out why they decided to migrate to Thailand. Two reporters did a series of stories on the Tiger Temple by hanging out with the veterinarian, monks and national park officers to listen to all sides. We were determined to find the truth. Last month we also went up to Chiang Mai to talk to Hmong girls wrongly accused of stealing a British tourist's watch. Here are the top 10 stories in another exciting year of reporting.

  • NEWS

    The Donald Trumps His Opponents

    Spectrum, Published on 25/12/2016

    » The biggest political upset of the year was pulled off by Donald J Trump. The billionaire businessman-cum-reality TV star won the US election in a historic vote on Nov 8. The move seemed unthinkable to many when the president-elect first put his name in the running.

  • THAILAND

    Who carried out Bangkok's deadly bombing?

    AFP, Published on 20/08/2015

    » Confusion swirls around who carried out Bangkok's deadly bombing. But experts say the unprecedented scale of Monday's attack and apparent targeting of tourists could indicate a game-changing escalation of tactics for the country's usual suspects -- or an entirely new threat.

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