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    From the year of fury to the year of doom?

    News, Sawai Boonma, Published on 05/01/2012

    » With a 9.0 magnitude earthquake hitting Japan in March, causing vast destruction and leaving nearly 20,000 people killed or missing, 2011 should register as one of the years that the four elements _ earth, air, fire and water _ had unleashed its most destructive fury.

  • OPINION

    UK-Asean relations for the 21st century

    News, Published on 06/01/2012

    » Today the idea of a developed West and developing rest is all but irrelevant. Put simply, the world has changed and Britain must too, if we are to prevent our role and influence in international affairs from declining.

  • OPINION

    UK's patronising tone

    News, Published on 07/01/2012

    » I found the article ''UK-Asean relations for the 21st century'' (BP, Opinion, Jan 6) fascinating _ which is to say, very patronising. I am trying to understand the British foreign minister's statement that ''...we have a shared interest in maintaining security in a region which has some of the world's most important shipping routes... tackling common threats such as... nuclear proliferation, cyber-crime, and climate change''.

  • OPINION

    Actions last year ensure more perils in 2012

    News, Joseph Stiglitz, Published on 17/01/2012

    » Last year 2011 will be remembered as the time when many ever-optimistic Americans began to give up hope. President John F Kennedy once said that a rising tide lifts all boats. But now, in the receding ebb, Americans are beginning to see not only that those with taller masts had been lifted far higher, but also that many of the smaller boats had been dashed to pieces in their wake.

  • OPINION

    India's year of living stagnantly

    News, Jaswant Singh, Published on 29/01/2012

    » Will 2012 prove to be a year of renewal for India, or another annus horribilis? No country progresses unerringly, but India cannot afford another politically and economically torpid year like 2011. For India, last year is a year best forgotten.

  • OPINION

    Ties of necessity, not dependence

    News, Published on 31/01/2012

    » One after another, Western dignitaries are travelling to Myanmar. A standard interpretation of the change in attitude is that Myanmar is finally demonstrating the courage and means to break away from China. But was Myanmar in the Chinese "geopolitical grip" in the first place?

  • OPINION

    Baan Muang Editorial

    News, Published on 10/02/2012

    » Several experts in water management have warned that Bangkok and nearby provinces will be severely flooded again this year if no preventive measures are put in place before the rainy season arrives.

  • OPINION

    Dams and deafening

    Life, Anchalee Kongrut, Published on 17/02/2012

    » Once in a while, Yingluck Shinawatra does something that makes sense to me. Since becoming prime minister she has tended to turn a deaf ear to criticism and her below-par response to last year's deluge certainly didn't inspire much confidence in her leadership skills, but I recently found myself nodding in agreement with something she said. She declared that she is going to give the highest priority to reforestation and the digging of small ponds as flood-prevention measures.

  • OPINION

    World Bank risks losing relevance

    News, Published on 23/02/2012

    » Robert Zoellick will depart in June as president of the World Bank, once again raising the thorny issue of leadership of the Bretton Woods twins _ the bank and the International Monetary Fund. At their birth, John Maynard Keynes memorably warned that if these institutions did not get good leaders they would "fall into an eternal slumber, never to waken or be heard of again in the courts and markets of Mankind".

  • OPINION

    The challenge of leading Asean out of this haze

    News, Published on 08/03/2012

    » The recent escalation in the number of "hotspots" as detected from satellite imagery together with the presence of transboundary smoke haze plumes indicating burning activities on the ground in northern parts of Thailand and also covering neighbouring Myanmar and Laos have brought into sharp focus the Asean Agreement on Transboundary Haze Pollution.

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