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  • OPINION

    Road blocks of denial

    News, Editorial, Published on 10/06/2017

    » A wedding is supposed to be a joyful affair.

  • OPINION

    Horror of the disappeared

    News, Editorial, Published on 11/02/2019

    » Cases of the sudden disappearance of political dissidents continue to mount. The latest such case occurred in daytime, inside a well-known Bangkok mall. Truong Duy Nhat, a well-known journalist and blogger in Vietnam, was seized and dragged out of Future Park shopping centre. He had just registered his personal details and applied for asylum through the UN refugee office. His disappearance on Jan 26 has received the usual silence from governments involved.

  • OPINION

    Ray of hope for rule of law

    News, Editorial, Published on 30/11/2018

    » Much to the public's distress, the court case against construction tycoon Premchai Karnasuta, who was allegedly involved in poaching on a trip to Thungyai wildlife sanctuary, began this week. A myriad of pressures surround this case given the status of Mr Premchai whose business fortune puts him high up on Thailand's who's who list.

  • OPINION

    Rattanakosin plan poses threat

    News, Editorial, Published on 02/09/2018

    » In a quiet, hush-hush move, the authorities have dusted off the Rattanakosin conservation and development master plan to turn Bangkok's inner, old town quarters into Thailand's own Champs-Elysee.

  • OPINION

    All wild species deserve saving

    News, Editorial, Published on 17/06/2018

    » In a setback for animal rights activists, a planned provision under the Anti-Cruelty against Animals and Animal Welfare Act by the Ministry of Agriculture will selectively name what species are worthy of protection.

  • OPINION

    Dusit Zoo should become a park

    News, Editorial, Published on 10/12/2017

    » With a new land plot given to the Zoological Park Organisation by the palace, the country will soon welcome a new bigger zoo. The land, which was among nine plots bestowed to the government by His Majesty King Maha Vajiralongkorn last month, is located in the Klong 6 area of Pathum Thani's Thanyaburi district.

  • OPINION

    Sad record on abduction

    News, Editorial, Published on 13/03/2017

    » The rule of law got a tiny boost last week. The National Legislative Assembly voted unanimously to ratify the 2006 International Convention for the Protection of All Persons from Enforced Disappearance. The name of the UN pact may be unwieldy but the aim is crystal clear and simple. It legally forbids governments and their agents from abducting and "disappearing" people.

  • OPINION

    Still time to do right over Mahakan Fort

    News, Editorial, Published on 05/03/2017

    » At a glance, the endorsement by the state of the Mahakan Fort conservation plan proposed by professional architects and experts seems like a breakthrough in the long-standing land conflict between the authorities and residents. In the new development, the Committee on the Conservation of Rattanakosin and Old Towns, through a panel under Borvornvate Rungrujee, which formerly distanced itself from the issue, has just stepped forward to find a solution.

  • OPINION

    Seoul offers timely lesson

    News, Editorial, Published on 12/12/2016

    » South Koreans by the hundreds of thousands have spent the weekend celebrating. With lit candles and cheering, they marked the impeachment of President Park Geun-hye. The celebrations were as peaceful as the revelations and protests that brought Ms Park to her likely political end. Many Thais today will be noting that while Korea has a recent history of military dictatorships, the downfall of the president was both non-violent and without military interference.

  • OPINION

    Bulldozer bullying

    News, Editorial, Published on 16/03/2016

    » The Bangkok Metropolitan Administration (BMA) seems to have its eyes fixed yet again on the small community at Mahakan Fort. That means, as most people know, the BMA is readying another attempt to oust the small village behind the iconic fort. The BMA has been trying to seize this area for years. It should not just call off the eviction attempt, it should entirely reverse course and encourage this community.

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