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  • OPINION

    Water must unite, not divide us

    Business, Published on 10/07/2014

    » In May, Vietnam became the 35th and decisive signatory of the 1997 United Nations Convention on the Law of the Non-Navigational Uses of International Watercourses. As a result, 90 days later, on Aug 17, the convention will enter into force.

  • OPINION

    Choices, choices everywhere

    Business, Kanokporn Chanasongkram, Published on 13/06/2014

    » This is the sleepy morning after for those who stayed up to watch the much-awaited opening match of Fifa World Cup 2014, which kicked off today at 3am Bangkok time, with Brazilian and Croatian footballers battling it out in the pitch at Sao Paulo’s recently finished Itaquerao Stadium.

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    Let’s teach our children to become good digital citizens

    Business, Prapai Kraisornkovit, Published on 23/05/2014

    » As we make progress in computing technology and build more complex tools, getting connected to the internet has become easier. Many mobile devices are now equipped with features allowing us to browse the net. In cities, there are free Wi-Fi hot spots and internet cafes around nearly every corner. Communication towers and antennas are sprouting like weeds, expanding internet access to more and more rural areas.

  • OPINION

    The world economy's impossible demand

    Business, Published on 07/02/2014

    » The global economy's glory days are surely over. Yet policymakers continue to focus on short-term demand management in the hope of resurrecting the heady growth rates enjoyed before the 2008-09 financial crisis.

  • OPINION

    Cites missing the big picture

    Business, Published on 09/03/2013

    » There can be no sadder task for an animal lover than to formally declare a once-loved species extinct. But that duty fell to delegates at the 178-nation Convention in Trade in Endangered Species (Cites) conference in Bangkok this week as they removed a distressing number of now-extinct animals from protection lists that had failed to protect them. They included Australia's dusky flying fox and cartoon-like rabbit-eared bandicoot. And, at the rate humans are killing off wild animals and plundering the seas, more familiar species could be joining them.

  • OPINION

    Cites augurs ill for animals

    Business, Published on 09/03/2013

    » Wow, Cites is in town...! People have jetted in from all over the world to attend the so-called Cop16 meeting to try and help the planet's wild species. However, things are not going so well for many animals like elephants, tigers, rhinos, sharks and the polar bear, plus many others. Legislation to improve protection seems to have been lost in what I call ''747 conservation politics'' with infighting and squabbling amongst the parties. Many countries have their own agenda on what and how these species can make money. Even Thailand is trying to pass legislation on crocodiles so we can export more skins and meat.

  • OPINION

    Indonesia, Pakistan democracies vote to kill

    Business, Published on 09/03/2013

    » The recent slaughter of Shia in Pakistan is another grisly reminder of the perilous condition of its minorities. Indeed, in Pakistan and Indonesia, the two largest Muslim countries, both of which are in the midst of a fraught experiment with electoral democracy after decades of military rule, murderous assaults on Shia, Christians and Ahmadis by majoritarian Sunni fanatics have become routine.

  • OPINION

    Employees belong in the cities, not only in cubicles

    Business, Published on 09/03/2013

    » Critics of Yahoo! Inc's recent ban on telecommuting say the policy will hurt productivity, while supporters say that making employees come into the office will help the struggling company.

  • OPINION

    Going to jail for writing is a horror story

    Business, Kong Rithdee, Published on 09/03/2013

    » Interestingly, getting people killed can't be as bad as disturbing people. Fatal recklessness isn't as unforgivable as deliberate provocation. At one extreme, murder is sometimes more tolerable than writing. To know how to toe the line, to know what to write and what not to write, has become a political as well as literary dilemma - and here we're talking about Chinese Nobel literature laureate Mo Yan's semi-endorsement of censorship and jailed editor Somyot Prueksakasemsuk's sentence for breaking the lese majeste law. And we thought clemency was the way of our world.

  • OPINION

    Judgement: The enemy of creativity

    Business, Detlef Reis, Published on 26/04/2012

    » Are you very critical? Do you often criticise other people and their ideas and actions? Do you apply the same standards to yourself? If so, chances are that you're not very creative _ or that you do not fully use your own creative potential. Judgement is the enemy of creativity and creation. Here is why.

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