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Lesson from America: When a 'JV' team turned into an NBA...
September 18, 2014 1:00 am

Lesson from America: When a 'JV' team turned into an NBA...

Last week on Wednesday, President Obama gave a prime-time speech to the nation on what he had in store for the Islamic State. More than 34 million Americans tuned in to hear Obama vow to "degrade and ultimately destroy" this barbarous...

Unveiling the real killer of human rights
September 11, 2014 1:00 am

Unveiling the real killer of human rights

The photograph of Krissuda Kunasan posing proudly in front of the United Nations Human Right Commission (UNHRC) office in Geneva mocks the sensibility of many Thais. She was there to report on suppression of freedom of expression by the National...

The fault of ML Panadda
August 28, 2014 9:20 am

The fault of ML Panadda

Harry Truman, one of America's most underrated presidents, had a reputation for hell-raising rhetoric:

Understanding depression
August 23, 2014 1:00 am

Understanding depression

The suicide of Robin Williams - a universally acclaimed comic genius - struck many baby-boomers hard. They grew up with him, and marvelled at his unique ability to morph into different characters and dialects at the snap of a finger, drawing belly...

As the Arabs see the Jews: A perspective of a king of Jordan (Part II)
August 14, 2014 1:00 am

As the Arabs see the Jews: A perspective of a king of Jordan (Part II)

Seventy years ago, King Abdullah I bin al-Hussein, the grandfather of King Abdullah II, the current monarch of Jordan, penned an article in the now defunct American Magazine. What he wrote then is as pertinent today as it was then.

How the Arabs see Jews - a perspective from a king of Jordan
August 7, 2014 1:00 am

How the Arabs see Jews - a perspective from a king of Jordan

The article quoted below was written by King Hussein's grandfather, King Abdullah of Jordan. It was first published in the United States in the American Magazine in 1947, six months before the 1948 Arab-Israeli War. It is still relevant today.

The existential agony of a Bangkok urbanite
July 31, 2014 1:00 am

The existential agony of a Bangkok urbanite

Exactly at 8 o'clock in the morning, every single day, seven days a week, she wakes up to the insufferably throbbing sound of pile-driving equipment drilling the concrete shafts into the ground. These days, she even considers the daily 8...

Gaza carnage - the 'living cartoon of the war in the Middle...
July 24, 2014 1:00 am

Gaza carnage - the 'living cartoon of the war in the Middle...

As the atrocities in Gaza continue and hundreds of innocent people perished senselessly, the world, especially the West, continues to perform its self-gratifying and preposterous umpiring "duty". It calls for the Palestinians to respect...

The New Development Bank: Be careful what you wish for
July 17, 2014 1:00 am

The New Development Bank: Be careful what you wish for

The agreement that was just signed at the BRICS (Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa) Summit in Fortaleza, Brazil, on Tuesday, to formally establish a new international financial institution - The New Development Bank - has caught the...

Not too late to save our ailing body politic
July 3, 2014 1:00 am

Not too late to save our ailing body politic

The release of Veera Somkwamkid from a Cambodian jail on Tuesday highlighted the abysmal disorder of the Thai "body politic". British political thinker Thomas Hobbes (1588-1679) defined the body politic as a geographic area with a...