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    When pigs fly

    Spectrum, Nanchanok Wongsamuth, Published on 13/11/2016

    » Sakaseam Sripolreun takes pride in the wild boars he bought three years ago from a poacher in Khon Kaen's Phu Wiang district. Said to be the most beautiful strain in Thailand with a large chest, elegant posture and slim face, they are highly resistant to diseases and can live on scrap fruit and vegetables, making them easy to raise.


    Forest clampdown hurts poor

    Spectrum, Nanchanok Wongsamuth, Published on 11/09/2016

    » For the past 39 years, Anutas Pleeta's family have made a living out of growing para rubber on their four-rai plantation in the southern province of Phangnga. By this time of the year, the trees would have been ready for tapping and Mr Anutas would have had more money to support his family of five, who currently live off an average income of 45,000 baht per year -- less than half the daily minimum wage -- from rubber grown on another six rai of land.


    Where hope has vanished

    Spectrum, Nanchanok Wongsamuth, Published on 21/08/2016

    » It was the spot where the villagers had found the chequered loincloth of missing land rights activist Den Khamlae a week earlier. Banjong Sanitnit, Den's brother-in-law, stopped at a nearby tree. He lit six incense sticks and poured rice whisky into a clear plastic cup so that it was a quarter full. And then he prayed.


    Fancy a job? You might get shot and it takes five years to earn full pay

    Spectrum, Nanchanok Wongsamuth, Published on 07/08/2016

    » Forest ranger Warak Ngernyu and his eight colleagues were on foot patrol on the morning of July 10, 2013, when they saw the wheel tracks. Sensing that the tracks would lead to wood poachers, the team followed the trail for four hours until they reached the suspects: three Khmer-speaking men sitting on rocks.


    Monopoly money under a tax

    Spectrum, Nanchanok Wongsamuth, Published on 24/04/2016

    » Poom Prasit had been smoking the local Krong Thip cigarettes for the past 13 years. On the day of the announcement of the latest tobacco tax hike in February, however, he immediately decided he would switch brands. The next day, he bought a pack of SMS instead.


    The top 10 don’t-do list

    Spectrum, Nanchanok Wongsamuth, Published on 03/04/2016

    » A 57-year-old Chiang Mai woman was charged with inciting rebellion last week for posting a photo of herself with a red plastic bowl on Facebook. The bowl, to sprinkle people with water during Songkran, also happened to carry a message from fugitive former prime minister Thaksin Shinawatra. She faces the prospect of up to seven years’ jail if convicted of sedition.


    Supreme showdown

    Spectrum, Nanchanok Wongsamuth, Published on 06/03/2016

    » As two feuding camps clash over the nomination of the new supreme patriarch, the government has been caught in the crossfire.


    Supinya slams 'self-censorship'

    News, Nanchanok Wongsamuth, Published on 29/01/2016

    » Journalists must refrain from self-censorship, despite the restrictions on media freedom imposed by the ruling junta, an activist-turned-media regulator said Thursday.


    Out of the jungle, but left in the wilderness

    Spectrum, Nanchanok Wongsamuth, Published on 31/05/2015

    » Sathien Jaiping has made the long journey to Government House almost every month since 2009, carrying a two-inch-thick spiral-bound stack of documents containing what he believes are the names of more than 2,000 former communist insurgents.


    The big business of saving lives

    Spectrum, Nanchanok Wongsamuth, Published on 10/05/2015

    » Patcharin Arabiya scurried to find 5,000 baht to secure a room at Thonburi Hospital’s coronary care unit while doctors performed CPR on her mother, Samruay Sopajaree. The 78 year old suffered a heart attack on March 24, 2013, an hour after arriving home from a visit to Khao Yai National Park.

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