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  • OPINION

    Old cars aren't the problem on city streets

    Veera Prateepchaikul, Published on 09/10/2013

    » There is an old southern Chinese saying which goes along these lines: "When one’s stomach is full, he or she has nothing to do and, therefore, starts looking for trouble."

  • OPINION

    A concrete jungle where cars remain king

    News, Ploenpote Atthakor, Published on 30/06/2018

    » Pedestrians who use Asok Montri Road in the Sukhumvit area will have to brace for more inconvenience, starting next week, with police set to close one major pedestrian crossing during morning rush hours they blame for congestion.

  • OPINION

    Innovation no fix for urban transport ills

    News, Leonid Bershidsky, Published on 03/07/2018

    » Urban transportation is undergoing a revolution. Offerings such as Uber and Lyft, as well as car- and bike-sharing services are widely believed to reduce congestion and generally make urban dwellers more mobile; driverless cars are expected to provide further benefits. Yet the notion that these innovations always make things better is far from a given: The new services are a net good only if they complement traditional public transportation systems rather than compete with them.

  • OPINION

    City public space drive just a token effort

    News, Sirinya Wattanasukchai, Published on 18/10/2018

    » Last week, the Bangkok Metropolitan Administration (BMA) boasted it made three million baht in three months from the fines it imposed on motorcyclists who drove on pavements.

  • OPINION

    True costs only Bangkokians know

    Guru, Pornchai Sereemongkonpol, Published on 28/09/2018

    » Have you noticed that somethings in life come with hidden costs -- monetary or otherwise -- that we may not be aware of until we experience it? And some of them are pretty unique to the Bangkok way of life. If you're not sure what I'm getting at, take a look at the examples below that may make you nod along (or hopefully laugh along). g

  • OPINION

    End military interrogation

    News, Editorial, Published on 27/09/2018

    » In a court ruling on Tuesday on what has been dubbed the "budu bomb" case, the legitimacy and transparency of the military's unusual role in the justice process has again been questioned.

  • OPINION

    Lack of unity in drug sweep

    News, Editorial, Published on 28/02/2018

    » The government has launched yet another series of anti-drugs sweep aimed at taming the North. They are part of the decades-old campaign to wipe out trafficking in illicit drugs. Authorities came up with reports to the public that had a very tired look and feel. A one-month "massive" suppression campaign resulted in the arrests of 63 suspects, the seizure of many kilogrammes of drugs and the unsurprising discovery of some 241 million baht of "assets" -- cash, gold, cars and motorcycles, up-scale homes, land and condominiums.

  • OPINION

    Dark enough for you?

    Asia focus, Erich Parpart, Published on 20/08/2018

    » 'Dark tourism" is an interesting concept that did not come to my attention until I watched a Netflix series recently. Few countries actively promote offbeat or slightly dangerous pursuits but it's a niche with potential, if managed carefully -- even if it's hard to explain to your insurer.

  • OPINION

    11 things to do while being stuck in the traffic

    Guru, Pornchai Sereemongkonpol, Published on 24/08/2018

    » PM Prayut Chan-o-cha recently tasked relevant agencies to ease traffic congestion in Bangkok and expects to see some improvement in three months. If any government can solve this perennial problem, I think it'll be his Cabinet since he can always invoke S44 magic. Think about it, people, he can order car owners to drive only on even or odd days, depending on their licence plate numbers.

  • OPINION

    A new Potemkin village in Moscow

    News, Published on 24/07/2018

    » If Karl Marx could see Russia today, he might revise his view of religion's role in oppressive regimes. In the country's capital, urbanism has become the new opium of the people.

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