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    End brutality in our homes

    News, Editorial, Published on 26/04/2018

    » If a man's brutal attack on his girlfriend had not been broadcast live on Facebook on Sunday, the whole story would probably have ended quite differently. There might have been no intervention either by observers or the police. And the 21-year-old victim, Kuldara Yeesaman, may have ended up being forced to suffer longer while being forced to stay silent, just as many other Thai women do.

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    Squeezing the blood out of a durian

    News, Soonruth Bunyamanee, Published on 25/04/2018

    » With Thai durians selling like hot cakes on Alibaba's Tmall platform, the regime has every reason to believe its deal to have the e-commerce giant promote Thai products will be a resounding success. But Thai farmers may not necessarily gain as much from this as they expect.

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    Levelling out Thailand's political seesaw

    News, Suranand Vejjajiva, Published on 25/04/2018

    » Finally, the State Financial and Fiscal Discipline Act of 2018 has taken effect, despite criticism about the controversial clause that virtually bans populist policies. It is seen as an attempt by the ruling regime under the National Council for Peace and Order (NCPO) to limit the role of elected representatives in turning campaign promises into government policies. With that, a democratic principle turns upside down.

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    'Education sandbox': Reforming the way to reform

    News, Nicha Pittayapongsakorn, Published on 25/04/2018

    » Public education is sensitive to policy interventions, often with unintended consequences. Some changes such as an increase in teacher rewards or a tweak in curriculum design can cause a long-lasting effect on how schools operate, how teachers teach and ultimately how students learn.

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    Time to stop the torture

    News, Editorial, Published on 25/04/2018

    » Two horror stories from the justice system point once again the urgent need for intervention and reform. Two men are dead in separate incidents. Corrections officials admit that a prisoner in the Samut Prakan Central Prison was horrifically beaten in a "discipline session" shortly before his death was reported. In Buri Ram, meanwhile, a man arrested for poaching -- and denied bail -- died from what medical examiners said were spleen injuries and "massive" blood loss.

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    North-south divide grows ever more dangerous

    News, Mihir Sharma, Published on 25/04/2018

    » When Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi visited the southern city of Chennai recently, he must've been startled by the welcome he received. Half the city, it seemed, had turned out to wave black flags at his motorcade, as well as banners that read "Go Back, Modi". When the prime minister hopped into a helicopter, the crowds cleverly sent up black balloons in its wake.

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    What King Kim III craves above all else

    News, Gwynne Dyer, Published on 25/04/2018

    » What does Kim Jong-un want? One thing: security.

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    Standing still on the road to nowhere

    News, Atiya Achakulwisut, Published on 24/04/2018

    » Ever wonder why Thailand can't do anything about its taxis? Or overpriced lotteries? Or illegal motorcycle racing? Why do cab drivers continue to reject customers, even dump them mid-way through a journey whenever they feel like it? Why can't the authorities tackle the problems?

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    Drug reform gets a push

    News, Editorial, Published on 24/04/2018

    » New plans for treatment of drug addicts and abusers are a welcome step on the way to badly needed drug reform. The steps announced last week by the chief of the prime ministers Office of the Narcotics Control Board (ONCB) may make it possible to begin rehabilitation instead of criminal treatment. As welcome as the new programme is, it is still only a tentative step towards what is needed. It is time for bold steps and a new outlook on the problem.

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    Five priorities at the 32nd Asean summit

    News, Kavi Chongkittavorn, Published on 24/04/2018

    » When the Asean leaders converge on the Lion City later this month for their 32nd summit, a myriad of challenges awaits their deliberations formally and informally. Here are five key priorities that they are expected to tackle:

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