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  • A tourist’s guide to watching Muay Thai in Thailand

    By Feb 25, 2011

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    Thai and foreigners practice "muay thai," or kickboxing, at Sor Vorapin boxing camp in Bangkok, Aug. 13, 2002.

    by James Goyder Muay Thai is the national sport of Thailand and a trip to a stadium to witness the ‘science of the two limbs’ is an essential part of many tourist’s experience. Unfortunately the reputation of Muay Thai shows here have been slightly soured in recent years for two reasons; the first is the

  • The tale of two trials: Da Torpedo and Chiranuch Premchaiporn

    By Feb 25, 2011

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    The tale of two trials: Da Torpedo and Chiranuch Premchaiporn

    By Saksith Saiyasombut Over the last weeks both the international media and to some extent the local media as well have taken great interest in the trail of Chiranuch Premchaiporn, webmaster of the news site Prachatai, who has been charged for anti-monarchy comments on the website made by one of the readers, despite having complied

  • Muangthong United change coach before season has even started

    By Feb 24, 2011

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    Muangthong United change coach before season has even started

    by James Goyder Incredible scenes at Thai Premier League Champion’s Muangthong United as new coach Carlos Roberto Carvalho was removed from his post yesterday before their Thai Premier League season has even started. Carvalho, who was only appointed last month, will be replaced by club owner Robert Procureur, pictured in black shirt. It is the

  • Inter-school violence and the value of life in Thailand

    By Feb 22, 2011

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    by James Goyder When I was school boy violent threats, generally of a far fetched nature, were a matter of routine, but occasions on which anyone came to actual physical harm were few and far between. The most extreme example I can remember is when someone on their way to a school disco had their

  • Thai cyber-police’s warning to netizens abroad

    By Feb 22, 2011

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    Thai cyber-police’s warning to netizens abroad

    By Saksith Saiyasombut 2Bangkok.com has posted has a scan from a booklet provided by the Thai Ministry of Information and Communications Technology (MICT) explaining the following: The page reads: “Michael: Does everyone know that the bill regulating computer crimes is subject to penalize the wrongdoer outside the Kingdom of Thailand as well? If there is

  • Thailand: The curious case of the two Buriram football clubs

    By Feb 22, 2011

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    Newin Chidchob. Pic: AP.

    by James Goyder The margins between sport and politics often get blurred. In Italy Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi is hoping that, after some extensive investment, his AC Milan team will do well enough this season to deflect attention from some of his other alleged extra curricular activities. You only need to glance at some of

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