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  • April 7, 2014

    A land in need of a good book

    At 6pm each evening, U Cho opens his book-rental shop below the bottom staircase of the decrepit apartment building where he lives with his family in downtown Yangon. A few elderly customers wait patiently outside. "I'd like to stay open all day, but it's no longer viable to rent a place for thing kind of business," says Cho, 69. For years he rented the ground-floor apartment in the ramshackle...

    Life
  • April 7, 2014

    History shrouded in golden nutmeg

    After a long time away, acclaimed artist Titarubi is back home with a solo exhibition, "Discourse of the Past", an investigation into Indonesian history. Titarubi, whose work has been collected and exhibited throughout Asia and Europe, displays five pieces in the exhibition at the Philo Art Space in South Jakarta until April 18. They include sculptures, installations and a drawing series. ...

    Life
  • March 17, 2014

    Military reshuffle expected today

    THE OUTSPOKEN Naval Special Warfare Command chief and a |senior Army officer whose promotion was suspended because he was tied to a violent clash with the red-shirts four years ago may be highlights of the mid-year military reshuffle. The reshuffle, which will take effect next month, is expected to be announced today. The first involves the transfer of Rear Admiral Winai Klom-in, chief of the Naval...

    Politics
  • March 17, 2014

    Army may sue 'red shirt' who called for uprising

    A YouTube video features "Wuthipong" in a phone interview telling a radio host that he has stored arms and supplies to fight the Army in a battle of the "giant elephant and red ants". He also urged fellow red shirts to donate material, saying moral support was no longer enough. The armed struggle against the military would kick off as soon as the National Anti-Corruption Commission indicts...

    Politics
  • March 10, 2014

    Dear sir, political bias can warp people's judgement

    ... in remarkable fashion. Here are some examples of his "fact-based" observations: The government and its supporters rejoice in the deaths of children. Utterly wrong, and insulting. Some red-shirt hotheads do not represent the government and its supporters. The anti-government protesters are non-violent, unarmed and acting within their constitutional rights. Wrong, wrong and wrong. They...

    Opinion
  • March 9, 2014

    Army should stop with its pretentiousness and address real issues

    The Army is demanding legal action be taken against a small band of red shirt activists who floated the idea of a separate state with the capital in Chiang Mai. Army chief General Prayuth Chan-ocha accused these activists of being separatists and accused them of committing treason. The secession proposal from Wuthipong Kotthammakhun, aka "Ko Tee", reflects an emotionally charged man. His feelings...

    Opinion
  • March 6, 2014

    Thaksin would never let it happen

    The simple answer to these radically minded reds is to consult their boss in Dubai. Hell will freeze over before he agrees to settle for the poorer half of the country. Without a port, oil refinery, industry and all the capital in Bangkok, Thaksin would rather play golf in Montenegro. Andy Chiang Mai

    Opinion
  • March 4, 2014

    Security centre tells reds to stay clear of Bangkok

    CMPO member Tarit Pengdith, who is also director-general of the Department of Special Investigation (DSI), said the centre thanked community radio groups and red-shirt factions for ending their rally in front of the National Anti-Corruption Commission headquarters, which blocked officers from going to work. The anti-government People's Democratic Reform Committee (PDRC)'s move to relocate its "Bangkok shutdown...

    Politics
  • March 3, 2014

    Keep out of our town, red DJ tells artists who backed PDRC

    Apichart Inson or DJ Uan, a Chiang Mai red-shirt leader, posted a video clip on social media telling all artists who joined the PDRC rallies that they should not show up or perform in Chiang Mai. "Chiang Mai is Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra's home town so if artists who support the PDRC go to Chiang Mai, red shirts will go to welcome them" Apichart said on his one-minute clip. Apichart also posted photos of...

    Politics
  • March 3, 2014

    Reds face sedition charge

    PRO-GOVERNMENT red-shirts in Chiang Mai and Phayao advocating |partition from the rest of the country will be charged with sedition under legal action launched by Army chief General Prayuth Chan-ocha. Third Army Region commander Lt Gen Preecha Chan-ocha, whose has authority over areas in the North, said yesterday that secessionist and related activities - including preparation for such action - were illegal...

    Politics