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  • OPINION

    Liberalise lease laws

    News, Postbag, Published on 29/01/2016

    » An argument often heard in Thailand is that to extend leases or grant ownership rights to foreigners would betray sensitivity to the history of colonisation in Southeast Asia. But Thailand has not been subject to colonisation and is seldom seen to be overly sensitive to its neighbours' problems or transgressions, unless they directly impact the kingdom.

  • OPINION

    Climate denial

    News, Postbag, Published on 25/11/2015

    » Re: “Govt must act fast to stem scourge of climate change”, (Opinion, Nov 20).

  • OPINION

    Prevention is better

    News, Postbag, Published on 06/01/2016

    » UN statistics reveal that 79% of the 12,000 plus homicides taking place on average every year in Thailand are carried out with guns. Add to this more than 20,000 road fatalities per year and 545 killed annually due to the conflict in the deep South seems a mere drop in the blood bucket. But much of this needless horror is preventable. A close look at developed nations proves this. Progress in Thailand can be measured in these simple numbers. How many are dying needlessly every day due to preventable causes like dengue fever, diabetes, heart disease, pneumonia, drunk driving, speeding, failure to wear a helmet, illegal weapons, bombs, drug overdoses, and so many more? One might hope the government would try an ounce of prevention when faced with these staggering statistics if it’s goal truly is to restore happiness for the people.

  • OPINION

    Lessons for Thailand

    News, Postbag, Published on 15/12/2015

    » Re “Euphoria greets climate deal”, (BP, Dec 14).

  • OPINION

    Great opportunity

    News, Postbag, Published on 21/12/2015

    » Re: “Oil slides under $35 as glut worsens” (BP, Dec 19).

  • OPINION

    Questionable law

    News, Postbag, Published on 12/11/2015

    » Well done to Sanitsuda Ekachai (Opinion, Nov 11) for boldly asking questions about the suspicious detention deaths of two people accused of lese majeste. Defending the good name of our monarchy is of paramount "national" importance here, but every opaque and questionable use of this law has a negative impact on the institution it is trying to defend.

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