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  • OPINION

    Three new maxims for surviving the next era of tech

    News, Farhad Manjoo, Published on 30/11/2018

    » Nearly five years ago, in my very first "State of the Art" column, I offered a straightforward plan for how to survive what was shaping up to be a turbulent time in the tech world.

  • OPINION

    Shared items with no sole 'owner'

    News, Editorial, Published on 09/09/2018

    » Over the past weeks, social media has buzzed with a number of Khmer netizens jittering over Thailand's registration of khon masked dance performance as intangible cultural heritage with Unesco.

  • OPINION

    Why US shouldn't send arms to Ukraine

    News, Daniel DePetris, Published on 30/11/2017

    » The US National Security Council is reported to be on the verge of recommending the export of US$47 million (1.5 billion baht) worth of defensive arms to Ukraine. The package will reportedly include a cache of Javelin anti-tank missiles, weapons that would reliably and efficiently disable the hundreds of tanks that Russian-supported separatists in the country's east have acquired since the conflict began.

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    OPINION

    West remains silent on recapture of IS stronghold

    News, Published on 29/03/2016

    » The biggest military defeat that the Islamic State (IS) has suffered in more than two years. The recapture of Palmyra, the Roman city of the Empress Zenobia. And we are silent. Yes, folks, the bad guys won, didn't they? Otherwise, we would all be celebrating, wouldn't we?

  • OPINION

    Superficiality takes aim at Scala

    News, Kong Rithdee, Published on 04/06/2016

    » There is a mix of rage, gloom and longing as, once again, the fate of the Scala theatre in Siam Square is questioned. To wreck is easy, to save is hard. The jackhammer screeches louder than nostalgia. Will the Scala, that quaint majesty stuck in a prime retail area, that solemn granddaddy in the flashy, messy, heavily commercialised quarter, be next to fall?

  • OPINION

    Thai hopes for decentralisation fade

    News, Published on 23/05/2016

    » Thailand's current state of local administration does not bode well for democracy. The National Council for Peace and Order (NCPO), which took power two years ago, issued Order No. 22/2016 on May 4 that centralised power in the Ministry of the Interior.

  • OPINION

    Theft out of need may not be crime

    News, Published on 05/05/2016

    » Stealing food from a supermarket may not be a crime in Italy if you are homeless and hungry, the nation's highest appeals court has ruled.In a case that has drawn comparisons to Les Miserables, the Supreme Court of Cassation threw out the conviction of a homeless man from Ukraine, Roman Ostriakov, who was caught trying to take €4.07 (about 164 baht) worth of cheese and sausage from a store in Genoa without paying for it. A trial court sentenced him in February 2015 to six months in jail and a fine of €100.

  • OPINION

    Trump's Miss Universe foreign policy

    News, Published on 12/05/2016

    » OK, it's easy to pick on Donald Trump's foreign policy. But just because he recently referred to the attack on the World Trade Center as happening on "7/11" -- which is a convenience store -- instead of 9/11, and just because he claimed that "I know Russia well" because he held a "major event in Russia two or three years ago -- (the) Miss Universe contest, which was a big, big, incredible event" -- doesn't make him unqualified.

  • OPINION

    Wedded to Facebook

    Life, Catherine Faulder, Published on 14/08/2015

    » If Facebook was a person, who would it be? My answer: he is my husband and we are in a dysfunctional marriage. Having never been married, you may be disinclined to read on. It was an arranged marriage. I didn't know what I was getting myself into 10 years ago, aged 15. I was too young to understand the weight of what I was signing up for. It's not even like we dated, I couldn't suss him out before my username and password tied me down to our contract. My vows? I do, Facebook, I do… even though I don't really know you!

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    OPINION

    The era of unified nation-states nears its end

    News, Published on 16/09/2014

    » This week's referendum in Scotland could result in the UK losing almost one-third of its landmass, and 8% of its population, and, very likely, its present prime minister. In a summer rich with shocks, the breakup of a United Nations Security Council member suddenly seems more likely than the long-predicted fracturing of Iraq.

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