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  • OPINION

    Decentralise, or Pracharath bound to fail

    News, Sanitsuda Ekachai, Published on 23/09/2015

    » When Thaksin Shinawatra was looking for innovative policies to launch his Thai Rak Thai Party, he looked for inspiration from activists leading social movements and was not disappointed. Universal health care and village funds became his landmark policy successes that subsequent governments could only try to outdo by pouring in more money to expand the programmes further.

  • OPINION

    Time for a more transparent THAI

    News, Nopporn Wong-Anan, Published on 25/02/2016

    » Despite the slew of negative articles regarding the country's troubled aviation industry published since last year, positive media reports about debt-ridden Thai Airways International Plc (THAI) have emerged over the past fortnight.

  • OPINION

    Ukraine is free

    News, Postbag, Published on 07/05/2016

    » In his April 30 commentary, "Clowning around is no joke anymore", Kong Rithdee claimed that: "From Ukraine to Egypt, from Myanmar to Malaysia, satirists have been threatened, charged and sometimes jailed."

  • OPINION

    Voters need to know of any economic hit

    News, Umesh Pandey, Published on 29/07/2016

    » A few weeks ago I had the opportunity to meet the Election Commission (EC) during an event that I had helped organise for the Foreign Correspondents Club of Thailand.

  • OPINION

    Over-charged utilities

    News, Postbag, Published on 30/12/2017

    » Prices for solar-generated electricity provided by commercial firms are falling dramatically. A Mexican solar power company just won a bid to produce electricity for a wholesale cost of US$17.70 (580 baht) per megawatt hour. The next two lowest bids were by Saudi Arabian and Italian firms.

  • OPINION

    Will regime keep three key pledges for 2018?

    News, Soonruth Bunyamanee, Published on 03/01/2018

    » We have kicked off 2018 -- with the hope that there will be changes ahead.

  • OPINION

    Poll delays do nobody any favours

    News, Umesh Pandey, Published on 21/01/2018

    » Once again, hopes of an election in November this year seem to be slipping with each passing day -- the latest blow coming courtesy of the National Legislative Assembly (NLA) vote on Friday to change Section 2 of the organic law on the election of members of parliament.

  • OPINION

    Newin returns to the role of kingmaker

    News, Soonruth Bunyamanee, Published on 09/05/2018

    » The roar of the 30,000-strong crowd which welcomed Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha as he stepped into Buri Ram's Chang Arena on Monday appeared reminiscent of a similar reception afforded Thaksin Shinawatra in 2006.

  • OPINION

    The three gutsy peers

    News, Alan Dawson, Published on 16/09/2018

    » The six-month Bangkok Shutdown campaign may have given off an aura of fun and games with a positive outcome for the green shirts and a negative one for the reds.

  • OPINION

    Commission on a mission

    News, Alan Dawson, Published on 17/03/2019

    » "The Election Commission shall announce the result of the election", and there really hasn't been any more vast difference between the EC and the members of the public. It's not even supposed to be a worry. But everyone's worrying about the scraping of all the foreign votes and the vital gathering of all today's advance votes and the really major assembling next week of every one-person-one-vote.

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