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08 Dec 2013 : Phoo, a 31-year-old political science student studying at Ramkhamhaeng University usually keeps her distance from both sides of Thai politics. But last Saturday, her friends urged her to join the anti-government rally outside the campus.
08 Dec 2013 : Ramkhamhaeng University has long been a hotbed of activism, with students from the South having a history of being politically engaged and fighting for their rights.
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).
10 Nov 2013 : The amnesty bill has become a festering wound for the government, but the Pheu Thai MP who readied it for parliament doesn't believe it's him or his political overlord who are responsible for the ensuing public outpouring of resentment.
10 Nov 2013 : At the main temple complex of Preah Vihear, a feeble soldier props himself up on a temple stone. He's sick and is administering himself intravenous fluid. He uses his feet against the cutout to hold his torso straight while balancing the bag of fluid.
10 Nov 2013 : By day, Pum Thomachat is a women's village. Teenage girls ride bicycles down its lone dirt road while mothers sell cheap perishables at the makeshift market. Small children play in the alleyways, clogged with rubbish, with no fathers in sight.
10 Nov 2013 : Becoming financially secure is so simple that almost no one wants to believe it: Save regularly, reinvest your interest and dividend income, maintain your contributions even during down cycles, and you will accumulate wealth. It is that simple.