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    BNK48 X S44

    Guru, Pornchai Sereemongkonpol, Published on 27/04/2018

    » On Tuesday, everyone seemed to be talking about the meeting between PM Prayut Chan-o-cha and BNK48 idol group to promote a family-friendly radio station by the government's Public Relations Department. I still can't get over how adorable it was, so here are some memes to commemorate the kawaii encounter. P.S. I kid with love. g


    Myanmar govt faces its next Rakhine showdown

    News, Larry Jagan, Published on 27/04/2018

    » International pressure is again mounting on the Myanmar government over its treatment of ethnic communities in the strife-torn western region of Rakhine. Unprecedented violence there over the last 12 months has forced more than 700,000 Muslim refugees -- or Rohingya -- to flee to neighbouring Bangladesh for safety.


    Defrocking bad monks just part of reform

    News, Sanitsuda Ekachai, Published on 27/04/2018

    » When a group of senior monks in Thailand's highest governing body of clerics faced corruption scrutiny earlier this month, there was no public shock, only a stamp of approval. That says volumes about public discontent with the clergy.


    Ease up on Section 44

    News, Editorial, Published on 27/04/2018

    » This month marks the first anniversary of the promulgation of the constitution. Yet, Section 44 under the 2014 interim charter which grants Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha, in his capacity as head of the National Council for Peace and Order (NCPO), special and absolute powers remains as the supreme law of the country. Since the coup, it has been repeatedly and indiscriminately revoked to serve the regime's desire for immediate results.


    Hard heads must prevail on N Korea

    News, Michael Schuman, Published on 27/04/2018

    » Hope is again rising on the Korean peninsula. Today, South Korea's President Moon Jae-in and North Korean dictator Kim Jong-un will hold a summit in the Demilitarised Zone that has divided the two states for 65 years. The meeting raises the prospect that this pointless and anachronistic conflict can finally be brought to an end, or at the very least, that the tensions now threatening global security and world financial markets can be reduced.

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