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    Love the sinner, hate the sin

    Life, Patcharawalai Sanyanusin, Published on 24/06/2019

    » How would you feel if someone pointed a finger at you and said: "You are nak phaen din"? A very strong and hurtful remark, isn't it? Meaning "burden to the land", the term is normally used toward a person who is perceived as scum for causing so much trouble to society.

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    Thailand's tale told via 'The Nation'

    News, Thitinan Pongsudhirak, Published on 28/06/2019

    » Nearly five decades ago, The Nation newspaper started out as a pro-democracy, anti-military news organisation. It was fiercely independent and invariably hard-hitting vis-à-vis the powers-that-be. An English-language newspaper owned by Thais from the outset, it prided itself for having neither fear nor favour. Its lamentable expiry as a print newspaper today -- an online version will continue -- provides multiple parallels for Thailand's contemporary political history, ongoing polarisation and the changing nature of the business of journalism worldwide.

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    'Forgotten war' strips Kachin of hope

    News, Paritta Wangkiat, Published on 14/06/2018

    » Myanmar's "forgotten war" in Kachin state has received little public attention despite the scale of the impact it has had on people who have become internally displaced and the casualties caused by the fighting between ethnic rebels and the army.

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    Funeral books shed light on People's Party

    News, Suthachai Yimprasert, Published on 24/06/2017

    » The 1932 memorial plaque incident is a key political event that we will be commemorating in what is a markedly different atmosphere relative to years past.

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    Thai universities in drastic decline

    News, Published on 19/02/2018

    » Thai universities are failing abysmally, according to this year's Asia University Rankings (AUR). Seven of the top 10 Thai universities scored lower than last year, while two obtained the same ranking and only one advanced.

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    Beijing plays, Hun Sen dances

    Asia focus, Pathom Sangwongwanich, Published on 13/02/2017

    » The ever-contentious One China policy has flared up again, but this time the spark did not ignite over the Taiwan Strait or across the Pacific Ocean. Rather, it was here in Southeast Asia, Cambodia to be specific, when Prime Minister Hun Sen banned the Taiwanese and Tibetan flags.

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    Semantics and Thailand's political divide

    News, Thitinan Pongsudhirak, Published on 25/09/2015

    » Language can be about power as much as communication. It can tear societies apart or bring them together, depending on its design and application.

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    Ajarn Ben's Southeast Asian analyses still enlighten

    News, Philip J Cunningham, Published on 15/12/2015

    » When I studied with Benedict Anderson at Cornell University in 1974, he seemed the quintessential absent-minded professor; at once erudite and bookish, idealistic and dreamy-eyed. The fact he had just been kicked out of Indonesia only added to his aura. Giving lectures about coups and counter-coups and revolutionary martyrs, he'd pace the front of the classroom in clunky boots and mismatched outfits, captivating class attention with his soft but mellifluous Irish-accented voice.

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    Military regime can't turn back the clock of progress

    News, Achara Ashayagachat, Published on 12/08/2014

    » My memory of one of this country's democratic milestones — the student uprising of Oct 14, 1973 — was my grandmother sobbing while watching His Majesty the King's announcement on TV about a new government replacing the military dictatorship that students had tried to topple.

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    Refugee fears well founded

    Oped, Published on 15/07/2014

    » The announcement by Gen Prayuth Chan-ocha last Friday that Myanmar refugees will be repatriated was a surprise to everyone. The army commander said he had come to a personal agreement on the matter with the head of the Myanmar military. The head of the National Council for Peace and Order (NCPO) cited national security for wanting to move out all 130,000 people and close the refugee camps. But national security will be even more irreparably harmed if any part of this huge, proposed human movement is mismanaged or bungled.

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