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"Damn, they're so Lao," Pongsaton Gitprachaya was reported to have said while covering the Motor Expo in Vientiane posted on his Facebook, referring to pictures taken at the event by the Lao photographers. He believed he could have taken better pictures than the Lao photographers did.
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Last April, ex-President Fidel Ramos told me and a few others, with a twinkle in his eye, that he was voting Ro-Ro: not Roxas-Robredo, but Rodrigo Duterte and Leni Robredo. It was about time we had a president from Mindanao, he said.
 
There is a sense that unless urgent corrective steps are taken, Pakistan may slip towards international isolation.
 
Thailand's World Cup hopes were all but ended this week after a brave performance proved to be inadequate in securing points against the United Arab Emirates. The 3-1 defeat left the Thai national team at the bottom of the Asian qualifying in Group B after three games.
 
Now here's a thought: Have you noticed that each of the major epoch-making events of the past quarter of a century have caught all the experts off guard?
 
Even by the violent standards of Karachi, the size of the arms haul uncovered in a raid on Wednesday is astonishing.
 
There is something to be said for strategic ambiguity. India's claim of a surgical strike across the Line of Control (LoC) in divided Kashmir has been met with Pakistani denial. At least one side is being economical about the truth, although it may well, in fact, be both. Perhaps it is just as well.
 
Concerns about relations between Singapore and China have flared again, after the Global Times claimed that Singapore had pushed to include an international tribunal's ruling on the South China Sea in the final document of the recent Non-Aligned Movement (NAM) summit.
 
One would imagine that a document listing individuals described as "proscribed persons under the law" would be of paramount importance for Pakistan, a country in the throes of a do-or-die battle against militancy.
 
Frustrated by Pakistan's refusal to bow to Indian diktat, encouraged by its strategic partnership with the U.S., alarmed by the renewed revolt in India-held Jammu and Kashmir and humiliated by the killing of 18 Indian soldiers in Uri, Narendra Modi is on the path of war against Pakistan.
 
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