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  • OPINION

    Let's make a New Year Covid-19 resolution

    Life, Arusa Pisuthipan, Published on 05/12/2022

    » Thailand embraces the last month of 2022 not with a winter breeze but with a surge in Covid-19 cases -- a result of a dip in temperatures and increased crowd gatherings, not to mention loosened preventive measures against the infectious disease.

  • OPINION

    How remote work withers our social networks

    News, Published on 05/12/2022

    » Since the start of the Covid pandemic more than 2.5 years ago, there have been endless debates about working remotely. At first Zoom and Teams software inspired optimistic futurists to announce that the office was now irrelevant. Then, a militant return-to-the-office demand rose to defy them. The most recent prominent boast came from Tesla founder Elon Musk who told employees: "Anyone who wishes to do remote work must be in the office for a minimum, and I mean minimum of 40 hours per week or depart Tesla."

  • OPINION

    Mafia pull alive and well

    News, Editorial, Published on 05/12/2022

    » Over the past two weeks, police have launched a series of crackdowns on "grey businesses" in several provinces allegedly linked to the Chinese businessman and alleged triad boss known as "Tuhao".

  • OPINION

    Crypto's path to deep crisis is well-worn

    News, Published on 05/12/2022

    » Swiftly rising interest rates have punctured the cryptocurrency bubble, exposing fragility, bad governance and even fraud in many corners, most notably at the crypto exchange FTX. And FTX's spectacular collapse comes on the heels of other recent failures in the cryptosphere, such as Terra-Luna, Three Arrows Capital or Voyager Digital. No one should be surprised -- not even at how many people were surprised.

  • OPINION

    The global ambitions of Chinese law

    News, Published on 05/12/2022

    » A recent report by the NGO Safeguard Defenders about the existence of "secret Chinese police stations" in cities around the world, including New York, has sparked investigations in several European countries and attracted the attention of the FBI. But while these investigations aim to protect the rule of law from subversion, they also highlight how unprepared Western democracies are to grapple with China's growing international influence.

  • OPINION

    Sack shady officials

    News, Published on 05/12/2022

    » Re: "Red Bull case prosecutor discharged," (BP, Dec 3).

  • OPINION

    Words you don't really want to hear

    News, Roger Crutchley, Published on 04/12/2022

    » It's that time of the year when publishers of major dictionaries bombard us with what they regard as the "words of the year". They rarely agree on the same offering, but there is one common theme -- nearly all words selected are frankly rather depressing.

  • OPINION

    Better checks needed

    News, Postbag, Published on 04/12/2022

    » Re: "Lessons learned from airport chaos" (BP, Dec 3).

  • OPINION

    Point system can deter bad drivers

    News, Editorial, Published on 04/12/2022

    » The Royal Thai Police and the Land Transport Department say a demerit point system will be introduced on Jan 9. The move is a bid to improve road safety in a country known to have the deadliest roads in Southeast Asia.

  • OPINION

    Don't botch durian trade

    News, Editorial, Published on 03/12/2022

    » Unripe or substandard durian has always been a thorn in the side of Thailand's durian exports, particularly at the start of each harvest season when the so-called "king of fruits" fetches the highest prices due to limited supply and high demand.

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