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  • OPINION

    Antitrust laws need a rethink

    News, Editorial, Published on 04/08/2020

    » Big Tech roared back into the headlines last week after US President Donald Trump declared that Washington would ban the Chinese video-sharing platform TikTok. The sudden announcement came just days after the US House Judiciary subcommittee grilled four tech chiefs -- Google's Sundar Pichai, Amazon's Jeff Bezos, Apple Inc's Tim Cook, and Facebook's Mark Zuckerberg -- in a marathon five-and-a-half-hour antitrust hearing. The US-based firms, worth nearly US$5 trillion (156 trillion baht), stand accused of stifling competition and establishing "monopolistic" dominance.

  • OPINION

    Asean's virus dilemma

    News, Editorial, Published on 03/08/2020

    » The Covid-19 pandemic poses several challenges to the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (Asean), intensifying regional poverty and inequality. The growing hardship will also pose a major threat to its economic integration.

  • OPINION

    A country for old men no longer

    News, Editorial, Published on 02/08/2020

    » Last week, outspoken hardliner Maj Gen Rienthong Nanna, who operates Mongkutwattana Hospital, called on Thai businesses and government agencies to stop hiring students found to have been involved in pro-democracy protests in a move he claimed was "a project to protect the future" of these young demonstrators by somewhat counterintuitively creating "list of individuals which companies, government agencies, and educational institutions must ban from being employed, enrolling for study or receiving scholarships".

  • OPINION

    Payoff probe goes nowhere

    Oped, Editorial, Published on 01/08/2020

    » More than two months after the government launched a probe into alleged extortion of hoteliers in Pattaya who wanted to turn their premises into state quarantine facilities, the investigation appears to have gone nowhere. Or at least the public has not been informed of the results or the progress if any has been made. It's not clear if the probe is still on.

  • OPINION

    Tough BoT job for Sethaput

    Oped, Editorial, Published on 31/07/2020

    » With his extensive experience in economic affairs, Sethaput Suthiwart-Narueput's appointment as governor of the Bank of Thailand (BoT) -- where he will be tasked with the demanding job of dealing with a flagging economy that has yet to recover from the Covid-19 crisis -- seems a suitable choice by the government.

  • OPINION

    Rethink 'Asia battery' plan

    Oped, Editorial, Published on 30/07/2020

    » Two years ago this month, the villagers of Attapeu in southern Laos encountered their worst nightmare when the Xe-Pian Xe-Namnoy hydropower dam, which was under construction, failed. Massive torrents of water swept through several villages, causing 71 deaths, heavy damage to properties and left around 7,000 homeless.

  • OPINION

    BMA's wasted opportunity

    Oped, Editorial, Published on 29/07/2020

    » The Bangkok Metropolitan Administration (BMA) has once again decided to delay raising refuse collection rates, which would have been the first hike in 15 years, until October next year.

  • OPINION

    Get to bottom of 'Boss' saga

    News, Editorial, Published on 28/07/2020

    » There is no other way for the Royal Thai Police and Office of the Attorney-General (OAG) to salvage their reputation than to get to the bottom of the Red Bull scion's hit-and-run case. The sanctity of the country's justice system now hangs in the balance due to the perceived injustice in this high-profile case.

  • OPINION

    High cost of stupidity

    News, Editorial, Published on 27/07/2020

    » The Supreme Administrative Court's decision to dismiss a petition filed by the Transport Ministry and State Railway of Thailand (SRT) to resurrect the Hopewell Project case last week has confirmed the elevated road and rail project's place in the country's hall of shame.

  • OPINION

    Boss' great flight from justice

    News, Editorial, Published on 26/07/2020

    » In December 2010, 16-year-old Praewa, who didn't have a licence, crashed her Honda Civic into a passenger van on a Bangkok expressway, killing nine. She belongs to a prominent family. Her punishment? A two-year suspended sentence.

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