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    National jobs, international workers

    Life, Published on 06/09/2016

    » Last week activist Srisuwan Janya filed a petition with the Office of the Ombudsman claiming that Thailand's new tallest building, MahaNakhon Tower, breached Thai laws by hiring a foreign architect to design it. He also complained that several foreign workers also run or own shops in markets around the country, a practice that is against the law.

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    Food for thought

    Brunch, Andrew Biggs, Published on 11/11/2018

    » This week I enjoyed a delicious lunch at Suan Dusit University, my host being none other than the dean of the Faculty of Education.

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    Doing right by the children

    Life, Yvonne Bohwongprasert, Published on 29/10/2018

    » Henrietta H. Fore couldn't be happier with the way Thailand has made progress in promoting and protecting children's rights in the past 70 years of its presence -- by that name -- in the Kingdom. The Unicef executive director was recently in Thailand, and the success stories of the country through years of governmental policies and support from other agencies couldn't fail to put a smile on her face: the country has almost a 100% rate of birth and healthcare registration, access to clean drinking water, sanitation and primary-school attendance.

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    Family business

    Life, Kanokporn Chanasongkram, Published on 21/09/2018

    » The tagline goes "Blasting mountains, torching huts". That's how the action films of Chalong Pakdivijit are usually described, for his legendary productions are known to be full of explosions, gunfire, intense fighting and villages being burned at the hands of the villains before the heroes arrive to save them. For five decades Chalong, now an 87-year-old National Artist, has been Thailand's best-known action auteur, on both the cinema and television screens.

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    The plight of the stateless

    Life, Published on 14/08/2018

    » Thanom's ancestors lived in what was Siamese territory, near Bang Saphan district in Prachuap Khiri Khan, over a century ago. Back then Burma, to the west, was a British colony and people who lived along the border crossed back and forth without much difficulty. When state boundaries were redrawn during the reign of King Rama V, his family was stuck on the other side. As a young man Thanom was a cattle herder, and he travelled around Karen villages to buy cattle and buffaloes and crossed over to sell them on the Thai side. When he started this job, a cow was just 20 baht and a buffalo was 50 baht.

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    Ancient China comes to Bangkok

    Life, Published on 15/10/2018

    » Chinese imperial artefacts and artworks will be showcased at an interactive art exhibition held for the first time in Southeast Asia at River City Bangkok, Charoen Krung 24, from this Thursday Oct 18 to Feb 12 next year.

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    Mexican artists preserving the occult

    Life, Published on 06/08/2018

    » Four young stars from the Mexican artistic scene will showcase their works during "MEX4: Preservation Of The Occult", a four-in-one visual-arts exhibition, at the National Gallery Bangkok from Wednesday until Aug 30.

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    Choose Your Own Adventure: When You Are Arrested with a Wildlife Carcass*

    Guru, Pornchai Sereemongkonpol, Published on 12/10/2018

    » Let's play the bad guy. Warning: playing this game may cause you to lose faith in humanity. Spoiler: No happy ending.

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    Superstition killed the turtle

    Life, Published on 08/10/2018

    » Throughout the 25 years of her life, Om Sin -- a sea turtle from Chon Buri -- was a symbol of luck and longevity to people who threw coins into her concrete pond believing that doing so would bring them prosperity. Little did she know that it would bring bad luck upon herself.

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    Where to see the tulips

    Life, Pongpet Mekloy, Published on 01/06/2018

    » Every year soon after the arrival of the rainy season, the deciduous forests of Pa Hin Ngam and Sai Thong national parks celebrate this refreshing time of year with not only a lush, lively greenery but also the pink bulbs of Siam tulips (Curcuma alismatifolia), which appear in abundance. The two parks of Chaiyaphum province invite nature lovers to enjoy this annual natural floral extravaganza from today until the end of August.

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