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As the climate stews, all eyes turn to Paris
December 1, 2015 1:00 am

As the climate stews, all eyes turn to Paris

November usually brings cooling breezes that are a blessing to Bangkok's summer-scalded inhabitants. This year we waited in vain for the temperature to fall below 30 degrees Celsius and were deluged by rain instead.

The challenge of hard-scrabble daily life in Myanmar
November 17, 2015 1:00 am

The challenge of hard-scrabble daily life in Myanmar

A week in Yangon shed a lot of light on the hardships faced by the vast majority of its citizens. Sadly, the daily struggle is unlikely to ease soon no matter who is running the country.

Myanmar: After the exhilaration comes the doubt
November 10, 2015 1:00 am

Myanmar: After the exhilaration comes the doubt

It was the only show in town on Sunday, as huge numbers of people showed up at Yangon's polling stations. The shining eyes reflected voters' eagerness to voice their aspirations for change.

Hanker for the life of a corporate god? Think again
November 3, 2015 1:00 am

Hanker for the life of a corporate god? Think again

Most top executives at major companies envisage themselves as corporate chiefs. They do, after all, enjoy absolute power and extravagant lifestyles.

Thailand's tough choice: TPP or RCEP
October 27, 2015 1:00 am

Thailand's tough choice: TPP or RCEP

Believe it or not, google "TPP" and you get over 82 million hits.

Living the Bangkok life upcountry is possible - AT A PRICE
October 20, 2015 1:00 am

Living the Bangkok life upcountry is possible - AT A PRICE

Anyone looking for a detached house in Bangkok is looking at a price tag of at least Bt3 million. And that money will only get you a place in the suburbs, not downtown, which is reserved for condominiums whose units are being sold at over Bt200,000...

A connected world isn't always a better world
October 13, 2015 1:00 am

A connected world isn't always a better world

When Myanmar opened its doors five years ago, few imagined the country's telecom industry would develop so fast. Now, the entry of two international mobile-phone operators has seen user costs plummet to a level close to Thai rates. The Internet...

Social media spurs fake reality on the Internet: What defence do we...
October 6, 2015 1:00 am

Social media spurs fake reality on the Internet: What defence do we...

In December 2012, a clip was posted on YouTube showing a golden eagle swooping down on a family in a park and snatching a toddler. It caused a wave of concern among parents, even when they didn't know where the footage was taken. Others were...

New economic freedoms rouse Myanmar's sleeping giant
September 29, 2015 1:00 am

New economic freedoms rouse Myanmar's sleeping giant

Last week, Myanmar officials wore big smiles at the official launch of the Thilawa Special Economic Zone.

Adjusting to the 'new normal'
September 22, 2015 1:00 am

Adjusting to the 'new normal'

Nothing is everlasting. Few would argue that the Buddhist teaching is wrong. Religious insight is confirmed by our everyday experience: the only constant is constant change.