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    When Thai Sayings Get A Gritty Reboot

    Guru, Pornchai Sereemongkonpol, Published on 20/09/2019

    » Popular sayings usually reference real-life occurrences that we can relate to. But as our world is ever-changing, those references may become outdated or untrue compared to what we see today. For your entertainment, I've played around with seven classic Thai sayings and proverbs to bring them to circa now with keeping-it-real references.


    Hiding the truth

    News, Postbag, Published on 20/09/2019

    » Re: "Stop blaming others", (PostBag, Sept 19). Well said, Darius Hober. The worst possible solution to the threats posed by false statements would be to entrust the truth to the state, or to any other sole institution.


    Still in dark over oath

    News, Editorial, Published on 20/09/2019

    » The single most crucial matter that should have come out of Wednesday's parliamentary debate on the prime minister's oath blunder is simple -- Gen Prayut's assurance that he and his government will abide by the constitution. That can put any wild speculation about a possible putsch and anxiety about prolonged political uncertainty to rest.


    Politics of regional trade liberalisation

    News, Thitinan Pongsudhirak, Published on 20/09/2019

    » As multilateral trade negotiations have become unworkable, regional and bilateral alternatives are on the rise. In Thailand's neighbourhood, the most consequential of these trade vehicles is the Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP). As it missed the boat on the Comprehensive and Progressive Trans-Pacific Partnership (CPTPP), Thailand as Asean chair this year should finalise the RCEP expeditiously and find a way to accede to the CPTPP in the near future. Although the Thai political situation remains murky and contentious, there is enough domestic policy consensus on low-hanging fruits, such as regional and bilateral trade liberalisation, that should be reaped without further delay.


    Ubon flood saga catches govt napping

    News, Sirinya Wattanasukchai, Published on 20/09/2019

    » Watching Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha answering a telephone during a televised fundraiser for flood victims took me back to my childhood.


    What's in a name?

    News, Postbag, Published on 19/09/2019

    » Here are some facts about California University FCE.


    Thailand's 'wicked' development trap

    News, Published on 19/09/2019

    » For almost five decades now, Thailand has been a victim of the middle-income trap. From the 1970s to the 2000s, the country was ranked by the World Bank as lower-middle-income, advancing to upper-middle status in 2011. Considering the ongoing political uncertainty and weak governance institutions, the prognosis is that Thailand will likely remain at this ranking for many years. This has become a "wicked problem" for the country's economic and social development.


    Whodunnit? Blame always goes to Iran

    News, Gwynne Dyer, Published on 19/09/2019

    » US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo dismissed the Houthi claim that the Yemeni rebel group had carried out Saturday's strike on two huge Saudi Arabian oil processing facilities. There was "no evidence" that the drones belonged to the Houthis, he said. Instead, he blamed Iran.


    Killing the golden goose

    News, Editorial, Published on 19/09/2019

    » It's evident that the tourism authorities have woken up to the slowdown in arrivals, a key source of income for the country, and have intensified efforts to improve the situation.


    No safe spaces in our faux democracy

    News, Paritta Wangkiat, Published on 18/09/2019

    » As Asean chair, a Thailand governed by an "elected government" should have been well-suited to hosting meetings between governments and people from the region, and allowing those suppressed in their home countries to voice their plight and needs here.

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