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    Chiang Mai reds' strange concept of democracy

    Veera Prateepchaikul, Published on 17/05/2013

    » Chiang Mai’s red-shirts, known as Rak Chiang Mai 51, may not join their fellow reds at a rally planned by the United Front for Democracy against Dictatorship (UDD) at Ratchaprasong intersection on Sunday to mark the third anniversary of the May 19, 2010 dispersal of protesters by the military.

  • OPINION

    Applying sufficiency to macroeconomics, business

    News, Prasarn Trairatvorakul, Published on 02/06/2016

    » Throughout the history of mankind, numerous events and crises have prompted us to reflect and reevaluate on the way we live our lives, operate our businesses and develop our countries.

  • OPINION

    'Destiny' puts TV content at centre stage

    News, Srisamorn Phoosuphanusorn, Published on 22/03/2018

    » The massive viewership of period soap opera <i>Buppe San Nivas</i> (Love Destiny) offered a beacon to troubled TV operators, by showing consumers will not abandon their old TV screens as long as the content is good enough to keep them glued to the sofa.

  • OPINION

    Charges against academics harm nation

    News, Published on 29/08/2017

    » The heavy-handed treatment of authorities against a well-respected scholar and a group of participants of a conference in Chiang Mai will be a setback for the military regime, and the country.

  • OPINION

    Regime TV show must address the real issues

    News, Soonruth Bunyamanee, Published on 07/06/2017

    » In a bid to ensure the public is well-informed about the government's work and accomplishments over the past three years, Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha ordered a 12-episode special television series which kicked off on Sunday.

  • OPINION

    Liberalise lease laws

    News, Postbag, Published on 29/01/2016

    » An argument often heard in Thailand is that to extend leases or grant ownership rights to foreigners would betray sensitivity to the history of colonisation in Southeast Asia. But Thailand has not been subject to colonisation and is seldom seen to be overly sensitive to its neighbours' problems or transgressions, unless they directly impact the kingdom.

  • OPINION

    The road to 'true democracy'

    Published on 28/03/2015

    » Lt Gen Navin Damrigan, a constitution writer, shares his view on the Thailand the Constitution Drafting Committee has in mind once the new charter takes effect, and how the new highest law can bring about such transformation.

  • OPINION

    Robbing from the rich, but giving to whom?

    Life, Parisa Pichitmarn, Published on 26/09/2014

    » Life has meaning again, now that Downton Abbey has returned to our TV screens, its fifth season beginning last Sunday. Its otherworldly visuals continue to draw me in, with the upstairs goings-on of the aristocrats and the downstairs drama among the servants still as captivating as ever. I actually have to remind myself every time I watch an episode that people from another continent in this world of ours actually lived like this less than 100 years ago: that cooks had to dine separately from the rest of the servants in a stately home; that members of the upper class changed clothes as often as five times a day; that it was inconceivable that a proper lady or gentleman would have to perform actual work to earn a living.

  • OPINION

    Soft power and Trump's 'winning' trade policy

    News, Published on 28/03/2019

    » The latest US trade data put into stark figures the results of President Donald Trump's "winning" trade policy. Having talked up his tough line on competitors, stopping other countries "ripping off" the US and slashing America's trade deficit, he can now proudly boast … a deficit at its highest level in a decade.

  • OPINION

    What's wrong with China's national champions?

    News, Adam Minter, Published on 05/03/2019

    » A year ago, Didi Chuxing Inc, China's largest ride-sharing company, looked like a quintessential "national champion". It had driven Uber Technologies Inc from the local market, attracted investment from Apple Inc and was contemplating a Hong Kong IPO worth as much as US$80 billion (2.5 trillion baht). State media coverage was fawning, government support was all but assured and the company's near-monopoly looked unassailable.

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