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  • OPINION

    Fishing sector needs a clean slate

    News, Published on 11/11/2019

    » The US Trade Representative (USTR) recently announced the suspension of trade preferences for Thailand under the Generalised System of Preferences (GSP) -- covering more than 500 products ranging from food to manufactured goods. The reason cited was Thailand's failure to adequately protect workers' rights.

  • OPINION

    Mobile meetings just for show

    News, Editorial, Published on 10/11/2019

    » Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha and his cabinet are set to take a trip to three provinces to the west of Bangkok, namely Ratchaburi, Kanchanaburi and Suphan Buri tomorrow for a mobile cabinet meeting. The two-day trip will be the first mobile cabinet meeting after Gen Prayut formed his Palang Pracharath-led coalition government in early July this year.

  • OPINION

    A European Germany, Not a German Europe

    News, Published on 10/11/2019

    » The fall of the Berlin Wall, 30 years ago on Nov 9, was one of the best parties I ever went to, and certainly the longest. But when I finally sobered up, it was also quite frightening, because nobody knew what was coming out of the box next.

  • OPINION

    Why a teen girl in Korat cried all night

    News, Roger Crutchley, Published on 10/11/2019

    » It is always uncomfortable to read about hard-working people who are taken advantage of by unscrupulous characters. This appears to be the case with "Orm", a 15-year-old girl in Korat who had been making krathong floats for tomorrow's Loy Krathong festival, only to be arrested and fined for alleged copyright infringement.

  • OPINION

    PPRP must stay out of charter study

    News, Chairith Yonpiam, Published on 09/11/2019

    » The opposition's move to amend the 2017 constitution has gathered steam with the formation of a panel tasked to study the charter rewrite, which is set for House debate later this month.

  • OPINION

    Change tack in far South

    News, Editorial, Published on 09/11/2019

    » The government and army's responses to this week's deadly attack at a civil defence volunteer checkpoint in Yala province in the deep South are deeply worrying, largely because of their insistence on sticking with numerous failed and questionable means of tackling violence in the restive region.

  • OPINION

    RCEP without India poses new hurdles

    News, Thitinan Pongsudhirak, Published on 08/11/2019

    » On the face of it, the Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership is an Indo-Pacific trade pact that would shore up the stalled world trade liberalisation and stem the rising tide of protectionism in the global economy. India's withdrawal from the RCEP -- whose other 15 members comprise the 10 Asean economies along with China, Japan, South Korea, Australia and New Zealand -- is a major setback, posing new challenges for the Asean-centred trade bloc. Asean should persuade India to return to the RCEP fold, while preparing for a much less promising RCEP15 as second-best outcome.

  • OPINION

    Chemical ban opponents led by misinformation

    News, Ploenpote Atthakor, Published on 08/11/2019

    » By the end of today, an online "hearing" process initiated by the Department of Agriculture over whether the ban on three extremely toxic chemicals -- paraquat, glyphosate and chlorpyrifos -- should be lifted will have come to an end. The results are expected to be released shortly after the hearings are over, especially if those who vote against the ban emerge as the winners.

  • OPINION

    Hun Sen finds a Thai ally

    News, Editorial, Published on 08/11/2019

    » What is as troubling as the ruling Cambodian regime's ruthless crackdown on opposition leaders, as recent developments over the past few days have shown, is how willingly the Thai government has cooperated with Cambodian Prime Minister Hun Sen.

  • OPINION

    Law, legitimacy and human rights in cyberspace

    News, Vitit Muntarbhorn, Published on 08/11/2019

    » Challenges facing human rights in our brave new cyberworld invite reflection on how the law can be of assistance. Yet, the law also needs to respond to social values of what is acceptable and legitimate -- especially from the angle of democracy, sustainable development and aspirations of peace.

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