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  • OPINION

    Election prospects take another knock

    News, Veera Prateepchaikul, Published on 29/05/2017

    » Earlier last week, Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha told us the next election, which was to be held in accordance with the government's political roadmap, might be postponed if unrest is still prevalent.

  • NEWS

    Tracing the path of terror home

    Spectrum, Published on 26/02/2017

    » The government has made clear its intention to make Thailand a Southeast Asian hub. Whether that means building a high-tech industry base or adopting leadership in aviation design, the idea of becoming a regional hub has been marketed with mass appeal.

  • OPINION

    Follow Buddha's wisdom

    News, Postbag, Published on 28/05/2017

    » In her May 25 article, "How our education sustains dictatorship", Sanitsuda Ekachai outlines clearly how the militarisation of Thai education harms not only education, infamously failing for decades, but also how the pernicious effects of the centralised command over young minds oozes out to pervade all of Thai society, to the great harm of society, politics and morals. The malaise does indeed start in the official Thai education hierarchy.

  • BUSINESS

    Film on teen's brush with ISIS sends powerful message

    Asia focus, Ismira Lutfia Tisnadibrata, Published on 05/09/2016

    » An Indonesian teenager in the central Turkish city of Kayseri got a new lease on life in June 2014 when an acquaintance didn't show up to pick him up and take him across the border to Syria. That day, he was spared from an experience that could have cost him his life or led to his conviction as a terrorist if he survived and returned to Indonesia alive.

  • LIFESTYLE

    Open season on IS

    Life, Bernard Trink, Published on 27/04/2017

    » Though the president of the United States is a character in more than a few novels, he is a product of the authors' imaginations and bears little if any resemblance to the actual incumbents. In some stories he's idealised, in others vilified.

  • LIFESTYLE

    A crisis of faith

    Life, Bernard Trink, Published on 21/04/2017

    » While martyrdom indicates the intensity of belief in, not the truth of, a religion, religious wars have been bloody throughout human history. Though not regarded as a war of religion, six million Jews died in the Nazi Holocaust. Christianity in general, Catholics in particular, experienced persecution for centuries.

  • OPINION

    Who becomes a terrorist?

    News, Matt Apuzzo, Published on 29/03/2016

    » The brothers who carried out suicide bombings in Brussels last week had long, violent criminal records and had been regarded internationally as potential terrorists. But in San Bernardino, California, last year, one of the attackers was a county health inspector who lived a life of apparent suburban normality.

  • LIFESTYLE

    Stone on Snowden

    Life, Kanin Srimaneekulroj, Published on 07/10/2016

    » Director Oliver Stone likes to tell stories of larger-than-life characters. Or not just characters, but real people caught up in the swirl of American history, which is sometimes to say world history: John F. Kennedy in JFK (1991); Jim Morrison in The Doors (1991); Richard Nixon in Nixon (1995); Fidel Castro in Commandante (2003); Alexander the Great in Alexander (2005); and George W Bush in W (2008). The fuzzy line between glory and shame of American policy is also his favourite subject, such as in the Vietnam War-set Platoon (1986), Wall Street (1987), Born On The Fourth Of July (1989) and World Trade Center (2006).

  • LIFESTYLE

    Two wives, one husband

    Life, Bernard Trink, Published on 17/03/2017

    » For multi-millennia, marriage has been about possession. Hands of he/she belong to me. To be sure, in most societies the husband got the best of it as the wife's belongings became his. Why else wed? Well-to-do widows, with both her and her late spouse's goods in her hands, were the prize catch.

  • BUSINESS

    Managing Supplier Risk in the Global Supply Chain

    Business, Published on 24/03/2017

    » Suppliers and service providers exist to serve the global supply chain, but they may also cause harm through poorly managed risk. This can happen in many ways. For example, if you work for or are in partnership with a US-registered company and a supplier engages in fraud or a third-party sales agent takes a bribe, it can attract huge fines under the US Foreign Corrupt Practices Act.

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