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  • OPINION

    Forget 'wai khru', pay homage to equality instead

    News, Published on 27/09/2019

    » The notification was in my inbox a few weeks ago that our faculty would not hold a Teachers' Day ceremony or wai khru, a ceremony to pay homage to teachers, this year. The students had the option to join the university's main ceremony or they could just get on with their lives on that particular Thursday.

  • OPINION

    Developing by managing demographics

    News, Thitinan Pongsudhirak, Published on 27/09/2019

    » Once upon a time, it was feared that the earth would become overcrowded and its inhabitants unable to find enough to eat. This fear has not only proved unfounded but it has gone in the opposite direction. What almost every nation fears now is a decline in inhabitants as the birth rate cannot keep up with the longevity of the aged and elderly, imposing unsustainable burdens on working-age segments of the population. Every region is afflicted with this demographic predicament, especially in affluent societies where the birth rate decline is acute, such as Japan.

  • OPINION

    Thai society's gender clichés need overhaul

    News, Sirinya Wattanasukchai, Published on 27/09/2019

    » At a glance, the sight of a poster featuring Social Development and Human Security (SDHS) Minister Juti Krairiksh beaming, surrounded by a crowd of women, should make us women feel good. The poster should tell us that a top male policymaker cares about the opposite sex.

  • OPINION

    The right to local polls

    News, Editorial, Published on 27/09/2019

    » It has now been more than five years since the military regime of Gen Prayut Chan-o-cha deprived the Thai people of their right to elect their local administrators and councillors. Though a national poll was finally held in March, the "elected" government of Gen Prayut is still keeping the public in the dark when it comes to the return of local elections.

  • OPINION

    Fresh QE won't stop global recession

    News, Chartchai Parasuk, Published on 26/09/2019

    » I have to apologise because this article will not be easy to read. I will try my best to explain things in the simplest way possible. However, global financial issues are difficult and complex in nature. If you feel that you do not want to be bothered with the complexity of the issue, I will give the conclusions of today's article now.

  • OPINION

    Flood response conductor in sea of disharmony

    News, Anchalee Kongrut, Published on 26/09/2019

    » Only after tropical storms Podul and Kajiki flooded many provinces in the North and Northeast for a month did the government finally wake up, announcing on Tuesday that it would set up a "war room" to tackle the problem.

  • OPINION

    Black arts at BACC

    News, Editorial, Published on 26/09/2019

    » Ongoing turmoil at the Bangkok Art and Culture Centre (BACC) is threatening to sabotage the city's bid to become a global cultural crossroads.

  • OPINION

    Climate change comes to SE Asia

    News, Published on 26/09/2019

    » Climate change is a low priority in Southeast Asia. The region's climate always changes, from year to year, with the unreliable monsoon. It's hot already. The ice sheets may be melting but they are a long way away. Only in the Philippines did Greta Thunberg's call for international protest gain much response. But maybe this complacency is due to change.

  • OPINION

    The democratisation of airpower

    News, Gwynne Dyer, Published on 25/09/2019

    » Big shifts in the military balance happen quietly over many years, and then leap suddenly into focus when the shooting starts.

  • OPINION

    Breaking a toxic deadlock

    News, Editorial, Published on 25/09/2019

    » Despite controlling the Department of Agriculture, Mananya Thaiset has struggled to make headway in her mission to ban the three toxic farm chemicals -- paraquat, glyphosate and chlorpyrifos. Frustrating the deputy agriculture and cooperatives minister's efforts are influential mandarins in the department who are refusing to cooperate.

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