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    Unforgettable Puey Ungphakorn 

    Life, Anchalee Kongrut, Published on 09/03/2016

    » Today marks the centennial of Puey Ungphakorn, a remarkable man who lived a remarkable life as a founding father of the modern Thai economy, pedagogue at Thammasat University and Bank of Thailand, role model and larger-than-life figure who was influential during some of the most momentous years of Thai history.

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    Drought, fishing scandals and winding roads

    Life, Anchalee Kongrut, Published on 23/12/2015

    » In the past year, environmental disasters once again proved how much of an impact they have on everyone's lives: the air we breathe (the haze in the South, blown over from Indonesia); the water we use (the contentious Chao Phraya roads); the lights we see (the coal-fired power plants); the ground beneath our feet (the gold mining scandals); the food we eat (the fishery disputes). In all of this, local communities and the rural poor feel the heat and the fire more than Bangkok's urbanites and they're the people who keep showing public resistance against environmental problems and the depletion of natural resources, despite the grip of military rule.  

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    Lost and found in translation

    Muse, Anchalee Kongrut, Published on 28/11/2015

    » For fans of foreign literature, nothing kills the joy of reading more than knowing that the translated book which you are reading contains wrong meanings and phonetic mistakes — the names of people and places that are unrecognisable when you repeat them to native speakers.

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    Sustaining environmental activism

    Life, Anchalee Kongrut, Published on 21/10/2015

    » The demography of environmental activists in Thailand has shifted. The pioneering generation, those inspired by the life and death of the late Sueb Nakhasathien, the forest official who committed suicide in what is believed to be a protest against bureaucratic hopelessness, have started retiring, or feel too tired and have moved into other fields.

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    Dinosaurs in the digital age

    Life, Anchalee Kongrut, Published on 13/08/2015

    » When was the last time you visited a library? That's one question worth thinking about, but the other question being discussed among librarians is whether public libraries will survive. As the internet becomes a new pathfinder of data and information and the younger generation find knowledge via Google and YouTube, the fate of libraries seems like that of an endangered species.

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    Urban, yet green

    Life, Anchalee Kongrut, Published on 08/06/2015

    » What do people do when visiting Siam Square? At Bangkok's nucleus of youth culture and weekend activity, some naturally think of shopping, while others consider the area a top choice for meeting friends or having a first date.

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    Encroaching on villagers' rights

    Life, Anchalee Kongrut, Published on 07/01/2015

    » As a New Year's gift, the National Council for Peace and Order (NCPO) has promised to return happiness to the people by giving 53,000 rai of state land to landless villagers. On paper, it looks like a generous present.

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    Heating up the rhetoric

    Life, Anchalee Kongrut, Published on 27/08/2014

    » Last week, not long before he was taken into custody by the National Council for Peace and Order (NCPO), consumer activist Ittiboon Onwongsa looked totally free from worries as he sealed parcels of pamphlets with duct tape. The 20 boxes were to be transported to Songkhla province in time for the Aug 19 start of a 950km protest walk from Hat Yai all the way to Bangkok.

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    Visual impact

    Life, Anchalee Kongrut, Published on 28/08/2014

    » Thanachot Wisuttismarn, founder of Infographic (Thailand), seems to agree with the old adage "A picture is worth a thousand words".

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    A golden opportunity for change

    Life, Anchalee Kongrut, Published on 04/06/2014

    » Everything that glitters is gold, but not for villagers at Ban Na Nong Bong, who live at the edge of a gold mine in Loei province. Since Thung Kham arrived to extract gold in 2003, villagers have complained that the company is poisoning its water source and farmland and harming their health.

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