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  • OPINION

    Instability threatens economic growth

    News, Wichit Chantanusornsiri, Published on 27/04/2019

    » Without decisive winners from the March 24 poll, there are fears that political instability will affect the country's economy. Such concerns are understandable given that three parties, namely the pro-military Palang Pracharath Party, and Pheu Thai Party and Future Forward Party (which brand themselves as the anti-regime camp), are engaging in a post-election tug of war.

  • OPINION

    City commuters stuck in spider's web of delays

    News, Sirinya Wattanasukchai, Published on 05/04/2019

    » How many cards must a Bangkokian carry with them just so they can make their way through the ever-so busy and bustling capital? No, I'm not talking about credit, debit, or loyalty reward cards. I'm talking about the cards that a commuter must carry just so that can move from Point A to B.

  • OPINION

    Politics is sport for Newin

    News, Published on 08/09/2018

    » Newin Chidchob, a veteran politician who has turned his focus to football and motorsport in the northeastern province of Buri Ram, has made headlines again as the regime is expected to ease its ban on political activities some time this month.

  • 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

    The world knows where you've been

    Life, James Hein, Published on 16/01/2019

    » A reminder for those operating in the digital world. This includes the internet, your phone, social media and basically anything in the public sphere. You can all but guarantee that everything you post online is eventually available to everyone. It doesn't matter what promises your provider might offer -- and maybe they're even being as honest as they can be -- eventually your data will turn up on a public server somewhere. The golden rule is simple: if you don't want everyone to see something, then don't post it anywhere on public networks.

  • OPINION

    Belt and Road: Just a vast mess?

    News, David Fickling, Published on 10/01/2019

    » Is China's Belt and Road Initiative a bold infrastructure vision, or a slush fund? The question is becoming more pressing.

  • OPINION

    Christmas gifts and economic logic

    News, Megan McArdle, Published on 26/12/2016

    » Spend much time with economists around this time of year, and you will, eventually, get around to hearing about the dreadful inefficiency of exchanging gifts. You desperately wrack your brains for something, and then buy a supply of scented bath oil for someone who has only got a shower; they return the favour by giving you three books you already had. This is, an economist will solemnly point out, an extreme waste of resources, because each of you would have been happier taking the same amount of cash to buy something for yourself.

  • OPINION

    The cashless society is just another creepy fantasy

    News, Elaine Ou, Published on 21/10/2016

    » It's fun to imagine a world without cash.

  • OPINION

    Inequality exposed

    News, Editorial, Published on 10/12/2018

    » The economy expert Banyong Pongpanich was studying recent statistics last week when he made an interesting discovery. Based on figures reported in the latest annual Global Wealth Databook by Credit Suisse (CS), the inequality gap in Thailand has become the worst in the world. The figure represents national assets held and controlled by a nation's richest 1%, compared with the other 99%. In Thailand, that 1% is about 500,000, compared with the 50 million Thais of working ages.

  • OPINION

    Makes no sense at all

    News, Postbag, Published on 22/04/2016

    » In order to "increase customer satisfaction", a Thai bank, which previously issued debit cards allowing people to withdraw cash at the ATMs of many other banks, has now issued a newer version which only allows withdrawals from the issuing bank.

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