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  • LIFE

    To squat or not?

    Life, Anchalee Kongrut, Published on 09/05/2016

    » Like religion and politics, toilet etiquette is a touchy subject. The latest proof is the debate on the future of traditional squat toilets in Thailand after a new law on the manufacturing standard of toilet seats came into effect on April 23. The law has provoked discussion and even fear that the state will ban the use of squat toilets, archaic but cheap household facilities that are still used in rural areas, as well as many houses and buildings.

  • THAILAND

    Making money from our resources

    News, Anchalee Kongrut, Published on 23/07/2018

    » Since the military government came to power, new economic policies have been rolled out and economic catchphrases coined.

  • THAILAND

    Activist: 'Prayut as democracy hero' book a lie

    News, Anchalee Kongrut, Published on 19/04/2018

    » Firebrand activist Srisuwan Janya has vowed to sue the Fine Arts Department if it fails to recalls a book called the History of Thailand, which depicts coup maker and Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha as a patron of democracy.

  • OPINION

    Yingluck gone but populism sticks around

    News, Anchalee Kongrut, Published on 30/08/2017

    » Ousted premier Yingluck Shinawatra has gone -- some might say -- with the wind. And the way she fled the country was so sly, like a Hollywood film noir where the femme fatale coolly sashays out of the scene having outwitted everyone.

  • BUSINESS

    Open economy evangelist

    Asia focus, Anchalee Kongrut, Published on 14/08/2017

    » New Zealand has long been known for kiwi fruit, lamb and the invincible All Blacks, the fearsome national rugby team. But in the global economic sphere, the country is also known as a champion of open economies and free trade. Last year, the country was rated the world's second-best place to do business by Forbes magazine. That helps confirm its reputation in the field of trade -- and explains why the British government chose a New Zealander to head its post-Brexit trade negotiating team.

  • OPINION

    Trials and tribulations of Bangkok taxis

    News, Anchalee Kongrut, Published on 20/03/2017

    » The cab driver pressed on the accelerator, driving fast and furiously until I felt enough was enough; I ordered him to pull over, gave him the fare and stepped out of the car. Picking up a local passenger like me from a shopping mall on Sukhumvit Road is not a way for him to make much money. I bet he drove straight back along the same road to pick up tourists.

  • OPINION

    Soaps and sensibility

    Asia focus, Anchalee Kongrut, Published on 20/03/2017

    » I have never watched Plerng Phra Nang (A Lady's Flame), a prime-time soap opera on Thai television that depicts a bloody dynastic power struggle in a fictional kingdom. The series -- with elaborate period costumes and a lot of face-slapping and cat-fights among royal consorts -- has received bad press in Myanmar and Thailand alike.

  • THAILAND

    Thai youth leaders get to quiz Obama

    News, Anchalee Kongrut, Published on 07/09/2016

    » LUANG PRABANG - Two Thais will join some 200 youth leaders from Southeast Asia today in attending US President Barack Obama's town hall meeting in the historic town of Luang Prabang where they will have the chance to engage in a discussion with the president.

  • LIFE

    No rhyme, no reason

    Life, Anchalee Kongrut, Published on 02/05/2016

    » There's a beautiful piece of prose in a Thai poem that reads: "Kavee rue lang laeng Siam" -- (Siam never runs out of poets). Composed over 120 years ago by Prince Paramanuchit Chinoros, the verse is part of Samuta Koj Kam Chan, and it describes the golden age of Thai literary culture, in which poetry was ingrained as part of people's speech. It was a time when rhyme and stanza were infused in normal dialogue. Men wrote poems, or sang them for courtship.

  • OPINION

    Flood response conductor in sea of disharmony

    News, Anchalee Kongrut, Published on 26/09/2019

    » Only after tropical storms Podul and Kajiki flooded many provinces in the North and Northeast for a month did the government finally wake up, announcing on Tuesday that it would set up a "war room" to tackle the problem.

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