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  • OPINION

    Pareena catches break

    News, Postbag, Published on 26/01/2020

    » Local media reported last week that coalition MP Pareena Kraikupt will get off scot-free from charges of encroaching on protected land because she's returned the land to the Agricultural Land Reform Office (Alro) and Royal Forest Department, both of which are suddenly too busy to pursue charges against this influential lady.

  • OPINION

    Don't drop 'Billy' murder charges

    News, Editorial, Published on 26/01/2020

    » The decision of public prosecutors to spare former Kaeng Krachan National Park chief Chaiwat Limlikit-aksorn and his team from murder and other serious charges in the missing Karen activist case has caused a stir, and also poses serious questions regarding the standard of the country's justice system.

  • OPINION

    Haze crisis a symptom of state of failures

    News, Wasant Techawongtham, Published on 25/01/2020

    » The current air pollution crisis is just one of many symptoms of a system going haywire. The pollution crisis has been an annual occurrence for the past several years. Every dry season, we brace ourselves for the onslaught of toxic smog caused by exhaust fumes, construction dust, forest fires, and fires deliberately set on pre- or post-harvest fields.

  • OPINION

    How to steal a nation

    News, Postbag, Published on 25/01/2020

    » Re: "Government's competence in question", (Opinion, Jan 24).

  • OPINION

    Keep virus guard up

    News, Editorial, Published on 24/01/2020

    » As the Lunar New Year begins on Friday, there is a fear the spread of a novel coronavirus could accelerate as people shop, eat and travel, especially as there will likely be a larger number of tourists coming here for the holidays from China where the outbreak began.

  • OPINION

    Government's competence in question

    News, Thitinan Pongsudhirak, Published on 24/01/2020

    » It's just about official. Despite having a government, Thailand is rudderless. Approaching six years under more or less junta rule and military influence, irrespective of an election last year, this once up-and-coming country has degenerated into an authoritarian-bureaucratic state that is unsuited and unfit to address public grievances and demands of the 21st century. Yet Thailand's biggest problem is that this government, a motley coalition propped up by a crooked constitution and led by former junta chief Prayut Chan-o-cha, intends to stay for the long haul despite its growing incompetence. Unless the Thai people's world-famous patience and tolerance are boundless, political tensions will likely mount in the foreseeable future.

  • OPINION

    Subject(s) (That) Matter

    Guru, Pornchai Sereemongkonpol, Published on 24/01/2020

    » Two things that recently happened made me wonder about the definition of education in Thailand. First, a uni professor in Phitsanulok drafted a new course called "My Beloved Country" but the board rejected it, saying its purpose isn't in line with that of a general education course. The professor said his subject encourages students to "understand and appreciate their own values, as well as values of others, society, culture and nature". It sounds fine and dandy until you see his list of 18 guest lecturers consisting of controversial figures, some of whom are seen as aligning themselves with the government. So, if you disagree with them, would you be considered disloyal to Thailand or something? Second, Bangkok Governor Aswin Kwanmuang ordered all schools under BMA to have their students sing the royal anthem after they sing the national anthem before classes every morning to remind them of Thailand's three pillars -- nation, religion and monarchy -- which I humbly think the kids are reminded of plenty already.

  • OPINION

    Think more of earth

    News, Postbag, Published on 24/01/2020

    » Re: "SEC comes at cost to locals", (Editorial, Jan 23).

  • OPINION

    Chinese food will determine spread of pandemics

    News, David Fickling, Published on 24/01/2020

    » With the world's largest high-speed rail network, a payments system that's largely conducted via phone apps, and half the world's solar-power plants, China often looks like a country at the technological frontier. When you consider how it feeds itself, though, it's still just catching up.

  • OPINION

    Time for the rich to erase proof of climate neglect?

    News, Gwynne Dyer, Published on 24/01/2020

    » Donald Trump's speech to the World Economic Forum in Davos on Monday contained no surprises: half an hour of chest-thumping self-praise, although without the usual xenophobia and dog-whistle racism. It was, after all, an audience of the ultra-rich and powerful in which most of the movers and shakers were not American.

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