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  • News & article

    Bells of tolerance

    News, Postbag, Published on 09/10/2018

    » Re: "'Big Joke' targets foreign lady who griped about bell ringing", (BP, Oct 6).

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    Battle for 5G is failing

    News, Editorial, Published on 27/08/2018

    » Almost from the moment they seized power, Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha and allies in the National Council for Peace and Order have spent time and treasure promoting their vision of the future. The two top meme titles are "Thailand 4.0" and "Digital Thailand". As defined, both are excellent and worthy goals. Lack of planning, absent government supervision and poor performance make both elusive.

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    Is Aussie political madness catching?

    News, Gwynne Dyer, Published on 29/08/2018

    » I happened to be in Canberra last Friday, speaking to a room full of journalists at the National Press Club, when the news came in, halfway through lunch, that Australia had a new prime minister. The moderator pointed out that the year is already two-thirds gone and it is "only three prime ministers till Christmas" -- and the China Daily's headline read "Australia changes its prime minister again, again, again, again, again".

  • News & article

    Cops in dock over rape row

    News, Editorial, Published on 31/08/2018

    » Once again, Koh Tao -- Thailand's top tourist destination in Surat Thani -- has attracted global attention, albeit not in the way Thai authorities would have hoped for.

  • News & article

    Say a little prayer for the Queen of Soul

    News, Roger Crutchley, Published on 19/08/2018

    » One sunny morning in 1968, I had settled down to my customary reading of the Sunday newspapers on Hampstead Heath in London, when a couple sat on the grass near me. I was a little irritated when they switched on a transistor radio and was pondering giving them a lecture on the sanctity of peace and quiet. But then I heard the piano intro to <i>I Say A Little Prayer</i> and all was forgiven. A rare sunny day on the Heath with musical accompaniment by Aretha Franklin -- what more could one ask for?

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    Philippines' hollow victory over China

    News, Johanna Son, Published on 20/08/2018

    » In an Asean multilateral meeting in Cambodia in 2012, the Philippines' then-foreign secretary, Alberto del Rosario, found himself in an uncomfortable diplomatic situation.

  • News & article

    Dam victims deserve 'non-spin' response

    News, Published on 01/08/2018

    » The breaching and subsequent flooding of the Xe-Pian Xe-Namnoy Power Company dam in southern Laos is clearly a disaster. Some 27 people have already been confirmed dead (at the time of writing), while a further 100 remain missing. Numerous villages have been affected by the deluge, with some seemingly beyond recovery.

  • News & article

    China shows the way on drug prices

    News, Published on 13/07/2018

    » US President Donald Trump exulted this week over Pfizer Inc's decision to delay planned drug price increases a day after he attacked the company on Twitter. He should take a look at China, where President Xi Jinping has done much better.

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    Phuket boat tragedy shows our indifference

    News, Ploenpote Atthakor, Published on 09/07/2018

    » Forty-two is the latest number of tourists who fell victims to a boat mishap in Phuket last week. Or should I say, to be more exact, that they were victims of negligence, sheer dereliction of duty of the authorities concerned and of a "This Is Thailand" culture?

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    Innovation no fix for urban transport ills

    News, Leonid Bershidsky, Published on 03/07/2018

    » Urban transportation is undergoing a revolution. Offerings such as Uber and Lyft, as well as car- and bike-sharing services are widely believed to reduce congestion and generally make urban dwellers more mobile; driverless cars are expected to provide further benefits. Yet the notion that these innovations always make things better is far from a given: The new services are a net good only if they complement traditional public transportation systems rather than compete with them.

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