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  • 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

    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

    Mayor's reaction doubles his disgrace

    News, Editorial, Published on 31/07/2016

    » Ban Phai district municipality mayor Premsak Piayura should have explained what was happening in the photograph that led to questions over his suitability to hold public office, if the circumstances are as innocent as he says. Instead, his harassment of the reporters giving him a chance to explain himself has only deepened doubts about whether he is fit to hold his job.

  • OPINION

    Biodiversity gains await

    News, Editorial, Published on 10/07/2015

    » Thailand's rich biodiversity has been largely untapped. To blame is a consistent lack of policy support for research and development into Thai plants and herbs for their medicinal values. Such R&D could yield huge economic benefits for the country. 

  • OPINION

    Release move just one step

    News, Editorial, Published on 21/07/2015

    » The military regime has ordered the release from prison of former terrorist leader, Sama-ae Thanam. Other releases may follow. Now 63, Sama-ae has vowed to help reconciliation efforts and establish peace across the deep South. Once the leader of the military wing of the so-called Patani United Liberation Front (Pulo), he was captured in Malaysia in 1988, extradited and later jailed on terrorism charges in 1997. Authorities not only believe he is no longer a threat but could help peace efforts in the restive southern provinces.

  • 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

    Please, please mind the gap

    News, Editorial, Published on 07/05/2019

    » In a bid to strengthen the economy, the regime led by Gen Prayut Chan-o-cha issued a 21.9-billion-baht economic stimulus package late last month that contains measures covering various sectors.

  • OPINION

    Rail crossings remain unsafe

    News, Editorial, Published on 14/04/2019

    » A crash involving a passenger van and a train in Lop Buri last week proves that a "couldn't care less" attitude remains a major cause of accidents.

  • OPINION

    Study tax haven benefits

    News, Editorial, Published on 01/04/2019

    » The March 24 election saw all political parties, with the hope of winning the hearts and minds of voters, making ambitious promises to turn Thailand into a welfare state. Some pledges were seen as plain populism, including cash handouts for having babies, an increase in the minimum wages for workers, debt suspension for farmers, as well as boosting allowances for old people.

  • OPINION

    Cooperation vital to end haze crisis

    News, Editorial, Published on 31/03/2019

    » More than a decade after fine dust particles known as PM2.5 emerged as a health threat in Chiang Mai, the province has started to embrace a new approach that opens the doors to cooperation between state and civic sectors to tackle the problem.

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