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    The reason why China won't fight the Houthis

    Oped, Yun Sun, Published on 23/02/2024

    » Chinese policy in the Middle East is shaped by two factors: China's threat perceptions and its strategic calculus regarding its great-power competition with the United States. And when it comes to dealing with the US, China's approach comes down to three "nos": no cooperation, no support and no confrontation. This credo underlies China's decision not to push back against the Iran-backed Houthis as they carry out drone and missile attacks on Red Sea shipping lanes.

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    Thailand's central bank dependence

    Oped, Thitinan Pongsudhirak, Published on 23/02/2024

    » To proponents of central bank independence, the ongoing friction between Prime Minister and Finance Minister Srettha Thavisin and Bank of Thailand Governor Sethaput Suthiwartnarueput appears straightforward. The prime minister is putting unwarranted and unfair pressure on the central bank governor to spur the economy by loosening monetary policy and cutting interest rates. Yet, on closer scrutiny, the entrenched politicisation of central banking in Thailand may suggest otherwise. There is more than meets the eye in the politics of interest rate cuts.

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    New movies out this week: Feb 22-28

    Guru, Nianne-Lynn Hendricks, Published on 22/02/2024

    » New titles that hit cinemas in Thailand this week.

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    Europeans drive up room rates in the South

    Gary Boyle, Published on 22/02/2024

    » Longer stays from European guests helped drive room revenue in the first quarter in southern provinces, as room rates set a new record despite small numbers of Chinese tourists.

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    Paetongtarn gets invite

    News, Mongkol Bangprapa, Published on 22/02/2024

    » Former Cambodian prime minister Hun Sen has invited Pheu Thai Party leader Paetongtarn Shinawatra to Cambodia next month. He extended the invitation while paying a personal visit to former prime minister Thaksin Shinawatra at his home in Bangkok on Wednesday.

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    Witness a sacred spectacle in Pattani

    Life, Published on 22/02/2024

    » Chinese pilgrims and tourists from neighbouring Malaysia are heading to the seaside town of Pattani to attend the Lim Ko Niao Goddess Celebration, which runs until Feb 27.

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    Deepfakes will hijack your brain -- if you let them

    News, Published on 22/02/2024

    » Realistic AI-generated images and voice recordings may be the newest threat to democracy, but they're part of a longstanding family of deceptions. The way to fight so-called deepfakes isn't to develop some rumour-busting form of AI or to train the public to spot fake images. A better tactic would be to encourage a few well-known critical thinking methods -- refocusing our attention, reconsidering our sources, and questioning ourselves.

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    BoT is absolutely right in holding rates

    Oped, Chartchai Parasuk, Published on 22/02/2024

    » The whole country -- the government, its economic agencies, private economic research houses, the private sector, and academics -- is accusing the Bank of Thailand (BoT) of being stubborn for refusing to lower interest rates to support the weak economy, aka, the economy in crisis.

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    Kiss of Life to meet fans at Central

    Life, Published on 22/02/2024

    » After their debut in the middle of last year, K-pop girl group Kiss of Life will come to meet fans in the Kingdom for the first time at Chaengwattana Hall, 5th floor of Central Chaengwattana, on March 17 at 5pm.

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    Back to bite

    Oped, Postbag, Published on 22/02/2024

    » Re: "EC reviews court ruling on MFP: Decision on party dissolution 'soon' ", (BP, Feb 17).

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