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    Shariah with Chinese characteristics

    Life, Published on 16/09/2016

    » Matthew S. Erie, a trained lawyer and ethnographer who teaches at Oxford University, lived for two years in Linxia, a small city in the northwestern Chinese province of Gansu. Known as China's Mecca, it is a centre of religious life for the Hui, an ethnic minority numbering 10 million who practise Islam. Along with the Turkic Uighurs, they are one of 10 officially recognised ethnic groups that practise Islam, making the total population of Muslims in China around 23 million, according to the 2010 government census.

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    The F word

    Brunch, Andrew Biggs, Published on 26/06/2016

    » Affable Bangkok Governor Sukhumbhand Paribatra eschews the "f" word. He's made it clear that from now on, he never wants to hear it again.

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    An explosion of self-hate

    Brunch, Andrew Biggs, Published on 19/06/2016

    » My heart broke as I watched a CNN anchor read the names of the 49 men and women shot dead in Orlando, while their happy faces flashed up on screen.

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    Showcasing Bangladesh

    Life, Yvonne Bohwongprasert, Published on 25/05/2016

    » For the past 17 months, Bangladeshi ambassador Saida Muna Tasneem has been promoting her country's rich cultural heritage in Thailand. It is now time to showcase the rest of the country at the Bangladesh Trade and Investment Expo 2016. Held at the Queen Sirikit National Convention Centre, May 30 to June 1, it will be a time for business matchmaking opportunities for both sides.

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    Binge to get in the mood for politics

    Life, Arusa Pisuthipan, Published on 22/03/2019

    » The political heat is on in Thailand, with the first general election in eight years taking place on Sunday. With a large percentage of voters reported to have cast advanced ballots last Sunday, it feels like a significant moment in the country's political history, and one that observers, both inside and outside Thailand, will be keeping a close eye on.

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    By Any Sketch

    Brunch, Jeerawat Na Thalang, Published on 07/05/2017

    » When compared to comic strips, the single-frame cartoon doesn't enjoy quite the same popularity in Thailand. The single-frame cartoon relies on one image alone to convey a certain point on a given issue, placing greater interpretive demands on the viewers.

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    Escaping bigotry

    Life, Melalin Mahavongtrakul, Published on 24/10/2016

    » 'People often think that refugees arrive to a new destination and it's like a happy ending," said Syrian refugee Danny Ramadan, 32. Not quite so. Establishing a new life, career and community -- while leaving behind one's home country -- has posed many challenges for Ramadan, who is also a gay activist.

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    On the offence

    Brunch, Michael Ruffles, Published on 28/08/2016

    » The best defence is showing you're not offended, and for Jimmy Carr the easiest way to do that is to laugh. Carr knows a thing or two about offending people -- it's bound to happen when joking about everything from disability and dwarf shortages to car crashes. No subject is off limits for the English comedian and TV host who even called himself Roger Federer's weird little brother.

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    The missing link

    Life, Apipar Norapoompipat, Published on 08/08/2016

    » With Morocco recently joining Asean's Treaty of Amity and Co-operation (TAC) in late July, it's expected that the once-missing link between the African region and the Southeast Asian region will start to open up, drawing in more businesses, political relations and tourism from both sides.

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    The persistence of serenity

    Brunch, Andrew Biggs, Published on 24/01/2016

    » Last week your columnist reported from the safety of his luxurious room at the Avani Atrium Hotel on New Phetchaburi Road, Bangkok, where he lamented the decline of the area’s red-light district of a quarter of a century ago. Lamented? Hardly. But that is beside the point.

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