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  • OPINION

    Find a 'middle path'

    News, Postbag, Published on 17/07/2019

    » Re: "Don't worry, be happy", (PostBag, July 15).

  • OPINION

    Thai-US relations in the Indo-Pacific era

    News, Kavi Chongkittavorn, Published on 16/07/2019

    » When US State Secretary Michael Pompeo stops in Bangkok for a three-day visit at the end of this month, he will find good old ally Thailand is ready to tango. Their relations will no longer be, as in the past, based on reaction and counter-reaction to the cycle of coups. In the past five years, Thailand has survived Western-led sanctions. Now with a civilian government in place, the Kingdom's economic and political dynamism will no longer be curtailed by what was perceived as democratic backsliding and increased authoritarianism.

  • THAILAND

    Watana challenges NACC in Baan Ua-arthorn case

    Online Reporters, Published on 13/07/2019

    » Watana Muangsook, a Pheu Thai Party core member, has asked the court for politicians to investigate the National Anti-Corruption Commission (NACC) for allegedly tampering with witness statements in the Baan Ua-arthorn housing project scandal.

  • OPINION

    PM's moves a concern

    News, Postbag, Published on 10/07/2019

    » Re: "Prayut wields ever more power", (BP, July 8). Thais should be very concerned with the increasing consolidation of investigative agencies, such as the Public Sector Anti-Corruption Commission, under the Office of the Prime Minister, for power is addictive and can easily be misused for personal/partisan ends.

  • THAILAND

    PM issues final S44 order

    News, Published on 10/07/2019

    » The last order under the sweeping powers of Section 44 has been issued by Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha, lifting media bans and transferring all cases involving offences against his orders to civilian courts.

  • OPINION

    Army budget out of control

    News, Editorial, Published on 06/07/2019

    » With Gen Prayut Chan-o-cha's return to power as prime minister and him being tipped to also become the defence minister, the downsizing of the military and defence budget and repealing the military conscription rule -- which were electoral campaign pledges of key opposition parties -- are unlikely to take place.

  • OPINION

    The evolving Thai political fault lines

    News, Thitinan Pongsudhirak, Published on 05/07/2019

    » Over the past five years under military government, it is clear that Thailand's political polarisation has not been bridged. It has, in fact, expanded into new fault lines. Apart from the longstanding yellows versus reds revolving around supporters and critics of the established political order premised on military, monarchy and bureaucracy, we now have a clear demarcation between pro- and anti-junta and authoritarianism versus democratisation camps. Newer fault lines are generational and ideological in orientation. While some of these divisions are global in nature, bringing them in line towards a new consensus in Thailand will necessitate a kind of leadership and compromise without which the country will be unsettled for the long term.

  • THAILAND

    Sam Mitr swipes energy post

    News, Post Reporters, Published on 02/07/2019

    » The Palang Pracharath Party (PPRP) has bowed to the Sam Mitr faction's demand to be given the energy portfolio.

  • OPINION

    Admit errors, cure the ills

    News, Editorial, Published on 29/06/2019

    » Unlike China's communist dictatorship, which has delivered rapid and sustained high economic growth since 1979, Thailand's authoritarian rule over the past five years has presided over only slow growth in the economy.

  • OPINION

    Rising star Piyabutr will enrage FFP foes

    News, Wasant Techawongtham, Published on 29/06/2019

    » The first two-day meeting of the House of Representatives this week has probably set the tone for the remainder of the parliamentary session. Opposition debates look set to be hard-hitting, and rebuttals from the government aisle are expected to be equally fierce.

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