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    Somyot loans expose patronage roots

    News, Soonruth Bunyamanee, Published on 07/02/2018

    » The admission of former national police chief Somyot Poompunmuang that he borrowed 300 million baht from a fugitive massage parlour tycoon reminds us how deeply the patronage system is entrenched in Thai society.

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    Time is on your side … if the watch is fast

    News, Roger Crutchley, Published on 28/01/2018

    » Recent debate about fancy timepieces had me thinking about my first ever watch, which my dad bought when I was a kid. He was a stickler for punctuality and hated being late for anything. When he gave me the watch it came with sage-like advice. He told me to always set it a few minutes fast so I wouldn't be late, and to this day it has proved wise counsel. Of course it didn't stop me being late, but at least I was two or three minutes earlier in my lateness than I would otherwise have been, if that makes sense.

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    Time for regime to take a gamble on casinos

    News, Taam Yingcharoen, Published on 07/12/2017

    » One recent afternoon on a random strip of road, two men could be seen watching oncoming vehicles with great enthusiasm. They talked excitedly as the car they were eyeing approached at great speed, taking note of the final digit of its licence plate, which in this particular case happened to be an odd number. Then one of the men reached into his pocket to give the other a 20-baht note, and they waited for their next target to speed past.

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    Nuclear codes 'the length of a tweet'

    News, Gwynne Dyer, Published on 24/11/2017

    » 'The president has absolute authority, unilateral power to order the use of nuclear weapons," said Bruce Blair. The nuclear codes are "the length of a tweet. It would take them one or two minutes to format and transmit that directly down the chain of command to the executing commanders of the underground launch centres, the submarines and the bombers".

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    'Coconut shell' students find their voice

    News, Ploenpote Atthakor, Published on 13/11/2017

    » Over the weekend, a group of Suankularb School students involved in a parade during a traditional football match found themselves in hot water for their thought-provoking political satire.

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    A traditional fair that is fit for a queen

    News, Roger Crutchley, Published on 19/11/2017

    » The Ploenchit Fair, to be held at Bangkok Patana School next Saturday, serves as an annual reminder that the year is drawing to a close. The fair always reminds me of Queen Victoria, or rather her statue, which graced the fair in the days when it was held at the British embassy.

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    Delhi choking on bad policy, not fireworks

    News, Published on 20/10/2017

    » For most Indians, the festival of Diwali is well worth the wait. Houses are brightly lit, boxes of sweets are exchanged -- and accounts for the year are closed. The Hindu festival of lights also heralds the beginning of winter, the few months when the baked northern plains of the subcontinent become marginally more liveable.

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    Soggy socks, sandbags and rising damp

    News, Roger Crutchley, Published on 22/10/2017

    » All week, we have been listening to dire warnings from meteorologists of big storms and heavy rains, countered by Bangkok officials reassuring us everything is under control and the Big Mango won't sink without a trace.

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    Regime is destroying rule of law

    News, Umesh Pandey, Published on 08/10/2017

    » Bending the law and going back on words seems to have become the norm ever since the coup that ousted the elected government in 2014. Over the past week the supporters of the coup must have had a field day as their idol managed to have an audience with the head of state of a country that until recently was considered to be the beacon of democracy.

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    TPB chief gets to work

    News, Editorial, Published on 11/10/2017

    » The dynamic and sometimes controversial leader of the newly formed Tourism Police Bureau (TPB) is off to a roaring start. Pol Maj Gen Surachet Hakpan led heavily publicised raids on Koh Samui last week. This week he's in Phuket, targeting what he calls "mafia operations" on that tourist-friendly island. The high-profile Pol Maj Gen Surachet is making current headlines but there are questions about his priorities.

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