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15 Dec 2013 : The official tasked with running the Feb 2 election _ if it does take place _ realises he faces a Herculean task in ridding the system of corruption.
15 Dec 2013 : Is hatred of one man _ even if it is Thaksin Shinawatra _ enough to justify a rebellion of the country's middle class, who some experts say have no other real cause than that hate?
24 Nov 2013 : Global stock markets seem to be energised by steroids, otherwise known as quantitative easing (QE). At the first sign of a reduction in the dosage, equities plummet; so why is QE apparently causing an effect in contrast to the original intention? Are you adequately prepared if the bubble bursts?
24 Nov 2013 : Wildlife trafficking is a global multibillion-dollar industry that is primarily orchestrated by well-funded and powerful international criminal syndicates. Although much media attention has been paid to the plight of exotic and endangered animals as they are transported to and from Thailand, which has become a global hub for animal trafficking, little has been done to change the status quo.
17 Nov 2013 : Most of the crew were playing cards when the call came out that they were under attack. A speed-boat with six pirates intercepted the Sathaporn Wattana in waters off Pattani's Nong Chik district. They struck in broad daylight on Oct 2, and seven of the eight-member crew stood no chance. The eighth was an inside man, working with the pirates on a three-month criminal operation to steal some of the large amounts of cash washing over the southern Gulf of Thailand.
17 Nov 2013 : On Oct 12, villagers on Ranong province's Koh Phayam island were shocked to find two bodies lying on the beach _ and another washed up in a nearby mangrove. The rescue team later discovered more bodies floating in the sea.
17 Nov 2013 : Thong feels lost in both senses of the word. After being told the plan to build a dam on the nearby Mae Wong stream had been revived, the cassava farmer, who preferred to use a pseudonym, feels defeated in his campaign to oppose the project. He is also unsure of which direction his life will take in the wake of the decision.
17 Nov 2013 : This is the harsh story of our own Miss Mott and the home-grown, inbred violence and drug savagery that seeped into Klong Toey's Slaughter House a few years back. Miss Mott was Slaughter House-born in the Year of the Rabbit _ the most gentle of creatures _ destined never to hurt anyone or anything but with predators all around.
17 Nov 2013 : At 11.30am, Cambodia's securities exchange goes to sleep. The trading floor of the CSX empties _ but then it's only about the size of a living room. The lights are turned off and most employees are off for the day. And nearly three years on from its establishment, the exchange lists a grand total of one stock.
17 Nov 2013 : Kabul's black market for illegal travel is still doing a brisk trade despite the crackdown from Australia's newly installed government on people smuggling. However, the logistics required to circumvent the authorities and ensure a safe trip have become more complex and smugglers are under pressure to maximise profits. Fake passports, forged visas, tickets to Southeast Asia, sometimes via the Middle East, and boats to Australia and elsewhere are often available for about US$25,000 (788,000 baht) a head, more than double the costs the smugglers first charged when they began plying the Kangaroo Route in the late 1990s.
17 Nov 2013 : It is not easy to create a balance between aesthetics, practicality, functionality and cost, and sometimes going back to basics may be the best approach to being both practical and unique in a market where many of the design solutions are way off.
17 Nov 2013 : Feeling confident in my ability to navigate Bangkok's largest capitalistic labyrinth, recently I ventured to Chatuchak Weekend Market. Shuffling among a sea of locals peppered with gaggles of tourists, I was reminded that if you can't find it at Chatuchak, it probably doesn't exist.