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    Voices of the silent

    Spectrum, Ezra Kyrill Erker, Published on 11/03/2012

    » Last Thursday was International Women's Day, an occasion that for a century has served for people to demand greater civil rights, representation and equality; to honour wives, mothers and girlfriends and the accomplishments of women; to call for an end to global hunger and poverty; and, increasingly, to highlight the plight of refugees and the displaced.

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    Love story anchored in angkor shines light on past

    B Magazine, Ezra Kyrill Erker, Published on 26/05/2013

    » Angkor Wat and the surrounding temples are among mankind's most mystical and beautiful feats of architecture and sculpture. Beyond the passage of kings and the flows and ebbs of invasions, however, little is known of their creation and the daily life of the people at the time. While many modern-day Cambodians and visitors alike are moved by the remaining monuments and artistic beauty, not much has been written of their historical context.

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    For Belarusian troupe, show must go on despite dangers

    Spectrum, Ezra Kyrill Erker, Published on 19/08/2012

    » Thespians of the Belarus Free Theatre have been beaten, arrested and harassed by authorities. And husband-and-wife co-directors Nicolai Khalezin and Natalia Kaliada, as they explained to Spectrum last week while on a visit to Bangkok, are now forced to live in exile, facing prison sentences if they return home. Within Belarus _ their large landlocked country of just under 10 million people, bordered by Russia, Ukraine, Poland, Latvia and Lithuania _ the actors continue to perform in secret and at great risk to themselves and their audiences.

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    It's time to meet the neighbours

    B Magazine, Ezra Kyrill Erker, Published on 15/07/2012

    » It vies for the title of most photogenic country on earth. Bigger than Thailand, with a similar size population, Myanmar has through years of international financial sanctions fallen behind the rest of the region in terms of influence and standing, with a military government that didn't tolerate threats to its authority. Nevertheless it has some of the region's most variegated scenery _ from mountain trekking to pristine beaches _ stunning temples and sites, delicious food, and the great sincerity and beauty of its people.

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    Dead child walking

    Spectrum, Ezra Kyrill Erker, Published on 22/07/2012

    » Just returned from a visit to Bangkok's notorious Bang Kwang prison, Toshi Kazama is ready to talk about criminal justice. On a rainy evening at the Foreign Correspondents' Club last week, the Japanese-born photographer shows slides of his photographs of juvenile offenders and speaks about the complexities of capital punishment. He has been photographing young people on death row since 1996, mostly in the US, where he has lived since the age of 15, and more recently across Asia.

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    Dragons & butterflies, an inmate finds inner peace

    Spectrum, Ezra Kyrill Erker, Published on 13/05/2012

    » South African Alexander Krebs, known to friends and family as "Shani", arrived in Bangkok in April 1994 on a 10 day holiday. He was 34 at the time and writing a novel, but was also a 15-year-long drug addict who had a sporadic wild streak in him and had just broken up with his fiancee. His family thought the time away would do him good.

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    She shall not be moved

    Spectrum, Ezra Kyrill Erker, Published on 12/02/2012

    » Five years ago, Boeung Kak Lake was Phnom Penh's largest. It served as home to some 20,000 Cambodians as well as the capital's backpacker ghetto, where foreign travellers would sit on guest house patios in a cannabis haze to watch the sun set over the waters and finish another Angkor Beer. And although the lake was full of sewage and debris and was hardly pristine, it served as an important catchment basin for the capital, providing equilibrium during the wet and dry seasons.

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    Keeping an eye on global affairs

    B Magazine, Ezra Kyrill Erker, Published on 05/02/2012

    » Anna Coren is an anchor and correspondent for CNN International, and hosts World Report, broadcast live every weekday from CNN's Asia-Pacific headquarters in Hong Kong. Although she made a name for herself in "tabloid" television in Australia, she is now the regional face of the international 24-hour news network. She reported on last year's red shirt riots, has interviewed former prime minister Abhisit Vejjajiva among a host of world leaders and was in Bangkok at the end of last year for a week of "Eye on Thailand" programming.

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