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  • OPINION

    Silly conspiracy theories fall flat with young folk

    News, Surasak Glahan, Published on 17/10/2019

    » The latest attempt to try to find fault with Future Forward Party leader Thanathorn Juangroongruangkit for having his picture taken with Hong Kong democracy activist Joshua Wong is not only misplaced, but very silly.

  • OPINION

    Get budget priorities right

    News, Editorial, Published on 17/10/2019

    » The Prayut Chan-o-cha administration faces a crucial challenge from the opposition in the debate on the 2020 fiscal budget bill scheduled to begin on Thursday morning.

  • OPINION

    Khao Yai elephant deaths no accident

    News, Ploenpote Atthakor, Published on 16/10/2019

    » The first time I visited Haew Narok Waterfall in Khao Yai national park was in August, 1992. The trip was not for leisure, but to cover the deaths of a herd of eight elephants which drowned after plunging from the top of the waterfall in this tourist destination and world heritage site.

  • OPINION

    Women entrepreneurs key to Thai growth story

    News, Published on 16/10/2019

    » Nang Kwak, a dominant figure in Thai folklore, is a female deity considered to be a good-luck charm by merchants in Thailand. Just like Nang Kwak, women in Thailand play a key role in Thai businesses, accounting for over 40% of small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs).

  • OPINION

    Dams a threat to Mekong

    News, Editorial, Published on 16/10/2019

    » Almost a decade ago, Vietnam was the most vocal neighbour in opposing Laos' first dam on the Mekong River. Now, it has become a partner in the Lao government's Luang Prabang dam project -- its fifth on the mighty river. This new partnership is worrying, as is the rapid pace of overall Mekong hydropower development.

  • OPINION

    Russian ruse may have duped Trump in Syria

    News, Gwynne Dyer, Published on 16/10/2019

    » Russia and its Syrian ally Bashar al-Assad win, the Kurds lose, and the United States leaves in disgrace. It has been a hectic few days on the Turkish-Syrian border.

  • OPINION

    Why Germany is seeking deeper ties with Asean

    News, Kavi Chongkittavorn, Published on 15/10/2019

    » With supersonic speed in terms of the decision and process, Germany will accede to the Treaty of Amity and Cooperation (TAC) in around two weeks' time. If everything goes as planned on the German side, which requires cabinet endorsement, there will be a signing ceremony in Bangkok during the 35th Asean Summit from Oct 31-Nov 2. Bahrain will also join the ceremony.

  • OPINION

    Toxic wait must end

    News, Editorial, Published on 15/10/2019

    » The change in the composition of the National Hazardous Substances Committee (NHSC), which regulates use of three harmful farm chemicals -- paraquat, glyphosate and chlorpyrifos -- could add complications to a move to have the trio banned.

  • OPINION

    Civil liberties do not equal sedition

    News, Angkhana Neelapaijit, Published on 15/10/2019

    » Army chief Apirat Kongsompong's recent lecture on security -- even though he may argue that it only reflects his personal views -- is controversial and has raised concerns about the military's attempts to intervene in politics. It's apparent that his perspective on national security is largely based on mistrust, with no place for people with different opinions.

  • OPINION

    Treading a fine line over China

    News, Veera Prateepchaikul, Published on 14/10/2019

    » The statement in Thai which was issued last Friday by the Chinese embassy in Thailand, reprimanding an unnamed Thai politician for allegedly meddling in Hong Kong protests is quite unprecedented and very rare.

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