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    Police stifle free speech

    News, Editorial, Published on 13/09/2018

    » It has happened again. the Thai police have forced the cancellation of a public forum by citing concerns over security, which is a broad and dubious term.

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    Just an early morning bit of arm-twisting

    News, Umesh Pandey, Published on 05/02/2016

    » Being an avid follower of news from all sorts of sources, on Wednesday I was surprised to see my dosage of morning television news being interrupted by a short break soon after the national anthem was played.

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    Writing with the hand, erasing with the foot

    Veera Prateepchaikul, Published on 08/09/2015

    » There's an old saying,"Writing with the hand, erasing with the foot!" And it certainly describes the conduct of the 135 members of the National Reform Council in voting down the draft constitution.

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    Late King's wishes for Thai children

    News, Published on 12/01/2019

    » As Thailand celebrates National Children's Day today, I wish to share my recollection of a memorable audience with His Majesty the late King Bhumibol Adulyadej and his profound message and wishes for the children of Thailand and the world. I had the great honour to meet the late king on Nov 12, 1998. I was then serving as Unicef's regional director for East Asia and the Pacific, based in Bangkok. The occasion of my audience with the late king at Chitralada Palace was to accompany visiting Unicef executive director Carol Bellamy. Also accompanying us was the late Thai foreign minister Surin Pitsuwan. ​

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    Harsh laws on public gatherings a blow to democracy

    News, Veera Prateepchaikul, Published on 04/05/2015

    » Bye-bye democracy. Farewell to freedom of expression through public gatherings.

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    No, Brexit Britain doesn't want its empire back

    News, John Lloyd, Published on 14/01/2019

    » Britain is moving towards an exit from the European Union on March 29, possibly with no agreement, and thus courting – according to the Bank of England – an 8 percent drop in GDP and a 7.5% rise in unemployment. A drear prospect, attended by matching drear commentaries on the stupidity of the 52 percent of the British electorate who voted for Brexit in 2016.

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    Inequality exposed

    News, Editorial, Published on 10/12/2018

    » The economy expert Banyong Pongpanich was studying recent statistics last week when he made an interesting discovery. Based on figures reported in the latest annual Global Wealth Databook by Credit Suisse (CS), the inequality gap in Thailand has become the worst in the world. The figure represents national assets held and controlled by a nation's richest 1%, compared with the other 99%. In Thailand, that 1% is about 500,000, compared with the 50 million Thais of working ages.

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    Why 'permanent neutrality' doesn't work in Cambodia

    News, Sek Sophal, Published on 03/01/2019

    » The end of the Cold War marked a turning point in international politics -- the collapse of socialism and the planned economy and the rise of democracy and a free market economy. Ideological conflict became a thing of the past. The absence of the East-West confrontation, however, did not necessarily constitute the absence of a power struggle.

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    Asset declaration law angers academics

    News, Editorial, Published on 11/11/2018

    » A new regulation issued by the National Anti-Corruption Commission (NACC) that requires university council members to declare their assets and liabilities has drawn mixed reactions.

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    Ethnic parties give wake-up call to NLD

    News, Larry Jagan, Published on 06/11/2018

    » Analysts are poring over the results of Myanmar's by-elections which took place on Saturday, vainly trying to read the tea leaves, and perhaps reading too much into them. But it was certainly a wake-up call for both major parties -- the ruling National League for Democracy (NLD) and the previous governing party, the Union Solidarity and Development Party (USDP) -- but the lessons that can be drawn for the future are limited.

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