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    A kerbside view of Thai politics

    Spectrum, Paritta Wangkiat, Published on 16/07/2017

    » On the day the doors of Phitsanulok Mansion were opened for Chalerm Changthongmadan, he felt his existence was recognised for the first time in his life.


    The Rural Doctor

    Spectrum, Paritta Wangkiat, Published on 23/10/2016

    » A photograph in an elegant frame, a welcoming card with a shining golden rim, an exquisite outfit -- the presents for newborn babies can be very exciting. But if a baby is born in Ubolratana Hospital in Khon Kaen, the gifts will be something different. Parents may be given trees or plants from hospital director Apisit Thamrongwaranggoon.


    Breach of trust

    Spectrum, Paritta Wangkiat, Published on 25/09/2016

    » On a sunny September day a year ago, a group of whale spotters was floating on a boat 15km off the Bangkok shoreline.


    Strong cities needed

    Spectrum, Paritta Wangkiat, Published on 15/07/2018

    » Bangkok has attracted millions of migrants seeking economic opportunity. They will be forced to handle the impacts of climate change in coming decades.


    Migrants face changing climate

    Spectrum, Paritta Wangkiat, Published on 01/07/2018

    » The arrival of May once reminded Lin Na that the first rain of the year was on its way. The ground in her small village of Prey Veng province in southern Cambodia would start to soften, dampened by rainfall. This time each year, she would help her family cultivate a two-hectare rice field, the main source of food and income for them throughout the year.


    Checking up on universal coverage

    Spectrum, Paritta Wangkiat, Published on 18/02/2018

    » Installing the right medical facilities to take care of a sick family member at home could cost nearly the entire fortune for a household of six people. In the centre of Bangkok's commercial Lumpini area, the shabby-looking house of the Jan-urai family stands amid the Bon Kai community, a slum adjacent to the high-end Polo Club where the wealthy Bangkok elite gather for sporting events.


    Health care on life support

    Spectrum, Paritta Wangkiat, Published on 26/11/2017

    » Thailand's universal healthcare coverage (UHC) scheme is confronting its most critical time since its introduction in 2002. For over a decade, the scheme has been praised all over the world for its achievement in providing healthcare access to over 48 million out of 66 million people, filling the gap left by the social security scheme and civil service welfare.


    Weathering water's extremes

    Spectrum, Paritta Wangkiat, Published on 12/11/2017

    » Since downpours from the North swept down into the central Chao Phraya River basin early last month, people are fearfully bracing for the next big flood to hit Bangkok. The Thai government tells the public it is making a concentrated effort to ensure the capital will be protected from future flooding. Despite the heavy rainfall this year, leaders have dismissed the possibility of another flood like 2011's.


    Priced out of prosperity

    Spectrum, Paritta Wangkiat, Published on 29/10/2017

    » Shortly after the bell sounds, the open-air canteen of the garment factory on the outskirts of Maha Sarakham town starts to fill up. The workers get in line as they chat and eye cheap eats, welcoming a moment of midday rest after working for four long hours in the morning.


    Shinawatras leave a tainted legacy

    Spectrum, Paritta Wangkiat, Published on 03/09/2017

    » When former prime minister Yingluck Shinawatra failed to show up at the Supreme Court just before the verdict of her trial for alleged malfeasance on Aug 25, it portended an uncertain fate for her Pheu Thai Party.

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