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    About politics

    News, Published on 18/11/2017

    » Prayut's 'fresh faces' question steeped in contradictions v Regime keeps watchful eye on Pheu Thai Party as it mulls lifting the political ban v Rajabhakti Park: Pride of the army or simply a den of graft?

  • OPINION

    Democracy puts limits on protests

    News, Umesh Pandey, Published on 24/09/2017

    » Just over a decade ago, friends knew they had to go to either Sanam Luang or Siam Square to find me after work. I was not there selling goods on the pavements, but instead I was being the typical democratic-minded youth looking for fairness from the government that I had not voted for.

  • OPINION

    Twisting media's arm will backfire

    News, Umesh Pandey, Published on 20/08/2017

    » The Prayut Chan-o-cha government is back in the eye of the storm for all for the wrong reasons. This time all eyes are on the mobile cabinet meeting set to take place tomorrow and Tuesday in Nakhon Ratchasima after government spokesman Sansern Kaewkamnerd openly admitted that he had "requested" television stations to do "scoops" focusing on ministers attending the meeting.

  • OPINION

    A tale of two bombs -- in Manchester and Bangkok

    News, Gwynne Dyer, Published on 26/05/2017

    » There were two bombs on Monday. The one in Britain killed at least 22 people and injured 120 as they came out of a concert at Manchester Arena. It was carried out by a suicide bomber named Salman Abedi and claimed by the Islamic State (IS). The other was in Thailand, and injured 22 people at a military-linked hospital in Bangkok; nobody has claimed responsibility yet. But what happened afterwards was very different.

  • OPINION

    The Daesh threat close to home

    Asia focus, Erich Parpart, Published on 08/05/2017

    » Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS), or Daesh, appears to be trying to gain a foothold in the Philippines. It has also claimed responsibility for successful and unsuccessful attacks in Indonesia and Malaysia in recent years, while Singapore and Thailand are also on high alert.

  • OPINION

    Going potty over luck at Govt House

    News, Ploenpote Atthakor, Published on 10/05/2017

    » Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha likes to remind us he is not a politician -- a statement that in a way reflects his perceived superiority. Basically, he wants it known he is in a different league.

  • OPINION

    Updating the war on drugs

    News, Editorial, Published on 22/11/2016

    » Governments and security agencies worldwide are always trying to catch up with society. Nothing illustrates this like the global rethink on the four-decade war on drugs. Justice Minister Paiboon Koomchaya continues to look for a policy that somehow acknowledges both a common disgust with the "war", and the fact that the public is becoming better educated and more tolerant of its actual dangers.

  • OPINION

    Prayut, Prawit still firm friends, despite the rumours

    News, Wassana Nanuam, Published on 14/07/2016

    » Despite rumours about a growing rift, Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha and his deputy, Gen Prawit Wongsuwon, have not only maintained their camaraderie but also solidified the power of the regime.

  • OPINION

    Divisive Thaksin tactics

    News, Postbag, Published on 23/02/2016

    » Re: "Poll 'charade', says Thaksin", (BP, Feb 22).

  • OPINION

    Avoiding a religious row

    News, Editorial, Published on 20/01/2016

    » It is unclear why authorities in the South have pushed a project for a new Buddhist park in Pattani province. Indeed, as of yesterday at least, provincial officials had provided no specifics. The central government seems confused but it is crystal clear that local people have grave doubts, and have spoken about them clearly.

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