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    How Stephen Hawking changed my life, and yours

    News, Nathan Myhrvold, Published on 16/03/2018

    » Most of us spend most of our lives without any sense of the imminence of our mortality. This wasn't true for Stephen Hawking. He was diagnosed with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis at age 21 and given months to live. Whenever somebody uses the expression "delaying the inevitable" in my presence, I always reply, "Why yes, I woke up this morning alive." I know that some day that won't happen; none of us lives forever, so all of life is about delaying the inevitable. On Wednesday, this caught up with Stephen Hawking -- but not before he had managed to delay the inevitable by more than 50 years, a time he spent exploring the universe, with the Sword of Damocles dangling above him at every moment.

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    'War on drugs' Duterte: A mass murderer in power

    News, Gwynne Dyer, Published on 21/03/2018

    » Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte once said that Ferdinand Marcos, who was overthrown by the first non-violent revolution ('People Power') in 1986, would have been the Philippines' best president "if he did not become a dictator". Just as Mr Duterte himself had the potential to be the Philippines' best president if he had not become a mass murderer.

  • OPINION

    Law is an ass when dealing with the elite

    News, Paritta Wangkiat, Published on 09/03/2018

    » Expressed through graffiti and drawings, pictures and words on social media, a slain black leopard, a rare and protected species, has become a symbol of victims of the wealthy and powerful at the hands of the seemingly impotent justice system. It is used to remind people that the rich often have privileges to escape charges and jail while being able to keep their business empires intact.

  • OPINION

    Why populists increasingly become more popular

    News, John Lloyd, Published on 12/03/2018

    » Those who feel left behind by the enrichment of the minority and the stagnation of the many are choosing to be represented by political forces that cannot give them what they need, and will likely make their lives worse.

  • OPINION

    The political economy of a regime

    News, Suranand Vejjajiva, Published on 14/03/2018

    » The bottom-line performance of any government is measured by its success in managing the economy and putting money into its citizens' wallets. In Thailand, as long as the current ruling regime can deliver on the economic front, it can remain authoritarian and generally safe from mass uprisings against it.

  • OPINION

    Mad axe: Social fury is OK but getting even?

    News, Wasant Techawongtham, Published on 03/03/2018

    » People are getting mad. They are mad because the country's elite is making such a mess of things and the public can do nothing but watch events unfold.

  • OPINION

    Prettier words won’t disguise the discord

    Oped, Atiya Achakulwisut, Published on 20/02/2018

    » What is in a name? Will a new proposal to stop using the word salim, literally referring to a multi-coloured traditional Thai dessert but later used to describe a pro-coup, pro-elite, conservative group of people, especially those who prefer to overlook social injustice to maintain bourgeois lifestyles, help with reconciliation?

  • OPINION

    Cobra Gold drills depoliticise Thai-US ties

    News, Kavi Chongkittavorn, Published on 27/02/2018

    » The 37th Cobra Gold annual multilateral military exercise ended last week with one major outcome -- the depoliticising of Thai-US relations which have been held captive since the May 2014 coup.

  • OPINION

    Conventional system in need for revamp in digital age

    News, Published on 26/02/2018

    » The Fourth Industrial Revolution stands out from its predecessors in a critical way: rather than making it easier for humans to use their surroundings more effectively for their own benefit, technology is displacing humans in the workplace. The question is who will benefit now.

  • OPINION

    Pyongyang's charm offensive

    Asia focus, Erich Parpart, Published on 19/02/2018

    » A budget of US$2.6 million to ensure red-carpet treatment for North Koreans at the Winter Olympics is just one sign of South Korea's eagerness to revive dialogue with its dangerous neighbour. The North appears equally keen, based on the high-profile visit to Pyeongchang by Kim Yo-jong, the Supreme Leader's sister and Pyongyang's PR queen.

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