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    Dark side of the force

    Spectrum, Tunya Sukpanich, Published on 06/10/2013

    » Early on the morning of Jan 20, 2011, a single gunshot rang out at Prachin Buri's Raboh Phai police station.

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    Out of mind, in plain sight

    Spectrum, Tunya Sukpanich, Published on 21/07/2013

    » Son was a familiar figure wandering aimlessly and obviously "out of it" in Rangsit district, where he lived in a local temple. Rescue workers came to the temple in response to a call from a concerned citizen and took him for treatment at a government mental hospital, and slowly he regained his wits and memory. Son couldn't remember anything about his family but fortunately they did not forget him. Now he is safe, recuperating at his home in Chaiyaphum province. Son is one of a lucky few suffering from severe mental illness on the streets who receive attention and help. Most suffer in silence and loneliness.

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    Jet-setting monk flies into turbulence

    Spectrum, Tunya Sukpanich, Published on 07/07/2013

    » He's a high-flying monk who stirred controversy when he was filmed aboard a private jet donning designer sunglasses and high-tech gadgets last month. But Phra Wirapol Sukphol now appears set for a hard landing as supporters and critics face off over accusations of fraud, money laundering and sexual misconduct at his Si Sa Ket monastery.

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    Breathing new life into the South's abandoned paddies

    Spectrum, Tunya Sukpanich, Published on 24/02/2013

    » At a training centre at the Buffalo Conservation Village in Suphan Buri province, some 120 villagers from Pattani province _ both Muslims and Buddhists _ are learning new farming methods, part of a government initiative aimed at revitalising rice production in the South.

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    Merger of HIV/Aids plans praised, but follow-up needed

    Spectrum, Tunya Sukpanich, Published on 24/06/2012

    » HIV/Aids activists are hailing Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra's decision in a cabinet meeting on Thursday to merge medical benefits for those suffering from the disease. But they caution that treatment standards must be set and maintained once the merger goes forward.

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    Map Ta Phut locals demand say in industrial safeguards

    Spectrum, Tunya Sukpanich, Published on 20/05/2012

    » Two weeks after two horrific chemical accidents at Map Ta Phut industrial estate left 12 people dead and hundreds injured, many who reside near the estate are still living in fear. They are demanding to know why there were no effective safeguards in place to protect them despite many chemical accidents occurring in the area over the past few years.

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    Pioneering advocate for worker health says battle still uphill

    Spectrum, Tunya Sukpanich, Published on 15/04/2012

    » In 1993 when Somboon Sikhamdokkae discovered she was suffering from an occupational lung disease caused by working in a textile factory, she decided to establish a group to help other sick workers.

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    Women's fund will result in more debt than development, say critics

    Spectrum, Tunya Sukpanich, Published on 01/04/2012

    » It was one of the Pheu Thai Party's flagship policies _ a massive 7.7 billion baht National Development Fund for Women, ostensibly to redress gender inequality. In practice, however, the fund has become a lightning rod for controversy with critics contending that its aims are too vague, its management not transparent, registration requirements too onerous and that it is more likely to result in crippling debt for women than greater opportunities. They also question whether the move is merely a Pheu Thai tactic to reward and bolster support in rural areas.

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    Living over troubled waters

    Spectrum, Tunya Sukpanich, Published on 01/01/2012

    » Obstructions along canals in Bangkok and nearby provinces are commonly cited as a major factor behind this year's flood disaster. However, clearing them has proved a thorny issue for authorities as it means not only removing debris and sediment, but also tearing down people's makeshift homes.

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    Rising youth crime levels confound justice system

    Spectrum, Tunya Sukpanich, Published on 22/01/2012

    » On Jan 11, five teenagers in Si Sa Ket province were arrested for shooting and killing an innocent woman. They later confessed to police that they were involved in a conflict with other teenagers in the village and one of them, in a rage, got hold of a gun and fired randomly into the woman's house, killing her.

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