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PM bitten by travel bug

Oped, Editorial, Published on 25/05/2024

» Prime Minister Srettha Thavisin was set to conclude his overseas trips to France, Italy and Japan on Friday amid questions, if not criticism, over the real benefits they will bring the country.

OPINION

The high costs of new US tariffs on Chinese EVs

Oped, Published on 25/05/2024

» US President Joe Biden’s administration has just announced 100% tariffs on electric vehicles (EVs) manufactured in China, prompting Donald Trump to promise a 200% tariff on Chinese cars made in Mexico if he is elected in November. Neither policy would have notable effects on the US car market because imports of Chinese EVs are minuscule, owing to past tariffs and the anti-Chinese sentiment that has gripped the country in recent years. Nonetheless, the announcement is significant for three reasons.

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Yesterday’s shadow

Oped, Postbag, Published on 25/05/2024

» Re: “Court to hear Srettha case”, (BP, May 24) and “Thailand’s judiciary face challenges”, (Opinion, May 24). Prof Thitinan Pongsudhirak’s biting comments on the judiciary’s influence on the lifeline of an elected prime minister are most justified based on past events. For the coming challenge facing our Constitutional Court, it is different from the past. The court’s 5-4 vote not suspending PM Srettha’s lifeline before he has the chance of defence is laudable.

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What do Indian women want from poll?

Oped, Published on 25/05/2024

» Since April 19, the day general elections began in India, voters have queued up outside polling booths, braving a muggy, scorching heatwave. The mood appears mostly upbeat. Voters talk to TV news reporters. They articulate wishes for change or belief in the incumbent leader.

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PM's drug reforms echo past errors

Oped, Published on 24/05/2024

» When Thailand's Prime Minister Srettha Thavisin announced plans to reschedule cannabis as a narcotic and reduce the threshold for possession of methamphetamine for personal use (not for supply to others) from five pills to one, he signalled a return to drug policies championed over two decades ago. He called for crackdowns on people in the drug trade, for people who use drugs to be placed into rehabilitation facilities and demanded results in 90 days.

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Better way to boost morale

Oped, Editorial, Published on 24/05/2024

» The new "Cops Combat" martial arts competition of the Royal Thai Police may have drawn criticism for potentially undermining the chain of command. Yet, the competition, which promises to be a "test of valour beyond the badge", is a good start as the RTP is acknowledging problems of morale on the ground.

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Thailand's judiciary faces challenges

Oped, Thitinan Pongsudhirak, Published on 24/05/2024

» Thailand appears to be a country of 70 million, ultimately ruled by an unelected few. This sobering reality was on display when two connected groups of top generals seized power from democratically elected governments in September 2006 and May 2014. Unlike these blatant military coups over the past two decades, at issue now is the power and role of the judiciary. While Thailand has another democratically elected civilian government under Prime Minister Srettha Thavisin, the question that needs to be asked is whether the country is effectively under judicial rule.

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Racing dreams

Oped, Postbag, Published on 24/05/2024

» Re: "Racing to poverty", (PostBag, May 23) & "Srettha woos Formula 1 giants in Italy", (BP, May 21).

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Even the stars favour Modi for third term as PM

Oped, Published on 24/05/2024

» In the realm of astrological predictions, deciphering events such as sporting outcomes or political elections often entails scrutinising the birth charts of all contenders involved. When it comes to forecasting the outcome of elections in a vast democracy like India, the birth chart of the potential leader must be extraordinary to ascend to the highest office.

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Racing to poverty

Oped, Postbag, Published on 23/05/2024

» Re: "Srettha woos F1 giants in Italy", (BP, May 21).