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    The unsettling behaviour of 'The Donald' at summits

    News, Peter Apps, Published on 18/07/2018

    » In the end, Donald Trump's post-summit press conference with Vladimir Putin produced fewer surprises than many feared. In contrast to the US president's meeting with North Korean leader Kim Jong-un, there was no announcement to blindside regional allies such as a suspension of military exercises. Like the first part of Mr Trump's trip to Europe, however, the outcome of the Helsinki meeting will outrage his critics, play well with his domestic political base and unsettle European nations. Indeed, that may well have been its purpose.

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    ACT speaks righteously

    News, Editorial, Published on 18/07/2018

    » Hats off to the Anti-Corruption Organisation of Thailand (ACT) for its combination request-rebuke over the country's two biggest cases of graft. This group quite properly took the National Anti-Corruption Commission to task. The NACC has fulfilled neither its duty to the constitution nor its obligation to the public. It has convinced everyone it is dragging its collective feet on the cases, on purpose. ACT is quite properly calling the NACC to act more responsibly.

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    Teachers must learn the lesson of 'sufficiency'

    News, Soonruth Bunyamanee, Published on 18/07/2018

    » In the aftermath of the 1997 Asian financial crisis, a well-known businessman who went bankrupt as a result of the abrupt baht devaluation gave a blunt message to his creditors: "no money, no fleeing, and no paying".

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    Harley, Trump and Thailand's big trade gamble

    News, Andy Mukherjee, Published on 18/07/2018

    » Democracies look to voters for validation of their economic policies. For Thailand's military junta, the affirmation is coming from Beijing, bankers and the likes of Harley-Davidson Inc.

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    Putting the 'AI' in Thai agriculture

    News, Sutapa Amornvivat, Published on 18/07/2018

    » Last month at the SingularityU Summit, I was exposed to some of the latest and most exciting technologies across various sectors. Of particular interest to me were the technological developments within the agricultural sector -- an industry so vital for Thailand.

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    Time to stop wringing rescue story

    News, Atiya Achakulwisut, Published on 17/07/2018

    » Here comes the flood ... of information, conflicting opinions, claims to fame and probably reflections on flaws.

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    South Korea is wooing Asean and India

    News, Kavi Chongkittavorn, Published on 17/07/2018

    » For the first time since the end of the 1950-53 Korean War, South Korea, under the helm of President Moon Jae-in, has effectively been embedded in the regional scheme of things --political/security, economic and social/cultural. The country's previous four presidents -- Kim Dae-jung, Roh Moo-hyun, Lee Myung-bak and Park Geun-hye -- tried to do the same but sadly they repeatedly failed. Every time these leaders wanted to focus on Southeast Asia and South Asia, something happened in the Northeast, the Korean Peninsula in particular, that immediately distracted them. They became mesmerised and forgot the region. There was no consistency whatsoever.

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    Profiting from migrant smuggling whatever the cost

    News, Published on 17/07/2018

    » In May 2015, the world was rocked by the Bay of Bengal migrant smuggling crisis. Mass graves containing the bodies of migrants from Myanmar and Bangladesh were discovered in southern Thailand, and thousands more were left stranded at sea. A tragic reminder of the human costs of migrant smuggling, the events led to a new focus on combatting the crime in Asia. Leaders from across the region came together to get to grips with the problem, agreeing to improve cooperation between source, transit and destination countries. Authorities reacted; boats stopped.

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    New EC faces tough tasks

    News, Editorial, Published on 17/07/2018

    » A new Election Commission (EC) has been partly chosen and will unofficially take office in 10 days. It will temporarily have five members instead of seven, the same number as the outgoing poll agency. And it will work under the same, uncontrollable handicap as the now lame-duck EC. Not only is there no election to prepare for, the military-enforced ban on political activities means the EC cannot even supervise the primaries or campaigning.

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    Indictment of Russian officers puts pressure on Trump

    News, Published on 17/07/2018

    » If US President Donald Trump was inclined to be tentative when raising election meddling with Russian President Vladimir Putin during a summit yesterday, the indictment of 12 Russian intelligence officers with hacking in 2016 has made that approach a much harder sell.

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