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    Safety last

    News, Alan Dawson, Published on 15/07/2018

    » The government can't prevent boys from being naughty any more than it can prevent squalls in an open sea. However, the government could have prevented two of the most deadly events to have captivated local and global attention recently.

  • OPINION

    Wild Boars become a part of history

    News, Roger Crutchley, Published on 15/07/2018

    » This time last week the rescue mission of the 12 young Wild Boars and their coach had only been half completed. They had all been found miraculously alive, but the question remained how to get them out. And in all honesty, it didn't look great. It was a very strange, uncomfortable feeling. With heavy rains forecast, the initial joy of finding them transformed into the real fear that they could not escape what had become their watery dungeon. It was a race against time.

  • OPINION

    Careless and deadly

    News, Editorial, Published on 11/07/2018

    » Monday's flight schedule of Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha tells a tale about the nation. First, he flew to Phuket because of last week's tragic seaborne events. He spoke with hospitalised survivors of two dive boat accidents, and comforted Chinese relatives of some of the 42 known dead and 10 missing. Then he flew to Chiang Rai, where he observed rescue operations at the Tham Luang cave face in Mae Sai district. Following that he visited the eight children who had been extracted and taken to Chiangrai Prachanukroh Hospital.

  • OPINION

    Asia's memorable World Cup

    Asia focus, Erich Parpart, Published on 09/07/2018

    » The World Cup approaches its semi-final round this week minus any African or Asian contenders, but Asian teams did much better than I thought they would. I do not think I was the only observer who erred on the side of pessimism before the tournament started with a record five Asian teams.

  • OPINION

    Pyongyang’s threats remain in South Korea

    Oped, Kavi Chongkittavorn, Published on 10/07/2018

    » In summertime, Gangnam district of the South Korean capital is the place to go to observe the country’s dynamism and vibrancy. It is colourful and full of youthful energy. However, when you start casual conversations with youngsters here, immediately a different mood prevails.

  • OPINION

    What the rescue of the trapped boys means

    News, Thitinan Pongsudhirak, Published on 13/07/2018

    » Global news cycles over the past two weeks have been saturated by Thailand's gripping story of 12 boys from a local youth football team and their 25-year-old coach trapped in a labyrinthine and partially submerged cave complex in the Chiang Rai hills in the north of the country. Even after their successful rescue, the story continues.

  • OPINION

    Tunnel vision blights coverage of cave rescue

    News, Soonruth Bunyamanee, Published on 11/07/2018

    » After more than two weeks, the joint rescue operation between Thai and international diving experts to find and rescue the Wild Boars football team trapped in Tham Luang cave has proved successful. The mission has also served as a major lesson for several groups involved, not least the media itself.

  • OPINION

    Peeing on our parade

    News, Alan Dawson, Published on 08/07/2018

    » Free wi-fi is now available for all guests in Hall 3 of Tham Luang, owned by Jao Mae Nang Non.

  • OPINION

    Rescue effort gripped the world

    News, Roger Crutchley, Published on 08/07/2018

    » It is hard to imagine what went through the trapped teenagers' minds when two British divers suddenly emerged from the murky depths of Tham Luang cave on Monday night. They were the first people the kids had seen in nine dark days. But that first exchange told everyone what they wanted to hear. "How many of you? Thirteen? Brilliant!'' They had not lost anyone, and it was indeed brilliant news.

  • OPINION

    Volunteers and success

    News, Editorial, Published on 04/07/2018

    » The successful search and the coming rescue of the Wild Boar football team is one of our finest moments. The 12 boys and coach were found and then broadcast on video to the nation by skilled and tenacious divers who refused to take a step or stroke backwards for 10 agonising days. They are heroes. So are the hundreds, Thai and foreigner, who supported them directly, as are the thousands who backed them actively.

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