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    Prayut takes well-trodden path to popular appeal

    Oped, Naowarat Suksamran, Published on 26/10/2019

    » The recent deliberations on the 2020 budget bill, which saw an initial triumph on the part of the government, highlighted a sharp contrast between old and new politics. The Prayut Chan-o-cha government’s 3.2-trillion-baht budget bill sailed through its first reading at the end of last week, with 251 approval votes against 234 abstentions. The second reading is scheduled for January.

  • OPINION

    Hun Sen must compromise

    Oped, Editorial, Published on 26/10/2019

    » As a result of his brutal political purge against the opposition Cambodia National Rescue Party (CNRP) and its senior members over the past few years, Cambodian Prime Minister Hun Sen has got what he wanted. His ruling Cambodian People’s Party (CPP) won a “fake”, uncontested election last year and he has prolonged his stay in power. But he has left the future of his country and its people in disarray.

  • OPINION

    Horror stories for those with short attention spans

    Guru, Pornchai Sereemongkonpol, Published on 25/10/2019

    » Halloween is rearing its scary head. To celebrate the unholy night and help you get into a spooky mood, I've compiled 13 two-sentence Thai horror stories for your entertainment and horror. Why 13? Because it's Halloween. Read them during the witching hour, if you dare. Some require knowledge of Thai culture. g

  • OPINION

    Asean opting out of Rakhine efforts

    News, Published on 25/10/2019

    » When Asean foreign ministers last met in Bangkok on July 31 and discussed the Rakhine crisis, their conclusions reflected the lowest common denominator of the bloc's membership. Two years after the enforced mass exodus of more than 700,000 Rohingya from Myanmar to Bangladesh, Asean is at risk of becoming irrelevant to the search for solutions.

  • OPINION

    How about GPS trackers in govt motorcades?

    News, Sirinya Wattanasukchai, Published on 25/10/2019

    » When Transport Minister Saksayam Chidchob decided to make a U-turn on his controversial proposal to install Global Positioning Systems (GPS) in all privately owned vehicles that he had put forth not more than 48 hours before, I have to say I was rather disappointed.

  • OPINION

    Don't let Tak Bai justice die

    News, Editorial, Published on 25/10/2019

    » Fifteen years ago today, 85 Muslim men died as a direct result of what appeared to be atrocities committed by security officers against protesters in Tak Bai, Narathiwat. It was a horrific tragedy. Sadly, no one has been brought to justice yet, and the statute of limitations for prosecution will expire in five years.

  • OPINION

    Myanmar is 'ready' for the return of Rohingya

    News, Larry Jagan, Published on 24/10/2019

    » Myanmar wants the Rohingya refugees to return, and preparations have been made to receive them, according to the minister in charge of the process. "We will accept them back anytime," said Dr Win Myat Aye, Myanmar's Minister for Social Welfare, Relief and Resettlement.

  • OPINION

    Hope sprouts for farming

    News, Editorial, Published on 24/10/2019

    » After weeks of rumour and speculation, the national panel tasked with the control of hazardous substances made a historic decision this week to ban three toxic farm chemicals, namely paraquat, glyphosate and chlorpyrifos. The decision is being hailed as a major victory for food safety advocates. In reality, though, it's just the beginning of a long battle.

  • OPINION

    When honesty really is the best policy

    News, Chartchai Parasuk, Published on 24/10/2019

    » The International Monetary Fund (IMF), my alma mater, appointed a new chief on Oct 1. The new Managing Director, Kristalina Georgieva, suddenly changes the "everything is okay" view on the world economy to "the world is about to collapse".

  • OPINION

    Tackling Thailand's food-waste crisis

    News, Published on 23/10/2019

    » When one-third of all food produced globally is thrown away while nearly one billion people go hungry, food waste is not only a moral travesty, it's also a crime against nature.

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