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    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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    Clues scarce in the South

    News, Editorial, Published on 02/01/2019

    » Police, the Royal Thai Armed Forces and various security agencies have brought a huge credibility gap to the new upsurge of violence in the deep South. As of now, depending on which official has taken the podium, the bombings including the severing of Songkhla's iconic mermaid are political and non-political, either the work of separatist bandits or not, and have either a national or local motive -- but not both. Over the weekend, the Fourth Army commander said it might be local politicians, which seems a head-shaker.

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    Religious abuse perils

    News, Editorial, Published on 15/08/2018

    » Friday is the third anniversary of the worst single terrorist attack in modern Thailand. The poorly investigated, badly prosecuted bombing of the Erawan shrine killed 20 people and injured more than 100. The hurried police work concluded it was the act of foreigners angry at the government's success against human trafficking. The "foreigners" turned out to be Chinese Uighurs, two of whom were arrested and are still undergoing trial. The only known Thai suspect is on bail and her trial is officially pending, unofficially unlikely.

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    Retract the 14 silly rules

    News, Editorial, Published on 06/08/2018

    » In just a few days, Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha has taken a tonne of ridicule about new regulations for media coverage. A 14-point set of so-called guidelines was issued to the press on Friday, especially for photographers. They order news snappers to get prior approval for every set of photos, try to completely ban certain pictures, and even decree that those behind cameras dress better than at present. Some of the orders are more unethical than the actions they seek to regulate.

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    Jumping to conclusions

    News, Editorial, Published on 05/06/2017

    » There is a certain familiarity about the spat between some officials in the Philippines after the calamitous midnight suicide attack on a Metro Manila resort last week. Gunfire and arson caused by the attacker left at least 37 people dead. Most died from smoke inhalation in the fire set by the attacker at the Resorts World Manila complex not far from Ninoy Aquino International Airport.

  • News & article

    Don't let 'Boss' evade the law

    News, Editorial, Published on 30/03/2017

    » Once again, Thai police deserve a thumbs-down for failing to track down Vorayudh "Boss" Yoovidhya, who is accused in a deadly hit-and-run case that killed a Thong Lor police officer in 2012.

  • News & article

    Better checks on offenders needed

    News, Editorial, Published on 20/12/2015

    » The Office of Basic Education Commission issued a not very reassuring statement after a convicted paedophile was detected working at a Ubon Ratchathani school. Its response was to send a circular to school directors urging them to carry out detailed checks on the criminal backgrounds of foreign teachers.

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    Authorities must face a new reality

    News, Editorial, Published on 23/08/2015

    » The Erawan bomber ghosted into the heart of Bangkok on Monday evening — took 20 lives in the blink of an eye — and disappeared just as swiftly into the night on the back of a motorcycle.

  • News & article

    Facts will end rumours

    News, Editorial, Published on 24/08/2015

    » The national police chief has warned every citizen and resident to stop spreading rumours about last Monday's bomb attack, or face arrest. Given the lack of progress in finding out who is responsible for 20 murders and a Thai tragedy, it is understandable Pol Gen Somyot Poompunmuang is frustrated, tired and possibly testy.

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    Spare the outrage and act for animals

    News, Editorial, Published on 02/08/2015

    » Betty White has spoken: the loveable 93-year-old golden girl of television wants a pound of flesh from the man who killed, beheaded and skinned Cecil the lion. The long-time animal activist called the lion’s death “a heartbreaker” and added “you don’t want to hear some of the things I want to do to that man”. Consider it official, then, that Walter Palmer, 55, became the world’s most hated man of the week for successfully slaughtering the 13-year-old lion who was the pride of the Zimbabwean savannah.

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