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    Pitfalls on the path toward enlightenment

    Life, Patcharawalai Sanyanusin, Published on 18/06/2018

    » Money is a tantalising thing, coveted by many. But worldly goods can pose a threat to those who are called to a higher order. The seven ex-monks from three famous Bangkok temples who were in the media limelight over the weeks are no exception.

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    A lesson in moderation

    Life, Arusa Pisuthipan, Published on 10/07/2017

    » When the Lord Buddha gave his first sermon on living life in moderation more than 2,500 years ago, he might not have appreciated the fact that people are greedy these days.

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    Ban toxic glyphosate

    News, Postbag, Published on 26/05/2018

    » According to a May 24 report, the Hazardous Substance Committee, in reference to a ban on three toxic pesticides, said "there were insufficient studies confirming they were health hazards", and thus have allowed their continued use. One of the three is glyphosate, known as "Roundup".

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    About politics

    News, Published on 18/03/2017

    » Politicians of all hues have put aside their differences to remember Yuwadee Tunyasiri v Pathum Thani monks reticent about finding fault with Phra Dhammajayo v City police chief Sanit gets a temporary reprieve from the Ombudsman

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    Lost in translation

    News, Postbag, Published on 02/03/2017

    » I enjoyed Somsak Pola's comments in his March 2 letter, "Writing without rules" about the Thai vs English languages. However I take exception to: "The problem with Grade 6 students, however, is not regarding writing. It is about misspelling, using slang and colloquialisms which should be easy to fix. Mai pen rai."

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    Graft is not good for China's growth

    News, Tom Orlik, Published on 29/06/2016

    » Some critics dismiss President Xi Jinping's massive anti-graft campaign as a political witch hunt directed at his enemies. Others have a different complaint: They argue that bribes and favours have historically served as the grease in the wheels of China's growth. By disrupting the traditional flow of business, they contend, Mr Xi's graft enforcers have brought the country's economic engine grinding to a halt.

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    Justice fails test in temple stand-off

    News, Atiya Achakulwisut, Published on 31/05/2016

    » No matter how it turns out, the stand-off between the Department of Special Investigation (DSI) and Wat Phra Dhammakaya has underscored a combination of extreme conviction and weak enforcement of the justice system that has underpinned Thailand's many crises.

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    Tigers, greed: The modern Thai temple

    News, Anchalee Kongrut, Published on 06/06/2016

    » Among the most notorious of the influential monks, it's Luang Ta Chan, otherwise known as Phra Archan Phusit Khantitharo, the abbot of the Tiger Temple in Kanchanaburi, who amazes me the most.

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    Take a break, Sorayuth

    News, Editorial, Published on 02/03/2016

    » It was business as usual for TV news anchor Sorayuth Suthasanajinda and Channel 3 the morning after the Criminal Court on Monday found the former guilty of cheating the Mass Communications Organisation of Thailand (MCOT) out of 138.7 million baht in advertising revenue.

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    Fuzzy Thai logic

    News, Postbag, Published on 19/10/2019

    » Historically, fear of communist regimes has been used by politicians to keep them alive, strive and win elections. In the USA, politicians always create a hostile enemy and introduce a powerful fear factor to get elected. For most of the last century, the USA treated China, the Soviet Union, Cuba and Sandinistas as a threat to democracy and the whole world. First, it was Soviets, later China, and in this new century, al-Qaeda and the Islamic State became the new threat. And now they have a new enemy -- immigrants from across the border from Mexico and South America. A whole generation of Americans grew up dreaming about communists taking away their freedom and democracy. Sadly, even today a big lobby of Cuban immigrants in Florida keeps those fears alive.

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