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  • OPINION

    Liberalisation voices grow

    News, Editorial, Published on 29/04/2019

    » The marijuana expo that took place last weekend in Buri Ram proves that there is a rising demand for liberalisation of cannabis in Thailand.

  • 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

    Liu's legacy will live on

    News, Editorial, Published on 15/07/2017

    » Even though the totalitarian rulers of China might have succeeded in preventing Chinese Nobel Peace Prize laureate Liu Xiaobo from living longer, they will find it hard to prevent people in China and elsewhere from keeping the legacy of the human rights and democracy advocate alive.

  • OPINION

    Toxic inaction on farm chemicals

    News, Editorial, Published on 16/06/2019

    » In staunch defiance against growing calls for a ban on extremely hazardous farm chemicals, including paraquat, the Department of Agriculture has started registering farmers who still want to use the chemicals on their plantations.

  • OPINION

    Has drug reform gone to pot?

    News, Editorial, Published on 07/04/2019

    » Legal action against a prominent rice expert and biodiversity advocate for possessing marijuana plants and extracts raises questions as to whether the country is serious about drug reform. Or is it just hypocrisy?

  • OPINION

    City smog is a real crisis

    News, Editorial, Published on 17/01/2019

    » The hazardous smog that has blanketed Bangkok and other cities in the past week should have prompted the government and state agencies to respond with effective crisis-management and integrated long-term plans to tackle the root causes of the problem.

  • OPINION

    Mass transit key to cleaner air

    News, Editorial, Published on 23/12/2018

    » It's time to panic. For two consecutive years, Bangkok residents have had to cope with a serious air pollution problem, ultra-fine dust known widely known as PM2.5.

  • OPINION

    Chemical ban a must-do

    News, Editorial, Published on 13/08/2018

    » Two court cases last week in California are set to affect and perhaps change the future of Thai farming. The legal decisions are stark. Courts and a jury ruled that two of the most popular chemical products used in Thai agriculture pose huge risks to humans even in tiny quantities. One causes irreparable damage in babies' brains. The other is carcinogenic. It is exactly what Thai campaigners have been saying in an effort to eliminate the two products.

  • OPINION

    Tiny step in drug reform

    News, Editorial, Published on 23/05/2018

    » The government's approval of a minor regulation change in the anti-drugs law is a step in the right direction. Both the cabinet and the prime minister's Office of Narcotics Control Board announced last week they support the change, which will allow human testing of medical marijuana. Testing of possible positive use of cannabis has been under way for some time, but results are theoretical, based only on laboratory tests including on animals.

  • OPINION

    Take shark fin off the menu for good

    News, Editorial, Published on 18/02/2018

    » Thailand once again is under the international spotlight. A global report has pinpointed Thailand as a country with high consumption of shark fin, which is popular in Chinese food and traditional medicine but which raise conservation concerns.

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