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  • OPINION

    Behind the scenes: Thailand's IPEF talks

    Oped, Kavi Chongkittavorn, Published on 24/05/2022

    » At the weekly cabinet meeting last week, item No.15 was one of the most important issues up for discussion. This concerned a planned statement on the Indo-Pacific Economic Framework for Prosperity (IPEF) proposed by US President Joe Biden. The cabinet was quick to agree that Thailand was named as a signatory when Mr Biden announced the new trade agreement during his visit to Japan.

  • OPINION

    Ethnic hypocrisy

    Oped, Postbag, Published on 24/05/2022

    » Re: "Shoulder chip", (PostBag, May 21). Yes, Don Graber, using your line of thinking, I could easily say that you are defending the wrongdoings of Western nations in Vietnam, Iraq, Afghanistan and other places in the world because of your ethnicity.

  • OPINION

    The fight for press freedom is local

    Oped, Published on 24/05/2022

    » A macabre political thriller recently unfolded in the Philippine province of Palawan, an island known mostly for its rich biodiversity and pristine beaches. On May 9, Joel T Reyes, a suspect in the 2011 murder of well-known radio broadcaster Gerry Ortega, ran again for governor. Had Mr Reyes won, the possibilities for Ortega's family to obtain justice for the killing would have dwindled. Fortunately for them, he lost.

  • OPINION

    Uphill battle for Chadchart

    Oped, Editorial, Published on 24/05/2022

    » Bangkok voters have been known to deliver last-minute electoral shocks, but the result of Sunday's gubernatorial election was not a surprise to anyone. As predicted by pundits and opinion polls, Chadchart Sittipunt, who once served as transport minister under the ousted Pheu Thai administration, won with a comfortable margin.

  • OPINION

    A welcome return

    Oped, Editorial, Published on 21/05/2022

    » In tomorrow's Bangkok gubernatorial election voters will choose from 31 candidates. They'll also select from among 381 city council candidates, 50 of whom eventually will pass laws, scrutinise budgets and ensure accountability of administrators.

  • OPINION

    Let's see Vicha report

    Oped, Postbag, Published on 21/05/2022

    » Re: "Nate probe a let-down", (May 19).

  • OPINION

    A call for sustainable recovery effort in Asia-Pacific

    Oped, Published on 21/05/2022

    » The unique and populous Asia-Pacific region is made up of 58 countries of which 12 are classified as least developed countries (LDCs) under the United Nations classification. This means they are recognised as countries that have "low levels of income and face severe structural impediments to sustainable development". Given their underlying vulnerabilities, the countries and populations of the Asia-Pacific bear the brunt of the uneven effects of the Covid-19 pandemic.

  • OPINION

    The global hunger crisis has arrived

    Oped, Published on 21/05/2022

    » Global food prices are soaring. The United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization's Food Price Index -- which covers a basket of basic food commodities (cereals, meat, dairy, vegetable oils, and sugar) -- reached an all-time high of 159.7 in March, up from 141.1 the previous month. While it declined slightly in April, to 158.5, ongoing developments -- not least Russia's war in Ukraine -- are set to keep driving prices to new highs, with devastating implications for global hunger.

  • OPINION

    City polls set stage for general election

    Oped, Chairith Yonpiam, Published on 21/05/2022

    » After a nine-year hiatus, Bangkok residents are more than eager to decide for themselves tomorrow who should be running the capital.

  • OPINION

    Grim reflections in the mirror of Ukraine crisis

    Oped, Published on 20/05/2022

    » I read with interest the article of colleagues from Australia, Canada, the EU, Japan, New Zealand, Norway, the UK and the US published in the Bangkok Post on May 12, 2022.

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