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  • OPINION

    Shocking use of pesticides continues

    Life, Karnjana Karnjanatawe, Published on 22/07/2019

    » The Ministry of Health Labour and Welfare of Japan recently found pesticide residue in exported durian and other processed products. It issued a warning letter that if Thailand's durian is not safe for the consumer, all durian from the country will be quarantined.

  • OPINION

    River's already under siege

    News, Postbag, Published on 21/07/2019

    » Your July 20 editorial, "Dam disaster on the way", was correct in identifying dams as contributing to flow problems on the lower Mekong, but sadly understated the problem.

  • OPINION

    New govt must act on inequality

    News, Editorial, Published on 14/07/2019

    » As the 19 parties in the coalition under Gen Prayut Chan-o-cha fine-tune their policy package ahead of its declaration to parliament, they have come to agree that the priority should be addressing social disparities. This seems to be good news.

  • OPINION

    A load of malarkey

    News, Postbag, Published on 30/06/2019

    » The debate over suppressing freedom of expression by banning "fake news" is a fake or false argument in and of itself. All news is biased and a reflects the opinion of the presenter. Every commercial news outlet is financially controlled by advertising interests and the editorial focus is directed by executive concerns.

  • OPINION

    FFP needs to check its facts

    News, Published on 29/06/2019

    » Now the general election is over and the new government's term in office is about to start, the Pheu Thai Party-led opposition has spelt out its main agenda and the Future Forward Party (FFP), as one of its key partners, has vowed to lead a campaign outside parliament to rally people behind it on critical issues.

  • OPINION

    Why recent bus fare hike was necessary

    News, Published on 26/06/2019

    » Defending a bus fare hike which affects millions of low-income people risks earning you a frown. But allow me to explain why the bus fare increase in April was necessary and -- more importantly -- what else needs to be done to protect consumers with better bus quality, safety and services.

  • OPINION

    Same old politics, stuck on repeat

    News, Nauvarat Suksamran, Published on 20/06/2019

    » When thinking about vicious cycles in Thai politics, most -- if not all -- people think about military coups and political interventions by the men in green which have occurred twice since 2006. Fledgling attempts at reviving democracy are set back when the army stages another coup.

  • 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

    Myths and reality of Isan inequality

    News, Published on 12/06/2019

    » For decades, the ethnically and linguistically diverse people of Isan, Thailand, have been the subject of pervasive bias, often described as docile and uneducated, or as "unsophisticated peasants" who can be bought and manipulated by ambitious politicians.

  • OPINION

    Something fishy at ONCB

    News, Postbag, Published on 09/06/2019

    » Re: "ONCB warns of pot extract contamination", (BP, June 7). ONCB secretary-general Niyom Termsrisuk said high levels of pesticides and cadmium were found in nearly 18 tonnes of cannabis while about two tonnes were found contaminated with cadmium.

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