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    FIFA

    Muse, Melalin Mahavongtrakul, Published on 14/06/2014

    » With flashes of green and yellow everywhere, it is now time for the Fifa World Cup 2014 in Brazil. For all of us here on the other side of the globe, what could be better than an official Fifa app for this football season?

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    Special needs, special tactics

    Life, Melalin Mahavongtrakul, Published on 23/09/2014

    » Way down a soi in the Lad Phrao area, a blue house with a red gate set into a brick wall painted white has a most welcoming feel to it when I drop by one sunny day. Inside, there is a small grassy area with a covered sandpit. Children's bicycles are piled in one corner and a vegetable garden can be seen at the back of the property. This is MA Home Play, a cosy refuge on Soi Nak Niwat 48 which caters to children battling autism and other learning disabilities.

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    What I've learned, I've learned by heart

    Life, Melalin Mahavongtrakul, Published on 02/12/2014

    » Graduating from an international school, then subsequently from a university abroad, meant one good thing for me: I was saved from the mind-boggling, overcapitalised, macabre existence that teenagers are suffering under — the Thai education system.

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    Facebook 'pride' filter shows a world of difference

    Life, Melalin Mahavongtrakul, Published on 02/07/2015

    » Now that many parts of the world are celebrating the US Supreme Court's decision to legalise same-sex marriage across their country, social media has since been flooded with the rainbow flashes and vibes. The hashtag #LoveWins is trending on Twitter and Facebook is dotted with rainbow-filtered profile pictures everywhere.

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    Coming to terms

    Life, Melalin Mahavongtrakul, Published on 20/11/2017

    » A man with short hair -- wearing a sarong around his chest the way a woman would -- is seen frolicking alone happily on a crowded beach. Lost in his own world, he seems unfazed by the scrutiny and strange looks from children, women in hijab, and men in skullcap. In the background, the sound of Islamic prayers can be heard.

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    The craft of running performance

    Life, Melalin Mahavongtrakul, Published on 04/01/2018

    » For a century-old business, thriving in today's competitive world is about embracing age-old craftsmanship while pursuing modern technical ideas. This principle was apparent when we visited Mizuno's head office in Osaka recently.

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    Life, liberty, the pursuit of marriage

    Life, Melalin Mahavongtrakul, Published on 25/06/2018

    » US ambassador hosts Bangkok's annual Pride reception

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    The scourge of fake news

    Life, Melalin Mahavongtrakul, Published on 09/07/2018

    » Last week before the 12 boys and their football coach trapped in Tham Luang cave had been located, dubious online news sources proclaimed they had been found, prompting cheers on Facebook -- only to be dismissed minutes later. The next day, the cycle repeated. Later in the week, there was even "news" of a body being found, believed to be one of the boys. It spread and was later snuffed, since it simply wasn't true.

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    The finish line

    Life, Melalin Mahavongtrakul, Published on 17/07/2018

    » When the gates opened, the jockeys drove hard and the horses thundered out on the grassy racetrack. The crowd of fortune-seekers went wild cheering for the horses they'd bet on. Some clutched a pair of binoculars. Others had eyes glued to the big screen. In the background, the announcer detailed the race's progress. After just over a minute, the horses covered 1,200m and crossed the finish line. While some continued to cheer, most of the crowd fell into a collective sigh.

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    The politics of change

    Life, Melalin Mahavongtrakul, Published on 18/03/2019

    » It is less than a week until the much-anticipated general election. For the first time in the history of Thailand, we are seeing a huge turnout of LGBTI candidates from different professions and backgrounds, jumping on the political bandwagon and representing sexual diversity. Out and proud, many of them are standing as candidates or are working with political parties in order to make their voices heard.

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