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    Lo Hsing Han: the life and crimes of Asia's heroin king

    Spectrum, Alan Dawson, Published on 21/07/2013

    » Lo Hsing Han, who was buried in Yangon last week, led three exciting lives in his 80 or so years.

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    Out of mind, in plain sight

    Spectrum, Tunya Sukpanich, Published on 21/07/2013

    » Son was a familiar figure wandering aimlessly and obviously "out of it" in Rangsit district, where he lived in a local temple. Rescue workers came to the temple in response to a call from a concerned citizen and took him for treatment at a government mental hospital, and slowly he regained his wits and memory. Son couldn't remember anything about his family but fortunately they did not forget him. Now he is safe, recuperating at his home in Chaiyaphum province. Son is one of a lucky few suffering from severe mental illness on the streets who receive attention and help. Most suffer in silence and loneliness.

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    Amid change, Rohingya remain Myanmar's 'elephant in the room'

    Spectrum, Achara Ashayagachat, Published on 21/07/2013

    » Approaching the second half of his four-year term, President Thein Sein has seemingly managed to steer the country forward on the path to democratisation and reconciliation, and shown good faith in resolving several bitter issues. Early last week, his announcement in London of his government's intention to release all political prisoners and achieve reconciliation with all ethnic groups was welcomed internationally and at home. Hundreds of exiles who fled the country in separate waves since 1988 have returned to check out the new air of optimism on the ground. Problematic issues impeding the civilian parliamentarian system have been open for debate and some have been partially addressed.


    Pitfalls and curveballs: Common errors expats make

    Spectrum, Andrew Wood, Published on 21/07/2013

    » Ignorance and inertia are often the biggest hurdles expats must overcome when living in Asia. Today we'll look at some of the more common and costly errors.


    Medical malpractice in Thailand: Part 2

    Spectrum, Angus Mitchell, Published on 21/07/2013

    » Last week, we introduced you to the legal definition of medical malpractice, which is professional negligence by an act or omission of a healthcare provider where the treatment falls below the accepted standard of practice in the medical community and causes injury or death of the patient. We outlined both the civil and criminal laws that govern medical malpractice lawsuits, and the possible compensation one could receive depending on the injury suffered. Today, we would like to delve further into what happens when medical malpractice occurs, as well as legislation currently before parliament that offers additional protections to victims of medical malpractice.


    Top-level corruption? Hey, it's run of the mill

    Brunch, Andrew Biggs, Published on 21/07/2013

    » Recently I was at a government office to collect a cheque. As is usual in such circumstances, prior to receiving the cheque I was required to sit and wait in deferential silence as a friendly government official glanced over the burgeoning documents necessary to receive a cheque from the government; I must have felled an entire rai of Khao Yai for those photocopies.


    Kanye West devilishly good on 'Yeezus'

    Brunch, Chanun Poomsawai, Published on 21/07/2013

    » American rapper Kanye West has never been one to shy away from making bold, often outrageous statements. Considering his well-publicised stunts and antics - most of which have only helped his career - West could very well adopt "controversial" as his middle name. But if 21 Grammy awards are anything to go by, the guy's not just all talk. Following the ballsy Banksy-esque promotion that saw West's face projected onto buildings around the world, his sixth studio album, Yeezus, is indeed poised to make its voice heard loudly and clearly.


    Awed in Austria: Revisiting master painter's inspiration

    Brunch, Laurie Lico Albanese, Published on 21/07/2013

    » Viennese painter Gustav Klimt first visited the stunning turquoise waters of Lake Attersee, in northern Austria, as a young man in search of a summer refuge. That he found, along with inspiration. Not long before he had written to a friend: "It is terrible, awful here in Vienna. Everything parched, hot, dreadful, all this work on top of it, the `bustle' - I long to be gone like never before."


    Fruits to sway a sweet tooth

    Brunch, Suthon Sukphisit, Published on 21/07/2013

    » People tend to think that new things are better than old ones, and in the case of mobile phones, computers, cars, shoes and the like, they are probably right. But it's a different story with recipes. We can be sure that dishes that have been popular for generations and that leave nothing to be desired will be with us as long as Thai food is prepared. Old-fashioned dishes are like a river that flows slowly and quietly, not turbulently and noisily as a newly-formed wave. People who appreciate them are mostly from older generations.


    Blowing away the arguments against big trees in Bangkok

    Brunch, Normita Thongtham, Published on 21/07/2013

    » Last week's column on Pterocarpus indicus, or pradoo, in bloom on Rama IV Road made me pay closer attention to trees along Bangkok's streets. Five days a week I have to fetch my grandson from school in the Dusit area, and from my gate near Suan Phlu to the school, I pass by many trees along the way.

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