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    The passport checks that were missed

    Spectrum, Published on 16/03/2014

    » Lita Wandee is a Thai aviation security consultant who has spent the past five years working at “red zone” airports in some of the most volatile countries in the world.

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    Fire starters on the fringe

    Spectrum, Justin Heifetz, Published on 16/03/2014

    » Kai is ready to leave the rubbish dump where he lives — but not because he wants to.

  • THAILAND

    Something rotten in the system

    Spectrum, Chiratas Nivatpumin, Published on 16/03/2014

    » By most measures, corruption in Thailand today is as entrenched as ever. In the World Economic Forum’s latest competitiveness report, corruption is ranked far and away as the number one problem facing businesses. Transparency International, in its 2013 global survey, ranked Thailand 102 out of 177 countries, twice as bad as Malaysia and a far cry from Singapore’s region-leading place of fifth.

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    The disappearance of the love shacks

    Spectrum, Published on 16/03/2014

    » It’s nearing sunset on a Friday evening in the dry season, and in the village of Tang Kamal in Ratanakiri women gather by the well to bathe and collect water. Cooling off from a long day of farming, they try to avoid tripping over the pigs, dogs and chickens that clamour around their feet. When the sun sets, many of these women will sleep with their families in their homes. But some of the teenage girls will be an exception. It is a tradition in the Kreung minority, scattered in 27 villages around Ratanakiri’s Ochum district, to build girls their own private huts when they hit puberty. The idea of these huts, or “girls’ houses”, as they are referred to by the communities themselves, is that girls can have the space and opportunity to invite boys over, get to know them, and have sex with them if they want to.

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    Follow your heart when buying your home

    Spectrum, Published on 16/03/2014

    » Owning a home is everyone’s dream, but finding a home that satisfies all your requirements is not easy. For one thing, you often face a dilemma when choosing between a home that you like and a home that would make a good investment. It would be great if you could get a property that satisfied both criteria.

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    Exporting megawatts — Part III

    Spectrum, Angus Mitchell, Published on 16/03/2014

    » Last time we reviewed the sources of Thailand’s electricity, and noted that some of the supply comes from its neighbour to the north, Lao PDR. Almost all of Lao power projects are hydroelectric projects, often sponsored (ie funded and organised) by Thai developers and Thai banks. Thailand’s thirst for electricity has been a boon to the Lao economy, and the supply of that electricity by Laos has helped fuel Thailand’s rapid growth; a classic symbiotic relationship in many respects. Yet the cross-border supply of electricity is a legally and politically complex enterprise. Let’s look at how it is done between Laos and Thailand.

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