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  • OPINION

    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.

  • OPINION

    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.

  • OPINION

    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.

  • LEARNING

    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.

  • LEARNING

    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.

  • LEARNING

    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.

  • LIFESTYLE

    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.

  • BUSINESS

    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.

  • BUSINESS

    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.

  • LEARNING

    Change minimum wage system?

    Jon Fernquest, Published on 14/07/2011

    » The tripartite minimum wage system began just before the 1973 political uprising, meets ILO standards but has an employer bias.

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