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01 Dec 2013 : As Suthep's revolutionaries eyeballed Thaksin's refuseniks across the wreckage of Thailand's international reputation last week, the true casualty in the political power struggle has been democracy and its future role in the Kingdom.
01 Dec 2013 : Naw Mu Htoo is constantly leaking urine. A gentle 16-year-old, she's already had a stillbirth and moves by wheelchair _ if she moves at all. She can't stand, or her catheter pulls out.
17 Nov 2013 : Most of the crew were playing cards when the call came out that they were under attack. A speed-boat with six pirates intercepted the Sathaporn Wattana in waters off Pattani's Nong Chik district. They struck in broad daylight on Oct 2, and seven of the eight-member crew stood no chance. The eighth was an inside man, working with the pirates on a three-month criminal operation to steal some of the large amounts of cash washing over the southern Gulf of Thailand.
17 Nov 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.
17 Nov 2013 : Thong feels lost in both senses of the word. After being told the plan to build a dam on the nearby Mae Wong stream had been revived, the cassava farmer, who preferred to use a pseudonym, feels defeated in his campaign to oppose the project. He is also unsure of which direction his life will take in the wake of the decision.
17 Nov 2013 : This is the harsh story of our own Miss Mott and the home-grown, inbred violence and drug savagery that seeped into Klong Toey's Slaughter House a few years back. Miss Mott was Slaughter House-born in the Year of the Rabbit _ the most gentle of creatures _ destined never to hurt anyone or anything but with predators all around.
17 Nov 2013 : At 11.30am, Cambodia's securities exchange goes to sleep. The trading floor of the CSX empties _ but then it's only about the size of a living room. The lights are turned off and most employees are off for the day. And nearly three years on from its establishment, the exchange lists a grand total of one stock.
17 Nov 2013 : Kabul's black market for illegal travel is still doing a brisk trade despite the crackdown from Australia's newly installed government on people smuggling. However, the logistics required to circumvent the authorities and ensure a safe trip have become more complex and smugglers are under pressure to maximise profits. Fake passports, forged visas, tickets to Southeast Asia, sometimes via the Middle East, and boats to Australia and elsewhere are often available for about US$25,000 (788,000 baht) a head, more than double the costs the smugglers first charged when they began plying the Kangaroo Route in the late 1990s.
17 Nov 2013 : It is not easy to create a balance between aesthetics, practicality, functionality and cost, and sometimes going back to basics may be the best approach to being both practical and unique in a market where many of the design solutions are way off.
17 Nov 2013 : Feeling confident in my ability to navigate Bangkok's largest capitalistic labyrinth, recently I ventured to Chatuchak Weekend Market. Shuffling among a sea of locals peppered with gaggles of tourists, I was reminded that if you can't find it at Chatuchak, it probably doesn't exist.
10 Nov 2013 : The demonstrations were unlike any which came before them. Thousands turned out, in all colours and of all ages, in a people-led movement powered by social media that transcended politics. It was almost as if the country collectively said: Enough. The government had been too blatant and too forceful in its attempt to bring home former prime minister Thaksin Shinawatra, and was willing to sell out too many principles and people to achieve this aim with a blanket amnesty bill.
10 Nov 2013 : Whenever the subject of political rallies in Thailand comes up, one of the key images in people's minds is sure to be that of Maj Gen Chamlong Srimuang. He has been a colourful player in Thai politics since his days as an army general when he formed the ''Young Turks'' faction loyal to Prem Tinsulanonda, who became prime minister in 1980. After leaving the military he founded the Palang Dham Party and later the Santi Asoke Buddhist sect which played a prominent role in the early anti-Thaksin Shinawatra movement and also became closely allied with the People's Alliance for Democracy (PAD).