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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...

Get off your high horse, America, we do not need a ride
June 26, 2014 1:00 am

Get off your high horse, America, we do not need a ride

The Thais collectively have made a mess of their political system." The patronising words, with a typically blinkered anti-coup undertone, come from an American academician. Like him, his government has since May 22 been preaching down to...

That gold-coloured handbag in the box still had stuffing in it
June 19, 2014 1:00 am

That gold-coloured handbag in the box still had stuffing in it

She had all the trappings of wealth and more. Nonetheless, over the last 20 years of her life, she lived in an unadorned room of a hospital in New York without being ill. It is where she passed unceremoniously in 2011 at the age of 104. She was...

Control-Alt-Delete: The bamboozling nature of the three-finger salute
June 5, 2014 1:00 am

Control-Alt-Delete: The bamboozling nature of the three-finger salute

The gesture has become a symbol of defiance, as the cat-and mouse game between a small group of anti-coup protesters (the eager mice) and the military and police (the reluctant cat) moves around town.