Macho men: Tough-guy leaders usher in controversy and questions across global politics (Bangkok Post)

                  A handful of unabashedly macho politicians have begun to redefine global politics through their partiality for blunt pragmatism over political correctness. From Rodrigo Duterte in the Philippines and Prayut Chan-o-cha in Thailand to Donald Trump in the United States and Vladimir Putin in Russia, the modus …

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Bangkok shouldn’t be good for expats — but it is (BBC Capital)

Many expats try to overlook the more unseemly elements of life in Bangkok, like its sex industry. (Credit:Quynh Anh Nguyen/GettyImages) At face value, Bangkok shouldn’t be a great place for an expat assignment. The threat of political instability is the highest in the region, next to Indonesia. The Thai economy continues to be outshined by neighbours: growth projections for …

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Food for thought: a good deed in the diet

Ever wonder how you can help change the world? Believe it or not, the answer can be found with your choices of breakfast, lunch and dinner. Heavy-protein diets and overindulgence in processed foods are, in fact, not only bad for your health, but also straining on the finite resources with which these foodstuffs are made …

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Malaysia & Thailand: The Odd Couple

Over the past few years I have spent extended periods of time on both sides of the Thai-Malay border living in the two neighboring countries that bisect the Malaysian Peninsula. Sitting up my last night in the garment factory/townhouse I have been lodging at on and off in Bangkok for the last month before heading back …

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