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Lost Causes

Those of us who worked in Reuters in Baghdad were big fans of Pirates of the Caribbean. We agreed between us that there were some principles we would always try to live our lives by. We called it the Pirate Code. The first rule was that we would never, ever, give up on somebody unless we knew absolutely for certain that all hope was gone.

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Fishy Facebook tales in Thailand

Unable to discuss important but sensitive issues publicly, many Thais have found alternative ways to communicate news and opinion through the appropriation of certain symbols, and allegorical tales. A complete list of the banned literary devices can be accessed at the Ministry’s website, and includes popular phrases such as “when the leaf finally falls from the tree,” “whispers behind the wall,” and “Lady Macbeth.”