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    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

    NHRC judge plea is futile

    News, Editorial, Published on 10/10/2019

    » The National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) has suffered another major setback. Last week, NHRC chairman, What Tingsamit, called on the chief judges of the Supreme Court and Supreme Administrative Court to appoint a new commissioner to enable the agency to function temporarily.

  • OPINION

    Indigenous people hold climate key

    News, Sanitsuda Ekachai, Published on 09/10/2019

    » Tackle the climate crisis. Support indigenous rights. When religious and spiritual leaders from all major traditions begin to make these demands, we should listen. Not out of respect. But for our own survival.

  • OPINION

    Learning from the Lunlabelle tragedy

    Asia focus, Yvonne Bohwongprasert, Published on 30/09/2019

    » The untimely death of Thitima "Lunlabelle" Noraphanpiphat, a popular product presenter, from alcohol poisoning has raised a number of questions that the media has attempted to address as police continue investigating the circumstances leading up to her demise.

  • OPINION

    Coalition braces for vital budget bill test

    News, Chairith Yonpiam, Published on 28/09/2019

    » With the 2020 budget bill being tabled in parliament next month, the final countdown has started for the coalition government led by army chief-turned-politician Prayut Chan-o-cha.

  • OPINION

    Flood response conductor in sea of disharmony

    News, Anchalee Kongrut, Published on 26/09/2019

    » Only after tropical storms Podul and Kajiki flooded many provinces in the North and Northeast for a month did the government finally wake up, announcing on Tuesday that it would set up a "war room" to tackle the problem.

  • OPINION

    Of lords, ladies and gentlemen

    News, Roger Crutchley, Published on 22/09/2019

    » Congratulations are in order to former Bangkok Post journalist Natalie Bennett who has been made a House of Lords peer and is now named Baroness Bennett of Manor Castle. Natalie, or rather Lady Bennett, who had been the leader of the Green Party for several years, was given this title in former prime minister Theresa May's resignation honours list last week.

  • OPINION

    Mixing Art with Belief

    Guru, Pornchai Sereemongkonpol, Published on 13/09/2019

    » Mixing art with belief can be a recipe for controversy, especially when you think outside the box. Three Ultraman-inspired paintings of Buddha images by an unnamed uni student that caused an online uproar earlier this week are a case in point. She meant no disrespect by portraying Buddha as a superhero. The analogy is quite obvious as Buddha fights the world's evils through his teaching while the Ultramen fight the kaiju monsters. A flattering comparison, if you ask me. However, she was pressured to tearfully apology for -- in my opinion -- doing nothing wrong. Her biggest crime is interpreting Buddha through a contemporary pop-culture lens. It's the price she had to pay for portraying Buddha image in any way else besides sacred, I guess. Most importantly, didn't Lord Buddha teach us not to hold on to idols and be open-minded?

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