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  • OPINION

    Has reform failed, or has it even begun?

    News, Atiya Achakulwisut, Published on 23/06/2015

    » Maybe it's the natural swing of the pendulum — what goes up must come down — and that explains why we have gone from fight-to-the-death battles against inequality a few years ago, to high-minded campaigns for national reform last year, to struggles against overpriced lotteries, motorcycle racers and the age-old question of whether casinos should be allowed to operate legally in Thailand now.

  • OPINION

    Wall around failed rice scheme starting to leak

    Veera Prateepchaikul, Published on 21/05/2013

    » Most people still know little or nothing about the rice pledging scheme, with the actual details fiercely guarded by a handful of officials at the Commerce Ministry, including Commerce Minister Boonsong Teriyapriom.

  • LEARNING

    Corruption: Tried but failed

    Jon Fernquest, Published on 02/01/2013

    » Ex-politician caught on video threatening police shows how corrupt VIP "influential figures" push around police to avoid arrest.

  • LIFESTYLE

    Freak like me

    Brunch, Duangkamol Panya, Published on 23/04/2017

    » James Fagerlund was working for a company event in Stockholm when he was approached by one of Thailand's top actors, Saksit Tangtong, who later told him that he had star potential. "You have a unique character that Thai showbiz doesn't have," Saksit told the then 29-year-old James. With those spare, simple words in mind, the American-Thai decided to pack up and go back to his motherland that he had left 19 years earlier to pursue his career abroad.

  • NEWS

    Mathayom 3 students fail all five O-Net subjects

    News, Dumrongkiat Mala, Published on 26/03/2017

    » The results of the nationwide O-Net tests for students in the 9th grade, or Mathayom 3, for the 2016 academic year which came out on Saturday showed students failed all five subjects on average, according to the National Institute of Educational Testing Service (Niets).

  • LIFESTYLE

    Livin' La Vida Mocha

    Guru, Lydia Bilton, Published on 10/03/2017

    » Here's a Friday fun fact for you. Did you know that Starbucks (that world-famous green and white coffeehouse you Bangkokians love) failed miserably in Australia? In 2003, the American coffee giant opened eighty-four stores Down Under, and eight years later, sixty of those closed.

  • NEWS

    Coldplay thrill Bangkok with sound and spectacle

    Life, Kong Rithdee, Published on 11/04/2017

    » Thailand, according to Coldplay, is amazing. Coldplay, according to the 60,000 fans packing Rajamangala Stadium, is also pretty amazing -- no, maybe not "the best band in the world" as some gush on Twitter, but a top-quality package of dazzle, flares and fireworks, fan service, visual evocation and robust pop-rock-ballad sounds. If last Friday's gig were a movie, it was a blockbuster. It keyed you in excited and sent you out feeling entertained and satisfied.

  • 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.

  • NEWS

    Bridging the gap

    Spectrum, Published on 09/04/2017

    » 'The more I got to study major subjects, the more depressed I felt about being at university," said Varisa Tharawat, who is in her second year at Mahidol University but is a first-year student in the communication design department.

  • OPINION

    Lying to yourself

    News, Postbag, Published on 05/04/2017

    » Re: "Army chief apologises for soldier's death", (BP, March 4).

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