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    The lives of others

    Life, Sawarin Suwichakornpong, Published on 07/06/2019

    » Born in 1969 to a farming family in Chon Buri, Pimjai Juklin -- aka Duanwad Pimwana -- is one of Thailand's preeminent writers of contemporary fiction. After briefly working as a journalist, Duanwad started writing short stories. She was first published in 1989 in a local Thai magazine. In 2003, she published her first novel, Chang Samran (Bright), which won the SEA Write Award, making her one of only seven women writers to have won the prestigious award since its inception 40 years ago.

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    A geopolitical pivot

    Life, Published on 01/12/2017

    » During the Indochina War years from the 1950s through to the 1970s, America's seven military bases in Thailand symbolised the extraordinary extent of US influence over the politics and development of the Kingdom. In the subsequent 30 years, American influence in Thailand has slowly but steadily waned, largely supplanted by a rising China. Thailand, which had been a linchpin of America's Asian strategy, is now instead a linchpin of China's Asian strategy. American soldiers on R&R have been replaced by Chinese tourists, American airbases by plans for Chinese high-speed rail links. China, not the US, is now Thailand's largest trading partner.

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    Chinese emigre confronted by reality in dream land

    Brunch, Published on 08/04/2018

    » As futile as it can feel, there's a lot to be said for frustration. Having our desires and expectations thwarted lets us know where our selves end and where others' begin. "People become real to us by frustrating us," psychoanalyst (and master aphorist) Adam Phillips writes. "If they don't frustrate us they are merely figures of fantasy."

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    Supply and demand

    Life, Bernard Trink, Published on 22/09/2017

    » During the era of the Raj, India was the leading poppy grower. It was sold worldwide as a treatment for hysteria in women and hyperactivity in children. Only China refused to have anything to do with it because it was addictive, but two opium wars taught them how to take it.

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    Exploring Myanmar's past

    Life, Published on 23/11/2015

    » Myanmar is making headlines around the globe like never before in light of its recent election. However, despite the recent press coverage, history buffs and curious readers often emerge empty-handed when seeking lengthier literature on the nation and it's turbulent past.

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    The future is now

    Life, Bernard Trink, Published on 21/03/2016

    » While there have been vast improvements in the military sector for millennia, the soldiers wielding the weapons remained much the same. Basic training toughens them, yet their bare strength is no match for a bear or an ape. Psychologically they are vulnerable to stress.

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    Show me the motive

    Life, Bernard Trink, Published on 24/08/2015

    » Motives for acts of violence range from crimes of passion to drive-by shootings -- that is from defending family honour to reducing the food chain indiscriminately. They aren't justifiable under law and are equally penalised. There are a myriad of motives, often the perpetrator unable to explain what made him or her do it ("maybe I drank too much").

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    For horse lovers

    Life, Bernard Trink, Published on 16/03/2015

    » Do you believe in coincidence? I do, because it has happened to me on occasion and there's no other likely explanation. Yet there are those who don't, and statistics have been made to show that there's a mathematical probability of such events occurring. But can't statistics prove just about anything?

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    Rome in Britannia

    Life, Bernard Trink, Published on 31/08/2015

    » With kings, the Senate and emperors Rome dominated much of the known world for a millennium. Though outnumbered by its enemies, its well-trained legions won battle after battle and war after war. Julius Caesar was its most famous general, yet it had others only marginally less successful.

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    Appeasement

    Life, Bernard Trink, Published on 25/01/2018

    » World War I was so horrendous that it was universally believed another world war would mean Armageddon, the end of life on Earth. Imperialist conquest was one thing, but another world war had to be avoided at all cost. The way to settle conflicts was by talking, not shooting. An Austrian corporal, gassed and be-medalled, disagreed that the Great War was the War to End All Wars. Arguing that the Versailles Treaty ending it gave Germany -- his new country of citizenship -- a raw deal, he set about disclaiming it. Though talking peace, he set about arming the Third Reich.

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