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    Turnabout is foreplay

    Spectrum, Published on 30/12/2012

    » A young Thai woman far outside her comfort zone wanders the red-neon-bathed back alleys of Mong Kok in Hong Kong, trepidatiously trying to look through the darkened windows of sex shops and following the signs up rickety stairs, on the hunt for a very specific souvenir.

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    'Evil man from Krabi' victim speaks out

    Spectrum, Ezra Kyrill Erker, Published on 25/11/2012

    » 'Im trying to pick up my life again, but until justice is served I'm finding it difficult," said the victim of a alleged rape in July, in Ao Nang, Krabi province last week.

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    A mercenary's tale

    Spectrum, Ezra Kyrill Erker, Published on 06/05/2012

    » Peter Slade was once in prison for five years on charges of murder, conspiracy to commit another murder and attempting to overthrow a foreign government _ partly a victim, he says, of a corrupt Australian judicial system. He fought in the Vietnam War, was a security contractor in 1973 Rhodesia, a debt collector at home in Melbourne and as far afield as Nigeria, and arrived in reconstruction-era Cambodia and Iraq without connections but a desire to start anew, in stints that would last some seven years each. He witnessed first-hand the Bangkok coup that killed journalists Neil Davis and Bill Latch in 1985 and was on the beach in Patong the morning the tsunami struck Phuket in 2004.

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    Grime and punishment: deluge victims still bailing out battered homes

    Spectrum, Published on 04/03/2012

    » There is a line scarring almost every building, post and fence along the northern and western outskirts of Bangkok. Brown, filthy and marinated in mould _ it jumps across highways and canals, staining walls, poles, pillars and fences, stretching across 30 of the capital's districts. It is the water mark of last year's floods, and often the only physical reminder of the fears continuing to reverberate throughout affected communities.

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    Mother Suu brings excitement and hope to campaign trail

    Spectrum, Songpol Kaopatumtip, Published on 25/03/2012

    » Clutching a bouquet of roses and a small red flag, Min Min Oo stood in the hot afternoon sun along with about 500 other people, many of them in red T-shirts with the National League for Democracy (NLD) logo. ''We started our trip at 6am. It's exhausting but we don't want to miss this once in a lifetime chance to welcome Daw Aung San Suu Kyi,'' said the 28-year-old graduate student from Kyaikhto town.

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    Myanmar's rising drug trade

    Spectrum, Phil Thornton, Published on 12/02/2012

    » Professor Des Ball pushes plates of what is left of a roast duck and barbeque prawn dinner to the side as he spreads a large map across the dinner table and stabs his finger at a point where northern Thailand meets Myanmar.

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    Anwar verdict to test political waters

    Spectrum, Luke Hunt, Published on 08/01/2012

    » After two years of graphic and often offending evidence Malaysians will find out tomorrow whether opposition leader, Anwar Ibrahim, will spend up to 20 years behind bars when a verdict is handed down in his sodomy trial.

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    TAXES IN THAILAND IV: More about deductions

    Spectrum, Published on 08/01/2012

    » Last column, we began a discussion of deductions. You'll recall that we established earlier that your assessable income in Thailand is what you earn that's exposed to Thai tax. Deductions and exemptions are subtracted from that. What remains is your tax

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