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    Melodious and odious

    News, Postbag, Published on 21/02/2019

    » Re: "Army chief sings out hateful blast from gory past", (Opinion, Feb 19).

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    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.

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    AOIP: A new Asean regional guide

    News, Kavi Chongkittavorn, Published on 25/06/2019

    » At the retreat on Sunday, Asean leaders hailed the Asean Outlook on Indo-Pacific (AOIP), reiterating it is our own perspective and response to an unpredictable world and disruptive international environment. Echoing this sentiment, Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha told a press conference that the document is significant, as Asean now has a common approach on cooperation in the Indo-Pacific region that will reinforce the Asean-centred regional architecture. That was the most important highlight of the two-day 34th Asean Summit.

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    Admit Timor Leste to bloc now or never

    News, Kavi Chongkittavorn, Published on 21/05/2019

    » The Asean founding fathers' dream was to have all Southeast Asian countries under one roof. Timor Leste's (East Timor) dream was to join Asean as soon as possible. Both dreams have yet to be fulfilled. The reason is simple enough: Certain Asean members are not ready to have the world's youngest democracy stand among them.

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    Nixing votes isn't fair

    News, Postbag, Published on 15/03/2019

    » First was the Constitutional Court's dissolution of the Thai Raksa Chart Party. Now, the Electoral Commission is weighing in with a plan to disallow the votes of voters who had been unscrupulously "led" or "influenced" into voting for certain candidates.

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    Why RCEP requires greater effort

    News, Kavi Chongkittavorn, Published on 12/03/2019

    » After nearly six years and 26 rounds of bargaining, it is time for the negotiating team to stop playing games and move forward for the common good of the East Asian region. Judging from the latest round of top-level meetings and negotiations in Siem Reap, Cambodia, at the end of February, it is still difficult to conclude the Asean-led Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP) under Thai chairmanship, unless its leaders give their negotiators a big push. No more dilly-dallying.

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    Chemical menace

    News, Postbag, Published on 06/03/2019

    » We read in "Watch what you eat", (Life, March 5), that "eating different types of fruits and vegetables helps cut the risk of taking in too many chemicals".

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    Black smoke and ire

    News, Postbag, Published on 07/02/2019

    » Why is the BMA exempt from complying with pollution laws?

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    Elevating the TAC as a global code of conduct

    News, Kavi Chongkittavorn, Published on 29/01/2019

    » A reference of Asean's most well-known regional code of conduct, known as the Treaty of Amity and Cooperation in Southeast Asia (TAC), in the Chiang Mai retreat's statement, deserves recognition. It was intriguing, coming at this juncture, as to why it deserved a distinctive paragraph with 90 words. Indeed, the TAC has been the life and soul of Asean since its founding in 1967.

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    The paradoxes of Thai education

    News, Published on 16/01/2019

    » Professor Gerald W Fry of the University of Minnesota is an expert academic on the complexity of Thai education for the past seven decades. He is the editor of a new 744-page book, <i>Education in Thailand: An Old Elephant in Search of a New Mahout</i>, that is the equivalent of an encyclopedia of Thai education.

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