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  • OPINION

    China-US rivalry on Mekong mainland

    Oped, Thitinan Pongsudhirak, Published on 27/11/2020

    » Unlike other key foreign policy areas where President-elect Joe Biden will likely change the course left behind by outgoing President Donald Trump, the Mekong River region in mainland Southeast Asia represents a low-hanging fruit where continuity from Washington carries consensus. As China has dominated the Mekong space by operating a string of upstream dams and controlling downstream river resources, Cambodia, Laos, Thailand, and Vietnam as adversely affected riparian countries have looked for ways and means to mitigate and counterbalance Beijing's aggressive freshwater offensive. All the incoming Biden administration has to do is to keep its eye on the Mekong and work with like-minded partners to keep mainland Southeast Asian countries from becoming Beijing's uncontested front yard.

  • OPINION

    What will a post-oil Middle East look like?

    Oped, Gwynne Dyer, Published on 27/11/2020

    » 'The only officials present were American and Saudi," tweeted the Saudi Arabian foreign minister, Prince Faisal bin Farhan Al Saud, but he was lying. Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu really did fly in to Saudi Arabia to spend a few hours with Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman and US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo.

  • OPINION

    Smarten up 'smart cities'

    Oped, Editorial, Published on 27/11/2020

    » The decision by the Prayut Chan-o-cha government to participate in the "Smart Green Asean Cities" project sounds like great news.

  • OPINION

    School bullying in the Asia-Pacific affects us all

    Oped, Published on 27/11/2020

    » Earlier this year, a young boy and his mother made a profound statement. Yarraka Bayles posted a video of her nine-year-old son, Quaden, crying and saying that he wanted to kill himself after being taunted by classmates. The video has since spread far beyond their native Queensland and spurred serious discussions about bullying and our shared responsibility to ensure that schools are safe places to learn.

  • OPINION

    Time to test Prayut?

    Oped, Postbag, Published on 27/11/2020

    » Despite HM the King's request that the lese majeste law not be implemented (which is in line with the wise advice of his great father), Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha has decided to ignore this request and has announced that "all laws" will be implemented to quell the current protest movement against his government.

  • OPINION

    Gimme shelter as we wait for fewer buses

    Oped, Sirinya Wattanasukchai, Published on 26/11/2020

    » When I saw City Hall calling for new Bangkok bus stop designs, I was excited. The voices of regular people like millions of bus commuters would finally be heard. But when I went through the competition's requirements, I wasn't sure if there was anything worth celebrating.

  • OPINION

    Local polls key for change

    Oped, Editorial, Published on 26/11/2020

    » After a long delay, Thailand is to hold local elections across the country on Dec 20. These are the first in six or seven years after the then military regime, the National Peace and Order Council under Gen Prayut Chan-o-cha, banned all political activities after the 2014 coup, putting all 98,940 local administrators into deep freeze.

  • OPINION

    Back to dark ages

    Oped, Postbag, Published on 26/11/2020

    » Re: "Legal threats need rethink", (Editorial, Nov 25).

  • OPINION

    Fight for the Mekong gathers pace

    Oped, Passakorn Jumlongrach, Published on 26/11/2020

    » More than 20 years ago, when two Chiang Rai-based environmentalists, Niwat Roikaew and Somkiat Kuenwongsa, learned that the Chinese government were blasting rapids in the upper Mekong River from Yunnan to Myanmar and Laos to clear the way for large commercial vessels, they started worrying.

  • OPINION

    Reform the military

    Oped, Postbag, Published on 25/11/2020

    » While some people think what led us here is the dissolution of Future Forward Party (FFP), it really goes back much further, in that the Thai military thinks they have the right to overthrow elected governments on a whim. The Thai military must be reformed (along with so much else in this country) and brought under civilian government control. As long as the current Thai military mindset remains, the merry-go-round will continue unabated. They must also be prosecuted and imprisoned for breaches of moral and ethical conduct.

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