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19 May 2013 : The recent hacking of the prime minister's website set off alarm bells among the government's security watchdogs, but there are hundreds of well-trained hackers lurking in cyberspace ready to strike ill-prepared local networks.
19 May 2013 : Three years to the day that the events of April and May, 2010 culminated in the red shirt crackdown and the surrender of the United Front for Democracy against Dictatorship's leaders, Thai society remains deeply divided. Some 92 people were killed in the crackdown, from protesters to innocent bystanders, journalists to security personnel.
31 Mar 2013 : Equities and gold traditionally fare best during inflationary cycles, and the question is when, not if, inflation will emerge again. Current economic wisdom is that fuelling inflation is acceptable to kick-start economies again. So far expats have mainly seen the downsides of monetary policy implementation, ranging from negligible saving rates to home currency devaluations and pension income dilution.
31 Mar 2013 : There are many foreigners who have bought homes in Thailand with serious defects in title or ownership. Many first-time home buyers in Thailand, moreover, let the developer or seller complete all of the documentation and filing of the ownership documents without consulting someone who understands what must be done to protect the buyer's interests. And they sign documents that are in Thai, even though they can't read it.
25 Mar 2013 : THON MIN YAR, Myanmar - Deep in the lawless mountains of the Golden Triangle, sloping fields of illegal poppies have just been scraped dry for opium. This is the peak season for producing drugs here, and in Myanmar's nascent era of democratic change, the haul has only gotten bigger.
24 Mar 2013 : The future is suddenly brighter for children in an orphanage that had long struggled for funding. From impoverished backgrounds with little parental direction, through turbulent histories and with little or no possessions, the more than 70 children at Baan Jing Jai in Pattaya had few prospects until the generosity of a Scandinavian company provided the funding that will go a long way towards securing their futures.
24 Mar 2013 : For thousands of Rohingya fleeing Myanmar's troubled Rakhine state, the sleepy fishing village of Ban Hin Lat is the first port of call on their difficult quest to find better lives.
24 Mar 2013 : In June 2011, some four months after giving birth to her third child, 40-year-old Ze Nyoi was supposed to be looking after her young ones and tending to her livestock, but events out of her control forced a change of plans.
24 Mar 2013 : The last surviving member of the US World War II air combat unit, the Flying Tigers, has died. Air ace Ken Jernstedt passed away on Feb 4 at a hospice in Wilsonville, Oregon. He was 95.
24 Mar 2013 : One of the most promising sectors in Thailand's property market is undeniably retail. At present there are a total of 6.21 million square metres of retail space across 323 developments in Bangkok. With an occupancy rate of up to 96.5%, the retail market offers good growth prospects over the next five years. According to the Thai Shopping Centres Association, up to 120 billion baht worth of additional investment will be pumped into the retail sector.
24 Mar 2013 : Recent advances in stock markets are pointing to a brighter future, reflecting improvements in the US economic outlook. But are we really basing expectations on solid fundamentals, perhaps treading on thin ice? Markets reflect recent volatility, yet the fear factor is declining. Where are we heading?
24 Mar 2013 : For the last two weeks we've been covering the legalities of home financing for foreigners in Thailand. Last week we contacted several big Thai banks and asked them whether they offered loans to foreigners to purchase property and, if so, on what terms.