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    The high complexity of inequality

    News, Published on 08/02/2016

    » Everyone seems to be talking about -- and condemning -- today's rising level of economic inequality. Fuelled by jarring statistics like Oxfam's recent revelation that the world's richest 62 people own as much wealth as the poorest 3.6 billion, popular support for left-wing figures like America's Bernie Sanders and Britain's Jeremy Corbyn is rising. But today's ideology-driven debates oversimplify an issue that is exceedingly complex -- and affected by processes that we do not fully understand.


    Mixed views about Thais from Singapore's statesman

    News, Atiya Achakulwisut, Published on 24/03/2015

    » Singapore's late founding father Lee Kuan Yew was a leader who did not mince his words, especially after he stood down as prime minister in 1990.


    The road to 'true democracy'

    Published on 28/03/2015

    » Lt Gen Navin Damrigan, a constitution writer, shares his view on the Thailand the Constitution Drafting Committee has in mind once the new charter takes effect, and how the new highest law can bring about such transformation.


    New tax on bank deposits

    Jon Fernquest, Published on 14/02/2012

    » Bank deposit tax hike from 0.4% to 0.47% (0.01% for deposit insurance, 0.46% for lingering 1997 crisis debt). Same tax for state & commercial banks now.


    Rice scheme mostly helps rich

    Jon Fernquest, Published on 23/09/2011

    » Poor stuck buying more expensive rice. Rice exporters, millers, warehousers, richer farmers, the cronies of politicians, the ones who will really benefit.


    Daily minimum wage rise to 300 baht

    Jon Fernquest, Published on 06/07/2011

    » With 40% hike 9 million workers benefit but 6.7% mostly SMEs will go out of business plus reduced international competitiveness.


    More equal than most

    Life, Published on 04/01/2016

    » Over the past decade of Thailand's political turmoil, the colour-coded camps contesting power have offered starkly different visions of the kind of country they would like Thailand to be. Different perceptions of inequality in Thailand are at the heart of the polarisation.


    Mind the Gap

    Asia focus, Published on 01/12/2014

    » There is no disputing that economic development in Asia has lifted tens of millions of people out of poverty. A huge new middle class is now emerging and will drive prosperity even more. And the number of dollar millionaires and billionaires in Asia is growing faster than in any other region in the world.


    Global turmoil and Thailand's political reset

    News, Thitinan Pongsudhirak, Published on 21/12/2018

    » As the world moves into 2019, there is a consensus that the roughly seven-decade-old rules-based liberal international order no longer works. Either it has to be fundamentally revamped to suit new realities and the international distribution of power and wealth, or it will be increasingly violated and marginalised. In a remarkable parallel, Thailand's hitherto political order that lasted about seven decades also requires adjustment and recalibration.


    Two-year report: Could do better

    Business, Post Reporters, Published on 23/05/2016

    » After setting up the National Council for Peace and Order on May 23, 2014, Gen Prayut Chan-o-cha announced an ambitious mission: to "return happiness to the country" through economic, social and political reforms.

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