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  • “An ant colony is a super-organism, which has inherited this amazing behaviour from generation to generation for a hundred million years…If Thais perform our duty and hold on to morality […]

    The ant analogy

    “An ant colony is a super-organism, which has inherited this amazing behaviour from generation to generation for a hundred million years…If Thais perform our duty and hold on to morality […]

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  • From the New York Times:  9 Arrested in Plan to Oust Laos Government By THE NEW YORK TIMES Published: June 5, 2007 SAN FRANCISCO, June 4 — Federal agents raided more […]

    Stranger than fiction?

    From the New York Times:  9 Arrested in Plan to Oust Laos Government By THE NEW YORK TIMES Published: June 5, 2007 SAN FRANCISCO, June 4 — Federal agents raided more […]

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  • Sufficiency economy is now a notion that pervades numerous aspects of Thai government operation. Sometimes this may signal a real shift in policy but more often, I suspect, it represents […]

    Sufficiency and the rich

    Sufficiency economy is now a notion that pervades numerous aspects of Thai government operation. Sometimes this may signal a real shift in policy but more often, I suspect, it represents […]

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  • From regular New Mandala reader, Maylee: Cambodia’s first educational text book dealing with the atrocities of the Khmer Rouge has now been released throughout the country and online. Until now […]

    Probing a painful past

    From regular New Mandala reader, Maylee: Cambodia’s first educational text book dealing with the atrocities of the Khmer Rouge has now been released throughout the country and online. Until now […]

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  • From yesterday’s Sydney Morning Herald: CAMBODIA is being systematically stripped of its natural assets by a small elite of politicians, relatives of its prime minister, and businessmen working with the […]

    Cambodia’s kleptocratic plunder

    From yesterday’s Sydney Morning Herald: CAMBODIA is being systematically stripped of its natural assets by a small elite of politicians, relatives of its prime minister, and businessmen working with the […]

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  •   In late April, I posted some Burmese images of the Buddhist saint/spirit Upakhut. During my recent visit to Sipsonpanna I was delighted to see this lively representation of Upakhut at the […]

    Upakhut in Sipsongpanna

      In late April, I posted some Burmese images of the Buddhist saint/spirit Upakhut. During my recent visit to Sipsonpanna I was delighted to see this lively representation of Upakhut at the […]

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  •   David in Siam provides this nice juxtaposition of images of Thailand’s entrant in Miss Universe, Fahroong Yutitham. The background is provided in an impassioned statement about cultural racism from […]

    Spot the Thai national dress

      David in Siam provides this nice juxtaposition of images of Thailand’s entrant in Miss Universe, Fahroong Yutitham. The background is provided in an impassioned statement about cultural racism from […]

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  • A joke told by Chaiwat Satha-anand at a recent meeting in Bangkok: A student is looking on the Reference shelves in a Bangkok university’s library for a copy of Thailand’s […]

    Light relief

    A joke told by Chaiwat Satha-anand at a recent meeting in Bangkok: A student is looking on the Reference shelves in a Bangkok university’s library for a copy of Thailand’s […]

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  •   Two weeks ago I had a one-day trip to Prachin Buri, a couple of hours drive to the north-east of Bangkok (thanks to Man and Pim for taking me there). […]

    Catchment complexity

      Two weeks ago I had a one-day trip to Prachin Buri, a couple of hours drive to the north-east of Bangkok (thanks to Man and Pim for taking me there). […]

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  • The decision by the opposition Democrat-except-when-we-cannot-win-an-election-and-then-a-coup-is-ok Party to boycott last year’s general election (because they knew they would lose) has now paid off handsomely. The final result of the electoral […]

    Electoral sabotage bears rich fruit

    The decision by the opposition Democrat-except-when-we-cannot-win-an-election-and-then-a-coup-is-ok Party to boycott last year’s general election (because they knew they would lose) has now paid off handsomely. The final result of the electoral […]

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