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    Documenting the eye of the storm

    Life, Achara Ashayagachat, Published on 21/01/2015

    » When 46-year-old Nikolaus Freiherr von Nostitz, better known as Nick, sent emails to his contacts on Dec 20 seeking financial help, some thought it was a scam. Soliciting donations is uncharacteristic of the outspoken but humble Nostitz. For years, people could see that the German was a modest guy who roamed around Bangkok on his decade-old Kawasaki GTO motorcycle to cover the turbulent transformation of Thai politics, from both sides (or more) of the conflict.

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    The silent leader

    Life, Achara Ashayagachat, Published on 24/06/2016

    » Justice and equality are ingredients of a sustainable democracy, says Phuangkaew Sartprung, 74. Phuangkaew simply echoed what her father had adhered to throughout his life.

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    In search of elusive peace

    Life, Achara Ashayagachat, Published on 23/02/2016

    » The only thing that will resolve the violence in the Deep South is peace dialogue  -- this could be just a dull, standard statement. But the proclamation bitterly uttered by those living amid the tense ideological and physical struggles in Thailand's southernmost provinces, where nearly 7,000 have died in the past 12 years, deserves respectful heed.

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    Speaking for the silent

    Life, Achara Ashayagachat, Published on 10/12/2015

    » Circumstances make heroes and heroines. The more bluntly and bloodily repressive Thai society acts against the exploited and vulnerable, the more people will stand up to help protect the marginalised.

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    The workaholic ambassador

    Life, Achara Ashayagachat, Published on 29/09/2015

    » As a diplomat it's natural that he always tries to be discreet and constructive when engaging in all aspects of Thai society. Still, the 49-year-old UK Ambassador to Thailand Mark Kent is not afraid to speak his mind.

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    On the front, online

    Life, Achara Ashayagachat, Published on 10/06/2015

    » From a boy nostalgic for China, to a self-educated media lone ranger, Sa-nguan Khumrungroj exemplifies the age of citizen journalism in the terrain of both political and foreign affairs.

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    Building a constitution

    Life, Achara Ashayagachat, Published on 24/06/2014

    » At 93 and 84, these women have lived through 19 coups d’etats, and presumably feel nonchalant about most of them — including the latest one on May 22.

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    Festival of Healing

    Life, Achara Ashayagachat, Published on 07/01/2014

    » The Narathiwat district of Rueso has a reputation _ undeserved, some would say _ for being a hotspot of insurgency. Home to some 60,000 people, it tends to be categorised by the security forces as "troublesome", lumped together with neighbouring districts like Bacho, Yi-ngo, Rangae and Si Sakhon as well as Raman and Bannang Sata in the adjoining province of Yala. All of these areas have become notorious over the past few decades as bases for armed separatists operating in the far South _ or have been labelled as such by outsiders.

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