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  • BUSINESS

    Asean must walk the climate talk

    Asia focus, Anchalee Kongrut, Published on 24/07/2017

    » Next month, the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (Asean) is going to have the big party it deserves. The golden jubilee celebration will pay tribute to the remarkable journey of a small regional association founded by five foreign ministers from backward countries in a war-torn region.

  • BUSINESS

    World on the move

    Asia focus, Anchalee Kongrut, Published on 26/06/2017

    » It is not an overstatement to say that the world is no longer a safe and peaceful place. News of terrorist attacks has become a sad fact of daily life, most recently in London and Paris again this month.

  • BUSINESS

    Our weapons against terror

    Asia focus, Anchalee Kongrut, Published on 19/06/2017

    » Once in a while, Singapore appears on the world's radar but most of the time, no news is good news for the tightly run city-state. The buzz last week was all about an unseemly feud involving Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong and his two siblings over their late father's house.

  • OPINION

        An election singing the same old tune

    News, Anchalee Kongrut, Published on 05/06/2017

    » The harsh public criticism against Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha and his "four questions" gives an impression that people in country look forward to an election. Putting aside the fact that some politicians can be unscrupulous, or there might be a possibility of street demonstrations, it appears people are willing to give democracy a chance. After all, it is my belief that Thais have special relations with democracy.

  • OPINION

    Books prove resilient to technology

    News, Anchalee Kongrut, Published on 27/03/2017

    » Over a decade ago, some pundits made the prediction that books would eventually disappear. Now it seems that books are not on the extinction list, ready for the "guillotine" of the disruptive technology of the digital media and the internet of things.

  • BUSINESS

    Citizenship for sale

    Asia focus, Anchalee Kongrut, Published on 13/03/2017

    » Having multiple passports and citizenship that bears no relation to where you were born is something most people associates with James Bond or Jason Bourne. But these days it is no longer simply the stuff of spy stories.

  • OPINION

    Angel to the rescue of the disenchanted?

    News, Anchalee Kongrut, Published on 01/02/2016

    » No, I am not parenting or babysitting a luk thep (angel child doll), nor do I harbour a secret desire to acquire one to boost my luck. On the contrary, I hold a hostile attitude towards anyone -- young or grown-up -- who brings out any dolls to play with or to cuddle in public.

  • LIFESTYLE

    Filling in the blanks

    Life, Anchalee Kongrut, Published on 01/04/2013

    » Whether it's the caped crusaders from DC Comics in the US, the swashbuckling heroes of Japanese Manga or Noo Hin _ the famous Isan character from Noo Hin Inter _ comics the world over have a similar power: they can make us smile.

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