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    Damned if you do ... but they don't

    News, Postbag, Published on 06/01/2019

    » Re: "History repeats as graftbusters fall flat", (Opinion, Jan 4). Surasak Glahan's commentary on the frustrating dearth of objectivity, independence, fortitude and integrity of the National Anti-Corruption Commission is largely on the mark.

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    Xi's not for turning? Don't be so sure

    News, Published on 05/12/2018

    » As president-for-life, China's Xi Jinping is neither bound by rules nor limited by rivals. He has upended a careful political balance by concentrating power in his own hands, and overturned a cautious approach to foreign policy, while throwing in jail anyone he views as a threat. China's most dominant leader since Mao Zedong now has 90 days to head off an all-out trade war with the US provoked, in part, by his own mercantilist policies. Can anybody convince him to make a U-turn?

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    The three gutsy peers

    News, Alan Dawson, Published on 16/09/2018

    » The six-month Bangkok Shutdown campaign may have given off an aura of fun and games with a positive outcome for the green shirts and a negative one for the reds.

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    When Asean just isn't Asean enough

    News, Johanna Son, Published on 13/09/2018

    » China's bullying may be the first of Asean's headaches to come to mind, but its weakest links are those that have been gnawing away at its insides -- and undermining its members' own "Asean-ness".

  • News & article

    A mad, mad week

    News, Alan Dawson, Published on 20/05/2018

    » Week Three of the 2019-2020 election campaign was Crazy Week. There always is at least one.

  • News & article

    Possibly time to look on the bright side

    News, Roger Crutchley, Published on 07/01/2018

    » Having just about scraped through the Year of the Chicken, here we are seven days into 2018 and wondering what's in store during the Year of the Dog. It probably won't be all that great, but we'll leave the gloom and doom to the experts. Let's just hope it's a least a bit more enjoyable than the past couple of years which have really been quite awful, and almost of an annus horribilis nature.

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    'Boss', 'Pai' and the casino of (in)justice

    News, Kong Rithdee, Published on 29/07/2017

    » Place your bets on what's going to happen first: Vorayuth "Boss" Yoovidhya being brought to court, or Jatupat "Pai Dao Din" Boonpattararaksa being granted bail.

  • News & article

    Come clean on Yingluck

    News, Editorial, Published on 12/09/2017

    » The official version of the "great escape" by ex-prime minister Yingluck Shinawatra is coming apart. More importantly, the public is rapidly losing confidence in the government's ability to reconstruct what occurred -- or concoct a credible account.

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    Thailand-Only Headlines

    Guru, Pornchai Sereemongkonpol, Published on 17/02/2017

    » If you've pored over newspapers (in a desperate hope to find a story to base your editor's note) as much as I have, you can't help but notice the types of stories that make the front page or your Facebook newsfeed again and again. Here are nine Thailand-only headlines I've noticed from various news outlets on numerous occasions, along with my observations on them. Strictly for your entertainment.

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    Are you sure you're in the right job?

    News, Roger Crutchley, Published on 14/05/2017

    » Following last week's column on the perils of picking mushrooms, I received an email from a professional mushroomologist. I thought he might embark on heroic tales from the forests and how to avoid poisonous varieties of fungi. However, his advice was quite blunt. He admitted the mushrooms he consumes "have to come wrapped in cling film in an environmentally unfriendly polystyrene carton and from an air-conditioned establishment with a name like Sainsbury's, Tesco's, Waitrose etc".

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