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    Asean nears its Thucydides trap turning point

    News, Published on 14/10/2019

    » In the whirlwind of the 554 officially listed events which marked the start of the UN General Assembly debates in New York two weeks ago, the concern raised by Secretary-General Antonio Guterres -- that the world is moving towards a Great Fracture -- was understandably lost in the cacophony.

  • OPINION

    Dust in the wind and down the throat

    News, Roger Crutchley, Published on 06/10/2019

    » You know there's something amiss in Bangkok when you wake up to the sounds of birds coughing. Well maybe it wasn't quite that bad, but this week our feathered friends sounded decidedly under the weather. So it came as no surprise to read the gloomy headlines about "toxic smog" returning to Bangkok.

  • OPINION

    Understanding Bangkok's traffic woes

    News, Danny Marks, Published on 01/10/2019

    » Anyone who lives in Bangkok won't be surprised to know that the navigation company, TomTom, recently ranked the city among the world's worst for traffic congestion. The transport sector also contributes greatly to Bangkok's overall carbon emissions: a quarter of its emissions -- higher than the global average -- come from this sector and is driven by private automobile use.

  • OPINION

    Thailand's going bananas for Korea

    News, Kavi Chongkittavorn, Published on 17/09/2019

    » When South Korean President Moon Jae-in visited Thailand recently, he highlighted two Thai names, Nichkhun of 2PM and Lisa of Blackpink as symbols of the excellent South Korean-Thai friendship. Nichkhun Horvejkul and Lalisa Manoban are young Thai idols who are making a living as K-Pop performers in Seoul. Both of them speak fluent Korean, they are trained to sing in Korean and are well-versed in K-Pop dancing.

  • OPINION

    Govt leaves Thamanat sore to fester

    News, Veera Prateepchaikul, Published on 16/09/2019

    » Deputy Agriculture and Cooperatives Minister Thamanat Prompow must have been a valuable asset of the government to justify both Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha and Deputy Prime Minister Wissanu Krea-ngam coming to his defence over his criminal past in connection with a drug trafficking case in Australia about three decades ago and over his questionable educational background while other cabinet ministers keep their distance from the scandal.

  • OPINION

    Media outlets must not ignore culture of kickbacks

    News, Nauvarat Suksamran, Published on 14/09/2019

    » As mainstream print and digital media outlets fiercely follow up on certain political scandals rocking Prayut Chan-o-cha's administration, a small but significantly important news item has quietly slipped from most of the newshounds' attention.

  • OPINION

    Businesses must lead on data privacy

    News, Published on 11/09/2019

    » After a long wait, we finally have a law to protect our data privacy. But don't jump with joy just yet.

  • OPINION

    Missing persons still need legal help

    News, Anchalee Kongrut, Published on 05/09/2019

    » The Department of Special Investigation (DSI) is getting praise it well deserves. On Tuesday, the DSI held a joint press conference with other state agencies announcing they have found Porlajee "Billy" Rakchongcharoen, a Karen ethnic rights activist who disappeared more than five years ago.

  • OPINION

    Win-win in Bang Saen

    Life, Yvonne Bohwongprasert, Published on 02/09/2019

    » A recent article on Thailand's Bang Saen seaside town undergoing a major makeover to accommodate an ageing society put a smile on my face as the reality of reaching the day I become a senior citizen fast approaches.

  • OPINION

    Checklist: Are You a Good Politician?

    Guru, Pornchai Sereemongkonpol, Published on 30/08/2019

    » □ Yes. But I didn't berate them or try to flex my muscles. I naturally speak loudly.

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