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    On the shores of the nameless

    Spectrum, Tunya Sukpanich, Published on 17/11/2013

    » On Oct 12, villagers on Ranong province's Koh Phayam island were shocked to find two bodies lying on the beach _ and another washed up in a nearby mangrove. The rescue team later discovered more bodies floating in the sea.

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    Beasts of burden

    Spectrum, Tunya Sukpanich, Published on 27/10/2013

    » What began as a supposed attempt to stamp out elephant poaching has turned into a conflict of jumbo proportions.

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    Dark side of the force

    Spectrum, Tunya Sukpanich, Published on 06/10/2013

    » Early on the morning of Jan 20, 2011, a single gunshot rang out at Prachin Buri's Raboh Phai police station.

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    A childhood behind bars

    Spectrum, Tunya Sukpanich, Published on 22/09/2013

    » To their classmates at an elite Bangkok international school, Nip and Djo are much like any of the other hundreds of foreign students.

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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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    Jet-setting monk flies into turbulence

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

    » He's a high-flying monk who stirred controversy when he was filmed aboard a private jet donning designer sunglasses and high-tech gadgets last month. But Phra Wirapol Sukphol now appears set for a hard landing as supporters and critics face off over accusations of fraud, money laundering and sexual misconduct at his Si Sa Ket monastery.

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    Foreign monks 'ain't misbehaving'

    Spectrum, Tunya Sukpanich, Published on 28/04/2013

    » The abbot of Bangkok's Wat Talom knows that the growing number of foreign monks staying there is causing disquiet in the local community, following complaints of overcrowding, soliciting cash and "improper" behaviour. Phra Maha Somnuek Chutintaro says the number of foreign monks at the temple in Phasicharoen district now totals 316, with the majority from Myanmar (160) followed by Bangladesh (60) and Cambodia (50) and the remainder from India, Vietnam and Laos.

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    Nationalist agenda stirred ahead of temple meeting

    Spectrum, Tunya Sukpanich, Published on 07/04/2013

    » Thai villagers living near the disputed territory around Preah Vihear are demanding that their ''traditional'' farmland be returned to them in a reflection of a nationalist agenda being nurtured on the border.

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    Cites wraps up in Bangkok to mixed reviews

    Spectrum, Tunya Sukpanich, Published on 17/03/2013

    » The Cites conference wrapped up in Bangkok on Thursday with opinions sharply divided on what advances the meeting made to protect the planet's endangered species. What progress the host country has made in this regard was also a subject of intense debate.

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    'Human cargo in need of compassion'

    Spectrum, Tunya Sukpanich, Published on 03/02/2013

    » 'Why is this not human trafficking? If this is not human trafficking, what else could it be?'' asked an emotional Abdul Kalam, coordinator of Thailand's Rohingya National Organisation. He was referring to the decision last Monday to repatriate Rohingya from Myanmar's Rakhine state. The National Security Council, along with the Foreign Ministry, ruled that human trafficking plays no part in the rickety boats full of Rohingya that have washed up on Thai shores because there was no evidence of slave labour, forced prostitution or forced begging. Therefore the Rohingya can stay a maximum of six months in Thailand before they are sent back to Myanmar.

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