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  • OPINION

    Tackling the 'lone wolves'

    News, Editorial, Published on 18/03/2019

    » The worst massacre of innocents in eight years occurred in peaceful Christchurch on Friday. In a 36-minute orgy in two separate mosques, 50 people were shot dead. A definitely demented but functioning man created an unwatchable Facebook video as he killed from close range. Heroes emerged from the mosque mats and in police ranks, but the worst of the killer's work was done.

  • OPINION

    Nothing wrong in being distracted

    News, Roger Crutchley, Published on 21/01/2018

    » Earlier this month in PostScript there was a reference to "distracted walkers", a term for those people who bump into you on the street or the BTS because they have their noses buried in their smartphones.

  • OPINION

    Violence takes root in our words

    News, Leonid Bershidsky, Published on 14/12/2015

    » The Oxford Dictionaries' selection for the 2015 Word of the Year -- the "Face with Tears of Joy" emoji -- suggests that UK linguists live in a rather carefree world. In other countries, the selections were not as upbeat.

  • OPINION

    High alert for terrorism

    News, Editorial, Published on 03/05/2016

    » The savage murder last week of a Canadian hostage by self-styled Filipino Islamists was a reminder of the terrorist threat in this region. Authorities have said on several occasions they have not uncovered any case of an active Islamic State network or agent in Thailand. The need for constant alert is clear.

  • OPINION

    Makes no sense at all

    News, Postbag, Published on 22/04/2016

    » In order to "increase customer satisfaction", a Thai bank, which previously issued debit cards allowing people to withdraw cash at the ATMs of many other banks, has now issued a newer version which only allows withdrawals from the issuing bank.

  • OPINION

    Earth Day should trigger a wake-up call for us all

    News, Published on 22/04/2019

    » Today, more than one billion people will celebrate Earth Day in more than 190 countries. The word "celebrate" often has a joyful connotation. But in this case, the question can be asked whether this is appropriate.

  • OPINION

    Racist teacher policy

    News, Postbag, Published on 11/08/2018

    » It is the time of the year when international schools in Thailand start recruiting teachers.­ Kris Wya, an African-American teacher with qualifications beyond the requirements, found getting a job in the country difficult. She said it was because of her skin colour and some "smart" schools wanted her photo­graphs to be sent so that they would know who she was, an African.

  • OPINION

    Trump speaks for racists, not all of US

    News, Gwynne Dyer, Published on 16/01/2018

    » Poor US President Donald Trump. He was simply asking for information, and they're all over him as if he were a racist thug. His choice of words was unfortunate, but the angels rejoice when an ignorant person seeks enlightenment. We should take his question seriously and answer it for him.

  • OPINION

    Why social democrats have become irrelevant

    News, John Lloyd, Published on 20/11/2017

    » In almost every country in Europe, parties of the centre-left struggle to remain competitive in the political arena. Yet social democracy -- though it can claim success in creating and developing public services which have improved the lives and health of citizens -- can now rarely convince its former supporters that it's still worth their votes.

  • OPINION

    Guns a threat here too

    News, Editorial, Published on 04/10/2017

    » Another shocking mass murder has taken place in the US. A lone gunman fired hundreds of rifle rounds at the crowd at an outdoor country music concert in Las Vegas. He killed at least 59 people and wounded more than 550 before committing suicide. In the hotel room he used to launch the attack, 64-year-old killer Stephen Craig Paddock had 16 rifles. Police seized another 18 at his home.

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