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    Hun Sen's actions forcing EU's hand

    News, Published on 29/01/2020

    » As the European Commission is in the final month of a 12-month review of its trade preferences for Cambodia under its Everything But Arms (EBA) programme, Cambodian Prime Minister Hun Sen has thrown down the gauntlet to the EU by putting Kem Sokha, the opposition Cambodia National Rescue Party's (CNRP) current president, on trial for treason.


    Coronavirus response reveals China's fatal weakness

    News, Gwynne Dyer, Published on 28/01/2020

    » In an emergency, the good thing about a dictatorship is that it can respond very fast. The bad thing is that it won't respond at all until the dictator-in-chief says that it should. All the little dictators who flourish in this sort of system won't risk their positions by passing bad news up the line until the risk of being blamed for delay outweighs the risk of being blamed for the emergency in the first place.


    Is digging Kra Canal still a pipe dream?

    News, Kavi Chongkittavorn, Published on 28/01/2020

    » Whenever the Kra Canal emerges as a news headline, two standard reactions occur. First of all, there is a very strong but familiar exclamation of "again" or aw-eik-leu and a revitalised sense of disbelief that the time has actually come once more for another debate about the great isthmus.


    Anti-graft mission failing

    News, Editorial, Published on 28/01/2020

    » Thailand's slide down the Corruption Perception Index ranking from 99 to 101, while a disappointment, comes as no surprise.


    How a silly mistake put national economy in limbo

    News, Veera Prateepchaikul, Published on 27/01/2020

    » What appears to be an act of stupidity or carelessness of a government lawmaker -- who left his electronic voting card in the card reading device at the House as he left for home in Phatthalung province in the middle of the debate on the budget bill during Jan 10-11 to attend a funeral and chair a Children's Day event, and an unknown colleague used his card to vote in favour of the bill -- has now developed into a serious transgression that threatens to render the bill, which was passed by both the House and the Senate, null and void.


    Land plot sagas persist

    News, Editorial, Published on 27/01/2020

    » A recent controversy over whether five plots of land owned by Deputy Education Minister Kanokwan Vilawan and her father encroach on Khao Yai National Park is just the tip of the iceberg. It reflects the need for drastic reform and greater transparency at the Department of Lands.


    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.


    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.


    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.


    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.

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