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  • OPINION

    Apirat's vow to reform military misses the mark

    News, Chairith Yonpiam, Published on 15/02/2020

    » The Feb 8 shooting rampage which claimed 30 lives in Korat is a tragic shock. Yet, there must be a thorough investigation into its root causes and necessary actions must be taken to convert this tragedy into a lesson in order to prevent it happening again.

  • OPINION

    Punish proxies who imperilled economy

    News, Chairith Yonpiam, Published on 01/02/2020

    » Proxy voting has again rocked Thai politics. The guilty politicians may claim they had no idea about the consequences of the voting irregularity, but it's undeniable that the practice now threatens to void the 2020 budget bill and has caused enormous damage to the country.

  • OPINION

    Korn's Democrat exit could let him shine

    News, Chairith Yonpiam, Published on 18/01/2020

    » The surprise departure of Korn Chatikavanij from the Democrats deals a heavy blow to the oldest political party which was already struggling in an unfavourable political atmosphere. The bold move, however, gives the prominent politician a new opportunity with speculation rife he is about to found a new party. Political observers also foresee the possibility of Mr Korn becoming a new choice for PM in the next election.

  • THAILAND

    No end in sight for carnage in deep South, despite peace talks

    News, Chairith Yonpiam, Published on 12/01/2020

    » Despite some positive signs observed in the fight to contain the southern unrest over the past 16 years, there has been little progress in the peace talks between the government and groups linked with violence in the deep South which are seen as a key mechanism in bringing the unrest to an end.

  • THAILAND

    Keeping taps from running dry

    News, Chairith Yonpiam, Published on 06/01/2020

    » Thailand has been battling seasonal drought for decades, but this year, the Office of National Water Resources (ONWR) is worried the water shortage may get out of hand because of the potential for conflicts in drought-stricken areas.

  • OPINION

    Political storms that will define 2020

    News, Chairith Yonpiam, Published on 04/01/2020

    » The new year has begun with intensifying political confrontation, a consequence of a move to disband the Future Forward Party, which fought back by mobilising street demonstrations. The party's struggle has won substantial support as it is believed that charges against party leader Thanathorn Juangroongruangkit are politically motivated. It is evident that the army under Gen Apirat Kongsompong is paranoid with Mr Thanathorn's move and it should be noted that a growing number of incidents which will raise the political temperature are set to take place this month.

  • OPINION

    Is return of political violence inevitable?

    News, Chairith Yonpiam, Published on 21/12/2019

    » The powers that be should not underestimate the "flash mob", the first street protest since the March 24 elections, organised last week by the opposition Future Forward Party (FFP). On the surface, the incident may stem from the resentment of FFP and its supporters over the Election Commission's (EC) move to have the new party dissolved, but it cannot be denied there are also many elements that echo dismay with the coup and subsequent election.

  • THAILAND

    FFP set to dismiss seven 'cobra' MPs

    News, Chairith Yonpiam, Published on 14/12/2019

    » The Future Forward Party (FFP) is planning to axe seven renegade MPs on Monday for their votes against the party during a House session.

  • OPINION

    Pareena probe must set a precedent

    News, Chairith Yonpiam, Published on 07/12/2019

    » The legal case against Palang Pracharath MP for Ratchaburi Pareena Kraikupt, whose poultry farm is suspected of sitting on part of a forest reserve, must be pursued seriously in order to set a precedent. If she is in the wrong, she should face the consequences to show that no one is above the law.

  • OPINION

    Young firebrands face uncertain fate

    News, Chairith Yonpiam, Published on 23/11/2019

    » After the Constitutional Court's controversial verdict disqualifying Future Forward Party leader Thanathorn Juangroongruangkit over the V-Luck shares saga, a domino effect for the business-tycoon-turned-politician and his party looks to be on the horizon.

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