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    Constitutional Conundrums: The devil and the deep blue sea

    Business, Published on 07/03/2016

    » I was taught in school that a constitution is equivalent to a social contract among individuals by which society becomes organised and invested with the right to secure mutual protection and welfare.


    Stop silencing the people

    News, Editorial, Published on 22/07/2017

    » Army chief Chalermchai Sittisart's recent decision to dismiss a call by 176 Thai and foreign academics for a relaxation or cessation of the rules that stop people from expressing their civil rights -- for example the ban on political gatherings -- comes as no surprise.


    Face-off looms over South China Sea

    News, Gwynne Dyer, Published on 07/07/2016

    » Next Tuesday, the International Tribunal for the Law of the Sea will issue its ruling on China's claim to practically all of the South China Sea. And already the main military contenders are moving more forces into the region.


    Man of the people

    Asia focus, Tanyatorn Tongwaranan, Published on 08/02/2016

    » There are no traces of pretense or vanity about Michel Sidibé. When he enters a room, laughter and high spirits take over. His simple attire underlines his humility and his ebullient manner speaks to the joy he takes in being around others and helping them.


    The devalued yuan and China's faltering economic transition

    Asia focus, Published on 24/08/2015

    » On Aug 11, the People's Bank of China (PBOC) undertook the largest single-day devaluation in 20 years by pushing down the value of the yuan by 1.9% against the US dollar. That was followed by two more days of reference-rate adjustments that knocked almost 4% off the value of the currency. At that point, Beijing assured nervous global markets that it was satisfied with the new rate around 6.4 to the dollar and would aim for "stability" going forward.


    Democracy is a creation of the people, not an elite few

    News, Suranand Vejjajiva, Published on 22/10/2014

    » As the National Reform Council (NRC) has convened and will soon begin to plunge into the so-called "reform" process with all the nitty-gritty details, a few points must be considered.


    Empower the poor, transform Thailand

    Life, Achara Ashayagachat, Published on 28/01/2015

    » Marc Saxer has never been shy to voice his opinion. Tonight the resident director of Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung (FES) — and sometimes-contributor to the Bangkok Post — will launch his book, In The Vertigo Of Change, at the residence of the German ambassador.


    Election not the issue, it's when

    Veera Prateepchaikul, Published on 17/12/2013

    » It should be made clear from the outset that most of the people who took to the streets in two mass protests against the government and the Thaksin regime, on Nov 24 and Dec 9, and those who regularly join the rallies at the Democracy Monument and nearby are not against an election as a matter of principle.


    Public-private partnership law and corruption

    Jon Fernquest, Published on 20/12/2010

    » Corrupt politicians soon dreamed up ways to circumvent the original public-private partnership (PPP) law of 1992. Can a new rewrite of the law close all the loopholes in the law used for corruption?


    Horror film does double duty as social satire

    Life, Kong Rithdee, Published on 07/04/2017

    » Hot on the trail of the Oscar-winning Moonlight and half-a-century after Katherine Hepburn gasped at her daughter's black fiancée in Guess Who's Coming to Dinner?, here comes Get Out, a "social thriller" about a black man trapped in a white horror. These weird white folk voted for President Obama -- they keep repeating that to assure themselves and others -- but their exaggerated civility is more creepy and menacing than ever in Trump-ruled America.

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