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  • OPINION

    Modern world leaders are just walking cliches

    News, Leonid Bershidsky, Published on 30/07/2019

    » One of the most striking things about Boris Johnson, who became UK prime minister, is how precisely he fits the stereotype of the eccentric upper-class Brit. With his elevation, Britain joins several major nations led by people who embody their national stereotypes and not the best of them at that. However, it could be argued that it's leaders defying such cliches who take their countries forward.

  • OPINION

    Cabinet throwing up some odd ideas

    News, Veera Prateepchaikul, Published on 26/08/2019

    » Tourism and Sports Minister Phiphat Ratchakitprakarn, a new face in the government, has been dealt a blow with his first proposal to the cabinet to waive visa application fees for tourists from China and India.

  • OPINION

    Some dirt won't hurt

    News, Postbag, Published on 06/08/2019

    » Re: "Cleaning up Khao San", (BP, Aug 4). It is distressing to see Bangkok Post reporters struggling to put a positive spin on the imminent gutting of Khao San Road.

  • OPINION

    Old habits die hard

    News, Postbag, Published on 05/08/2019

    » Re: "Army unwilling to yield to democracy", (Opinion, July 31). Erich Parpart is correct to say that democracy in Thailand is a distant possibility. The reasons should be obvious to anyone who has lived in any other democratic society.

  • OPINION

    Troubled justice?

    News, Postbag, Published on 04/08/2019

    » Re: "Thainess not all bad", (PostBag, July 30). I think everyone agrees that societies of other countries include families (and situations) similar to the one he refers to.

  • OPINION

    Huge army spend is self-serving folly

    News, Zachary Abuza, Published on 24/07/2019

    » It goes without saying but, coups d'état are good for a military's bottom line. According to data recently published by the Stockholm International Peace Research Institute (Sipri), the Thai military has benefited handsomely from its repeated interventions in Thai politics.

  • OPINION

    River's already under siege

    News, Postbag, Published on 21/07/2019

    » Your July 20 editorial, "Dam disaster on the way", was correct in identifying dams as contributing to flow problems on the lower Mekong, but sadly understated the problem.

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