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  • OPINION

    Reunification of Syria under Assad

    News, Gwynne Dyer, Published on 04/01/2017

    » So far the end-game in Syria has played out in an entirely predictable way. All of Aleppo is back in the Syrian government's hands, that decisive victory for President Bashar al-Assad and his Russian backers has been followed by a ceasefire, and the Russians are now organising a peace conference in Astana, Kazakhstan for later this month.

  • BUSINESS

    Syria and Trump-Xi talks keep investors on sidelines

    Business, Published on 10/04/2017

    » Recap: Markets were rattled late last week after US cruise missiles struck a Syrian air base, while global investors moved to the sidelines pending the outcome of talks between US President Donald Trump and Chinese President Xi Jinping. Safe-haven assets such as the yen and gold soared and oil prices also surged. The formal promulgation of the country's 20th constitution, ensuring an election sometime late next year, helped keep the Thai stock market in a rangebound trade.

  • OPINION

    An 'uber' opportunity

    News, Postbag, Published on 13/03/2017

    » Re: "Dept plans Uber meeting over legality" (BP, March 11).

  • OPINION

    Bill hits foreigners

    News, Postbag, Published on 17/12/2016

    » Re: "Computer bill deeply flawed", (Editorial, Dec 15).

  • OPINION

    Whingeing old bag

    News, Postbag, Published on 26/11/2016

    » In the 1970s we had several correspondents of the "US Army (Ret'd)" ilk, bemoaning the failure of Thailand's governments and administrations in conducting the nation's affairs on the admirable lines of Rainbow Gulch or Redneck Springs. Possessed of almost universal expertise, they were very, very boring.

  • LIFESTYLE

    Tackling IS

    Life, Bernard Trink, Published on 21/10/2016

    » After a delay that has tried my patience, this reviewer congratulates Britain's Stephen Leather for coming through for us. For half-a-decade authors have given IS (Islamic State) a wide berth, aware of their practice of murdering those disparaging their faith. Unlike suicide bombers, they have every intention of fleeing the scenes of their atrocities.

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    OPINION

    West remains silent on recapture of IS stronghold

    News, Published on 29/03/2016

    » The biggest military defeat that the Islamic State (IS) has suffered in more than two years. The recapture of Palmyra, the Roman city of the Empress Zenobia. And we are silent. Yes, folks, the bad guys won, didn't they? Otherwise, we would all be celebrating, wouldn't we?

  • OPINION

    Russia, despite drawdown, shipping more supplies

    News, Published on 01/04/2016

    » When Vladimir Putin announced the withdrawal of most of Russia's military contingent from Syria there was an expectation that the Yauza, a Russian naval icebreaker and one of the mission's main supply vessels, would return home to its Arctic Ocean port.

  • OPINION

    In fighting IS, don't mimic its evil ways

    News, Kong Rithdee, Published on 07/02/2015

    » It was a sad week, a week of satanic beheadings, then the barbarous immolation, executed and filmed by that godless bunch as if in mockery of Hollywood war movies. A week of moral anger and global blood lust, from Amman to Tokyo by way of Iraq. A week of sadness that quickly morphed into something like vengeance, as war cries sounded over the medieval fortresses of Jordan and Egypt and echoed to the South China Sea.   

  • BUSINESS

    HSBC's unit 'helped clients dodge taxes'

    Business, Published on 10/02/2015

    » Geneva: Banking giant HSBC Holdings Plc faced damaging claims yesterday that its Swiss division helped wealthy customers dodge millions of dollars in taxes after a 'SwissLeaks' cache of secret files emerged online.

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