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    Stealing a march or two

    News, Editorial, Published on 25/01/2018

    » The military regime should tread carefully in dealing with groups conducting a civic march which began on Saturday from Thammasat Rangsit campus to their destination in Khon Kaen.


    EC must show share proof

    News, Editorial, Published on 25/04/2019

    » If you think the media share-holding allegation against Future Forward Party leader Thanathorn Juangroongruangkit has similarities with the share-concealment charge against Thaksin Shinawatra prior to him becoming premier, think again. They are not comparable.


    No sign of drug reform

    News, Editorial, Published on 16/01/2019

    » The Ministry of Defence has weighed in on drug trafficking but in the most familiar manner. Briefed by his boss, Deputy Prime Minister and Defence Minister Prawit Wongsuwon, ministry spokesman Kongcheep Tantravanich repeated an official litany that is no longer impressive. In short, drug seizures are up, drug arrests continue to increase. As a reporter for this newspaper wrote, this combination of factors "will pave the way for more arrests".


    THAI should put customers first

    Oped, Editorial, Published on 21/10/2018

    » The business mantra "Customer is king" cannot be applied to Thai Airways International, after the recent headline-making flight from Zurich to Bangkok.


    Lift ban and scrap meet

    News, Editorial, Published on 22/03/2018

    » This week, junta leader and Prime Minister Gen Prayut Chan-o-cha appeared to present himself as a more generous man. After having forbidden parties from holding political activities for almost four years, he has invited them to gather at a June meeting which will be planned, facilitated and possibly dominated by him. The move is, however, ill-advised and lacks substance. It will not be useful for anyone but it demonstrates the regime's desire to further exert control over post-election politics.


    Somyot in very hot water

    Oped, Editorial, Published on 09/02/2018

    » Based on his media interviews, ex-national police chief Somyot Poompunmuang’s explanation about a 300-million-baht loan he claimed he received from the owner of Victoria’s Secret Massage parlour seems pretty shameless. And unfortunately, it has done little to provide legitimate reasons over why he decided to accept the money and form a close friendship with someone who runs such a shady business. Pol Gen Somyot said he started borrowing money from Kampol Wirathepsuporn, the fugitive owner recently accused of human trafficking and other illicit activities, in October 2014. As the then, newly appointed national top cop, Pol Gen Somyot should have distanced himself from such an ethically dubious loan.


    Ill-considered appointments

    News, Editorial, Published on 07/11/2017

    » The fast-breaking story of how two former policemen got into positions to affect their own corruption investigations must be reversed. If the senior controllers of the junta's National Legislative Assembly (NLA) are unable to see the problem with these appointments, then those above them must act. There are many questions about how this scandal even was allowed to develop. The urgent obligation, however, is to cancel the appointments of the two men to a scrutiny committee or accept their belated resignation.


    Suu Kyi steps toward peace

    News, Editorial, Published on 28/10/2017

    » Myanmar State Counsellor Aung San Suu Kyi has taken a small, yet crucial step in restoring peace in troubled Rakhine state, that deserves recognition and praise.


    Time for a U-turn on Mahakan Fort

    News, Editorial, Published on 09/07/2017

    » After months of negotiations, the tripartite committee on resolving the Mahakan Fort land conflict has decided to save 18 of the remaining 30 houses at the Bangkok site from demolition. With such a decision, another 11 houses that are regarded by city officials as having no architectural value will soon be pulled down. The decision, which is based on the result of an evaluation process that appraised the value of the community in five areas, including historical and social value, was denounced by academics and experts who sat on the committee.


    Going too far with S44

    News, Editorial, Published on 22/06/2017

    » Finally, the Prayut Chan-o-cha government has decided to resort to the powerful Section 44 of the interim charter to settle the issue of Sor Por Kor land being used for business activities beyond agriculture, including petroleum, renewable energy and mining.

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