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  • OPINION

    When education fails to spur growth

    News, Published on 03/06/2015

    » In an era characterised by political polarisation and policy paralysis, we should celebrate broad agreement on economic strategy wherever we find it. One such area of agreement is the idea that the key to inclusive growth is, as former UK prime minister Tony Blair put in his 2001 re-election campaign, "education, education, education". If we broaden access to schools and improve their quality, economic growth will be both substantial and equitable.

  • OPINION

    India, China key to ending region's haze

    News, Adam Minter, Published on 19/10/2015

    » The thick haze that's blanketed much of Southeast Asia for the last month carries the ashy remains of Indonesian forests and peatlands -- burnt in many cases to clear land for producing palm oil, the world's most popular edible oil.

  • OPINION

    China and its repression of the Uighurs

    News, Gwynne Dyer, Published on 23/08/2018

    » Two weeks ago, Prof Gay McDougall, co-chair of the UN Committee on the Elimination of Racial Discrimination, alleged that up to a million people belonging to the Uighur and other Muslim minority groups in China's northwestern province of Xinjiang have been detained in concentration camps to be "re-educated" about religion.

  • OPINION

    Thai Education 4.0

    Guru, Pornchai Sereemongkonpol, Published on 23/09/2016

    » Pictures of Thai university students dressing up as Adolf Hitler and China's Red Guards were circulated online earlier this week. Apparently, they mimicked these historical figures lightheartedly while doing a Nazi salute during their faculty's activity.

  • OPINION

    Complex education

    News, Postbag, Published on 01/06/2018

    » Re: "Students struggle to get seats", (BP, May 31).

  • OPINION

    Future bleak for Thai R&D

    News, Editorial, Published on 21/10/2019

    » On Saturday, the House of Representatives passed the first reading of the 3.2-trillion-baht budget bill for next year. However, several contentious issues raised during the debate need to be addressed by the vetting committee, particularly on education spending.

  • OPINION

    Is Beijing's new fighter jet the real deal or all show?

    News, Tobin Harshaw, Published on 04/11/2016

    » There was a brief but impressive show of new US aircraft technology this week. The problem is that the planes belong to the Chinese military.

  • OPINION

    Time for a Seoul-Tokyo peace pact

    Asia focus, Erich Parpart, Published on 12/08/2019

    » I love kimchi and I love ramen. I love the bushido way of life and Japanese humility, and I love South Koreans' resilience and devotion to education that helped them lift their country from poverty after World War II to become an Asian economic powerhouse. And in my opinion, both South Koreans and Japanese are among the nicest people in the world.

  • OPINION

    Revamp the military

    News, Postbag, Published on 23/02/2019

    » Let's briefly consider local geopolitics and the Thai military. Thailand needs China like it needs another coup. However, China needs Thailand for a variety of reasons. The US has had a longstanding favourable relationship with Thailand and is its most powerful ally.

  • OPINION

    Health, not wealth

    News, Postbag, Published on 06/07/2017

    » I laud the administration's determination to implement Thailand 4.0 and bring our wonderful Bangkok up to par with other world capitals.

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