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    Rallies are about seeking equality

    News, Editorial, Published on 09/12/2018

    » The "yellow vests" protest phenomenon which gripped France over the past few weeks may make some policymakers engaged in a fight against global warming think about a policy U-turn. It should not be so.

  • OPINION

    A tech deal that delivers

    News, Editorial, Published on 21/12/2015

    » The world's slowest negotiations have finally concluded with the signing of a deal to eliminate most trade tariffs on technology hardware. The World Trade Organisation (WTO) last week reached an agreement with 53 countries, and among the signatories is Thailand. The deal affects an estimated US$1.3 trillion in annual trade in a substantial variety of IT products. It will spur trade and development of technology in many areas, from home and office to futurist research laboratories.

  • OPINION

    Anti-IUU bid on right track

    News, Editorial, Published on 06/07/2018

    » In its efforts to combat illegal, unregulated and unreported (IUU) fishing, Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha's government has taken a number of measures.

  • OPINION

    Did China just blink?

    News, Editorial, Published on 21/08/2017

    » The annual mid-year Asean meetings discussed, but then once again set aside, the highly disputatious issue of the South China Sea. This was no surprise. The host of the meetings, the Philippines, has had its own problems settling on a policy towards the regional disputes. Since last year's election of colourful President Rodrigo Duterte, Manila has seemed rudderless on the issue. Despite efforts by several of the 27 countries that took part in the Asean meetings earlier this month, that lack of direction prevailed.

  • OPINION

    Fretting over fishy business

    News, Editorial, Published on 09/03/2018

    » The government's decision to import fresh fish from a radioactive-contaminated area in Japan's Fukushima prefecture has raised alarm among consumer groups. Such concerns bring no surprise.

  • OPINION

    Government must back sea talks

    News, Editorial, Published on 27/02/2017

    » The threat of clashes has increased lately over China's claim it owns the South China Sea. A US navy task force led by the formidable aircraft carrier USS Carl Vinson is conducting "routine operations" in the area. Both Vietnam and Taiwan have copied China's construction of artificial islands with military facilities. Beijing has continued to fortify its new islands, with buildings believed capable of housing missiles. They would be the first land-based weapons in the Spratly Islands where international flashpoints and tensions increase almost by the day.

  • OPINION

    Too brutal for Asean

    News, Editorial, Published on 04/01/2016

    » The shocking photos and video of last week's whippings in Indonesia's Aceh province have refocused attention on a serious problem within Asean. On the eve of the Asean community becoming an economic union, a woman and five men were caned in public in Banda Aceh. Four were whipped for gambling and a couple were caned for "indecency". Such barbarity has no place in a modernising and progressive Asean Community (AC), which was formed to bring prosperity.

  • OPINION

    Release move just one step

    News, Editorial, Published on 21/07/2015

    » The military regime has ordered the release from prison of former terrorist leader, Sama-ae Thanam. Other releases may follow. Now 63, Sama-ae has vowed to help reconciliation efforts and establish peace across the deep South. Once the leader of the military wing of the so-called Patani United Liberation Front (Pulo), he was captured in Malaysia in 1988, extradited and later jailed on terrorism charges in 1997. Authorities not only believe he is no longer a threat but could help peace efforts in the restive southern provinces.

  • OPINION

    Biodiversity gains await

    News, Editorial, Published on 10/07/2015

    » Thailand's rich biodiversity has been largely untapped. To blame is a consistent lack of policy support for research and development into Thai plants and herbs for their medicinal values. Such R&D could yield huge economic benefits for the country. 

  • OPINION

    Graft panel an oddity

    News, Editorial, Published on 16/09/2019

    » Last week, as the Senate rolled out an anti-corruption mission, its appointment of a panel to handle the task appeared to be somewhat of an anti-climax.

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