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  • 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

    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

    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.

  • OPINION

    Building broad support for constitutional reform

    News, Published on 23/10/2019

    » As is characteristic of our polarised society, opinion is deeply divided on whether the 2017 constitution should be amended.

  • OPINION

    GPS tracking is Big Brother

    News, Editorial, Published on 23/10/2019

    » In his efforts to tackle the country's notorious road slaughter, Transport Minister Saksayam Chidchob has come up with a "Big Brother" touch. For the sake of safer roads, he has proposed that Global Positioning System (GPS) trackers be installed in all privately owned vehicles to monitor drivers and punish those violating speed limits and other traffic laws.

  • OPINION

    Rising seas mean deltas need more sand and mud

    News, Published on 22/10/2019

    » Doubtless it sounds crazy to anyone who has watched a sandcastle crumble as the tide washes in but the key to stopping the world's densely populated deltas from sinking beneath the waves is sand. Or rather sediment: the combination of gravel, sand, silt and clay that large rivers carry down to the sea and deposit on deltas. Sediment that constantly and naturally replenishes deltas, keeping them -- and all the people, fields, industries, cities and wildlife that rely on them -- above the water.

  • OPINION

    Healthcare both bother and boon for fickle Prayut

    News, Atiya Achakulwisut, Published on 22/10/2019

    » Prime Minister Gen Prayut Chan-o-cha's defence of his position on the universal healthcare scheme during the budget debate last week was a relatively short, less colourful one by his fiery standards. Yet, it was a speech that deserves our attention.

  • OPINION

    Paradox belies Thailand-Malaysia ties

    News, Kavi Chongkittavorn, Published on 22/10/2019

    » This week marks one full year since Malaysian Prime Minister Mahathir Mohammad's much publicised visit to Thailand. During the landmark trip, he said that Malaysia under his leadership would do "whatever was possible" to achieve peace in southern Thailand. His comment gave a strong sense of deja vu to the government of Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha that permanent peace and stability at the southern tip was close at hand.

  • OPINION

    Cycling needs govt push

    News, Editorial, Published on 22/10/2019

    » For many, the elevated bicycle lane beneath the Airport Rail Link, proposed as an alternative for those commuting between eastern Bangkok and the heart of the city by a think tank agency under King Mongkut's Institute of Technology Ladkrabang, is just another pie-in-the-sky plan.

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