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  • LIFE

    The sacred and the mundane

    Life, Melalin Mahavongtrakul, Published on 17/07/2019

    » When people want to learn of certain cultures, they mostly look to something big like opera, literature, arts and even cultural heritage specific to that country.

  • LIFE

    Made in Thailand

    Guru, Published on 05/07/2019

    » To say that Thailand has been getting global recognition lately may be a bit of an understatement. After all, it's not a secret that it's a famous tourist destination with plenty of beautiful beaches and street food that's been topping lists for years now. Of course, these are only just a few things Thailand is well-known for but we don't really have the time to get into all of that (*cough* rigged election *cough*). However, people from the outside may have a narrow view of what Thailand and its culture really is, but fortunately, there are things that help put a spotlight on these things. The next instalment of the Fast and Furious franchise is filming right now in parts of Thailand, including Krabi where its governor stated that the film would be a "great advertisement for the nature, culture and history of the kingdom". Erm sure, that's what the Fast and Furious franchise is all about anyway. While the film will most likely be more about cars zoom-zooming and vroom-vrooming, there are a number of shows on TV that give a better focus on Thai culture. Here are a few.

  • OPINION

    Double-edged words

    News, Postbag, Published on 13/06/2019

    » Re: "Witch-hunts must end", (Editorial, June 12). Future Forward Party (FFP) spokeswoman Pannika Wanich should not be judged by society as guilty over the alleged anti-monarchist posts on her Facebook page.

  • THAILAND

    New centre gives rehab a shot in the arm

    News, Thana Boonlert, Published on 12/05/2019

    » Many drug addicts go through hell in their struggle to quit, but the rehabilitation model known as "Camp 35" in Pattani aims to bring hope and optimism for the future back into their lives as they begin their long, difficult process of recovery.

  • LIFE

    Revolutionary's road

    Life, John Clewley, Published on 02/04/2019

    » Poet, novelist, piano player. And that was before Gil Scott-Heron had reached 20. He wrote and recorded his best known song, The Revolution Will Not Be Televised, in 1971, and from then on produced a unique and polemical body of prose, poetry and music that led him to be dubbed the "Father of Political Rap", the originator of "nu soul" and many more titles. He preferred being called a "bluesologist".

  • THAILAND

    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.

  • OPINION

    Revamp the military

    News, Postbag, Published on 23/02/2019

    » Let's briefly consider local geopolitics and the Thai military. Thailand needs China like it needs another coup. However, China needs Thailand for a variety of reasons. The US has had a longstanding favourable relationship with Thailand and is its most powerful ally.

  • BUSINESS

    Cola connection

    Asia focus, Nareerat Wiriyapong, Published on 04/02/2019

    » In two decades of working with the Coca-Cola Company, Carlos Diaz-Rigby can look back on some impressive professional achievements, but he also feels a strong emotional attachment with the flagship brand of the American beverage company.

  • OPINION

    Diesel must die

    News, Postbag, Published on 26/01/2019

    » So, Pol Gen Aswin is going to "spearhead a campaign to tackle fine dust particles", (BP, Jan 25).

  • THAILAND

    Australian foreign minister in town as runaway seeks asylum

    Reuters, Published on 10/01/2019

    » Australian Foreign Minister Marise Payne was in Bangkok on Thursday on a visit expected to include discussion on the fate of a runaway 18-year-old Saudi woman who alleges her family abused her and she feared for her life.

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