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  • OPINION

    The law and the prophesy

    News, Atiya Achakulwisut, Published on 04/01/2012

    » If every single person who spread false rumours and prophesies in this country was to be prosecuted _ by being either jailed or fined _ then Thailand could become either a prison-land or filthy rich.

  • OPINION

    Upgraded roads, people downtrodden

    News, Atiya Achakulwisut, Published on 10/01/2012

    » Do you know how many zeroes there are in 2 trillion? I don't. Intellectually, I can't immediately grasp how large such an amount of money is, being an ordinary citizen who subsists on some 50-baht meals most days.

  • OPINION

    Uproar over slap... then nothing

    News, Atiya Achakulwisut, Published on 17/01/2012

    » That Sirichai Maichum, the security officer at Suvarnabhumi Airport who got his ears smacked by a high-ranking customs official till an ear drum ruptured, is distraught and worried about his career and his own safety after the assault, should have been a big slap in the face of Thai society. It should have hurt badly. And something should have broken. Something should have changed.

  • OPINION

    Dry dreams, wet country

    News, Atiya Achakulwisut, Published on 31/01/2012

    » I have no way of knowing whether international business leaders at Davos over the weekend bought the Thai prime minister's assurances that there will be no repeat of last year's flood crisis in Thailand. All I know is that my large and clunky treadmill machine still stands outside the house because water from last year's flooding is still lodged within its machinery, and I have no plans to clean it up and haul it back inside until I am confident there will be no more flooding.

  • OPINION

    From good to bad in search of better

    News, Atiya Achakulwisut, Published on 07/02/2012

    » If the current debate on whether or not the lese majeste law should be amended escalates into confrontation and violence, it would not be because people involved subscribe to extremely different viewpoints, but because people in power respond to progressive needs with authoritarian answers.

  • OPINION

    Maintaining a 'historical compromise'

    News, Atiya Achakulwisut, Published on 14/02/2012

    » Following the controversial proposal by the Nitirat group for reform of Thailand's monarchy, a few academics have come out and demanded that the King come under the constitution.

  • OPINION

    Happiness as a choice in life

    News, Atiya Achakulwisut, Published on 21/02/2012

    » The dark side of Facebook is not only its celebration of triviality _ it causes us to have to wait for friends to post photos of our food before we can eat it, for example _ but the social networking tool sometimes also brings to us unexpected news, that a friend from a long time ago has passed away ... long while ago without our knowing it.

  • OPINION

    Mum on matters of (vital) interest

    News, Atiya Achakulwisut, Published on 28/02/2012

    » During his opening remarks at the 2012 Post Forum, Deputy Prime Minister Kittiratt Na-Ranong said the question he has been asked most often these past several months has been: Will there be floods this year? From most of the ordinary people out there, however, the question I have heard most often has been: Where is the floodway?

  • OPINION

    The dark side of tablet PCs and new media

    News, Atiya Achakulwisut, Published on 20/03/2012

    » If things go as planned, almost a million tablet computers will be distributed to young first graders across the country before the new semester starts on May 15.

  • OPINION

    The Sphinx and Sonthi's riddle

    News, Atiya Achakulwisut, Published on 27/03/2012

    » In Greek lore, the Sphinx was entrusted to guard the entrance to the city of Thebes. For a traveller to be allowed passage, he or she had to answer her riddle. Those who couldn't were strangled and devoured.

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