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    No painting over 'sin city'

    News, Editorial, Published on 25/02/2017

    » The bold declaration by a sustainable tourism organisation to turn Pattaya from "sin city" into a family entertainment destination has been greeted with disbelief. Some people told the organisation to be more realistic while others simply dismissed its vision as an April's Fool joke that came early this year.


    PM must end intimidation

    News, Editorial, Published on 14/04/2018

    » The authorities' bullying of pro-democracy activists and students for their peaceful and constitutional gatherings has become both increasingly outrageous and ominously intimidating.


    Use law to fix tainted image

    News, Editorial, Published on 01/03/2018

    » The derogatory comment by Gambian minister Hamat Bah, who referred to Thailand as a sex tourism destination, really is a national embarrassment.


    Scrap rail link to Hua Hin

    News, Editorial, Published on 23/02/2017

    » The State Enterprise Policy Office seems to have made the right decision in delaying the nearly 95-billion-baht Bangkok-Hua Hin high-speed rail link.


    Flood action at long last

    News, Editorial, Published on 21/01/2017

    » The government's announcement that it will tackle the floods on a long-term basis is something we have been waiting a long time for.


    Forgers feel the heat

    News, Editorial, Published on 26/07/2016

    » Credit is due the Immigration Police Bureau (IPB) and its dynamic chief Nathathorn Prousoontorn for arresting one of the region's top forgery suspects. Abdullah Ghani Bhori, known as "Baboo" in certain quarters, is helping police investigate the dirty and dangerous business of fake travel documents, especially passports. After many years of paying lip service to this crime, it now appears authorities are taking it seriously. It is certainly time to remove the stain from Thailand being known as a "hub of passport forgers".


    Small step for LGBT

    News, Editorial, Published on 12/07/2016

    » The Department of Corrections deserves credit for finally addressing a long-time failure. The department has always avoided the very real issue of gender. Now it is finally seizing the moment. The department will clear out Min Buri Prison in northeastern Bangkok and will use it to house LGBT convicts.


    Home truths hidden in child sex abuse

    News, Editorial, Published on 15/05/2016

    » We all know the stereotype: white, male, middle-aged, prone to creeping around beach bars and strip clubs of Southeast Asia's tourist playgrounds, often seen in the company of those who are much younger. This is the sort of person who comes to mind whenever stories of foreign paedophiles or child sex tourism come around, and they are the sort targeted by NGOs who are determined to save the children.


    Cowardly attackdamages tourism

    News, Editorial, Published on 01/05/2016

    » Thailand's tourism reputation took a severe beating last week, but nothing as vicious as the one handed out to a holidaying British family.


    Sorry bridge to nowhere

    News, Editorial, Published on 08/02/2016

    » A task force of district officials, soldiers and police stormed a crime scene involving an international gang last week. Or so the authorities claimed. The raid on a gentle bridge tournament has made Thailand a laughing stock. Law enforcers could find no trace of gambling, which makes sense since bridge is not played for money. Then, 32 of these elderly foreign residents were arrested, marched into a police cell and, after a lengthy and exhaustive (for them) wait, charged with possessing playing cards without excise stamps.

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