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  • OPINION

    NHRC judge plea is futile

    News, Editorial, Published on 10/10/2019

    » The National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) has suffered another major setback. Last week, NHRC chairman, What Tingsamit, called on the chief judges of the Supreme Court and Supreme Administrative Court to appoint a new commissioner to enable the agency to function temporarily.

  • OPINION

    Integrity vital as our system falters

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

    » In recent months, questionable logic in the justice process involving certain political cases has raised many eyebrows -- as many as were raised by the Election Commission's ruling that helped the first runner-up party form and lead a government after the March election.

  • OPINION

    Police state not wanted

    News, Editorial, Published on 09/10/2019

    » As academics and activists held talks in Bangkok last weekend to reflect on lessons learned from the state's suppression of dissidents that led to the Oct 6, 1976, massacre, Digital Economy and Society (DE) Minister Buddhipongse Punnakanta and the police, at the same time, were busy executing their new crusade against "inappropriate" online content.

  • OPINION

    Welcome to the 'Asian century'

    News, Published on 09/10/2019

    » In the nineteenth century, the world was Europeanised. In the twentieth century, it was Americanised. Now, it is being Asianised -- and much faster than you may think.

  • OPINION

    Bureaucratic maze hampers e-commerce growth

    News, Published on 09/10/2019

    » E-commerce in Thailand is growing quickly and furiously. Yet the majority of operators refuse to be under the state regulatory system. You can't blame them. Blame the bureaucratic maze that keeps them out.

  • OPINION

    Indigenous people hold climate key

    News, Sanitsuda Ekachai, Published on 09/10/2019

    » Tackle the climate crisis. Support indigenous rights. When religious and spiritual leaders from all major traditions begin to make these demands, we should listen. Not out of respect. But for our own survival.

  • OPINION

    Vietnam is powering full steam towards the future

    News, Kavi Chongkittavorn, Published on 08/10/2019

    » These days, I get nostalgic every time I make a trip to Hanoi. This time around, it was about Vietnam's street food scene. When I first came to Hanoi in 1986, my favourite eating place was at the corner of Ly Thuong Kiet and Pham Chu Trinh streets, where one could have bun cha on the pavement of the street, which was lined with numerous haircut booths.

  • OPINION

    Jumbo deaths preventable

    News, Editorial, Published on 08/10/2019

    » The death of six elephants in Khao Yai National Park has saddened the country.

  • OPINION

    Judge's shot across bows of judiciary

    News, Atiya Achakulwisut, Published on 08/10/2019

    » Was the bullet fake? Was the self-shooting staged? Is he part of an opposition plan to discredit the military and government? Since he survived, he must have manipulated the shooting to avoid damage to major organs, just like in the movie John Wick.

  • OPINION

    Asia's multilateral balancing act

    Asia focus, Published on 07/10/2019

    » After World War II, Asia emerged from years of conflict and centuries of colonialism. The United States quickly became the main guarantor of regional security, signing bilateral defence treaties and establishing preferential trade and investment relationships with its Asian allies -- in particular the Philippines, Australia, Japan, South Korea and Pakistan.

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