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  • OPINION

    TV better than UK aid?

    News, Postbag, Published on 21/08/2015

    » I would like to congratulate Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha for his insightful comments, when asked about the UK’s offer of assistance in the investigation of the bombing at the Erawan Shrine (BP, Aug 20). He said: “Do you want foreign countries to intervene in every issue?... It is a breach of sovereignty... There is no need to get outsiders involved.”

  • OPINION

    112 debate welcome

    News, Postbag, Published on 22/08/2015

    » Re: "King's views key", (PostBag Aug 20), "Section 112 essential", (PostBag, Aug 18) and "Follow King's advice", (PostBag, Aug 13). It is heartening to read such a thoughtful and considered exchange of views on a sensitive subject, particularly at such a fraught time for Thailand.

  • OPINION

    Reuters due for thanks

    News, Postbag, Published on 04/08/2015

    » PM Prayut Chan-o-cha should thank Reuters for its investigative reporting, partially quoted by Phuketwan, which exposed the trafficking of Rohingya migrants and won Reuters a Pulitzer prize. Absent their expose, Gen Prayut might not have undertaken his highly commendable actions against this foul trade.

  • OPINION

    Imperfect intelligence

    News, Postbag, Published on 23/08/2015

    » I read Achara’s column, “Respect human rights in bomb probe” (Opinion, Aug 21), with interest. Then I asked myself if it is fair to accuse the government’s intelligence agencies of having no prior knowledge of the Erawan bombing.

  • OPINION

    Songkran needs facts

    News, Postbag, Published on 05/08/2015

    » Last week, I almost wrote in praise of Songkran Grachangnetara for his exceptional suggestions on ways to solve Thailand’s development problems (“Thailand urgently needs to tackle development traps”, Opinion, July 28).

  • OPINION

    Substandard argument

    News, Postbag, Published on 06/08/2015

    » The justifications put forward for Thailand needing submarines grow increasingly bizarre. Some months ago, when the matter was raised, it was said Thailand was seeking parity with its neighbours.

  • OPINION

    What’s Thai policy?

    News, Postbag, Published on 08/08/2015

    » In an effort to counter China’s provocative launch of missiles during the 1996 crisis in the Taiwan Strait, the US staged the largest display of American naval power in Asia since the Vietnam War.

  • OPINION

    Justice at long last

    News, Postbag, Published on 07/08/2015

    » A hearty congratulations to PM Prayut Chan-o-cha and our judges for sentencing Chonsawat Asavahame, son of fugitive and influential ex-politician Vatana Asavanhame, to 18 months in jail for dereliction of duty in the fraud-tainted Samut Prakan municipal elections.

  • OPINION

    Cambodian Justice Defended

    News, Postbag, Published on 09/08/2015

    » Re: “ ‘Show trial’ jails activists, CNRP figures” (BP, July 22).

  • OPINION

    Subs claim sinks

    News, Postbag, Published on 11/08/2015

    » Re: “Subs plan tests navy to sink or swim”, (BP, Aug 9) offers a balanced analysis of the Royal Thai Navy’s case for submarines. The RTN’s main “justification” — to make other countries “stand in awe” — is weak. We already have the region’s second-largest naval force, behind Indonesia and ahead of Vietnam, yet with no conflict in sight. So, who are we going to stare down?

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