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  • OPINION

    Thailand's 'wicked' development trap

    News, Published on 19/09/2019

    » For almost five decades now, Thailand has been a victim of the middle-income trap. From the 1970s to the 2000s, the country was ranked by the World Bank as lower-middle-income, advancing to upper-middle status in 2011. Considering the ongoing political uncertainty and weak governance institutions, the prognosis is that Thailand will likely remain at this ranking for many years. This has become a "wicked problem" for the country's economic and social development.

  • OPINION

    Legal injustice

    News, Postbag, Published on 28/08/2019

    » Re: "South suspect dies in hospital", (BP, Aug 26). Sadly, Thai law under various governments has proven itself so corrupt that it consistently aids and abets great evil done with the blessing of the law and law enforcement officers.

  • OPINION

    Culture of apathy must be rooted out

    News, Wasant Techawongtham, Published on 24/08/2019

    » Earlier this week, a one-minute video clip widely shared on Facebook showed a woman in university student uniform standing at a bus stop blocking the path of two motorcycles while waving them off the pavement.

  • OPINION

    Military 'efficiency' will torpedo EEC

    News, Paritta Wangkiat, Published on 21/08/2019

    » Since being initiated by technocrats and the previous government in 2015, the government's flagship Eastern Economic Corridor (EEC) has been touted as a new special economic zone that will transform Thailand into a high-tech economy.

  • OPINION

    Not seeing the truth

    News, Postbag, Published on 08/08/2019

    » Re: "Thailand needs more 'wonder women''', (Opinion, Aug 7). If the concern is how women's dress codes in Thailand reflect their submissive or inferior role, how can Ms Pannika and Ms Pattamawan not see the more and more strict forms of hijab women in southern Thailand have to wear? How can they not see and protest against the state imposing the hijab on primary school girls in the country? A few weeks ago, this newspaper had an article about a recycling shoe workshop showing, without comments, a woman in a burka. A burka, in Thailand!

  • OPINION

    Don't fear Illuminati

    News, Postbag, Published on 07/08/2019

    » Re: "FFP 'Illuminati' charge based on unjustified fear", (Opinion, Aug 6).

  • OPINION

    FFP 'Illuminati' charge based on unjustified fear

    News, Atiya Achakulwisut, Published on 06/08/2019

    » At 87 years old, Thailand's constitutional monarchy is not among the world's oldest nor has it been the most robust. Still, it has beaten the odds and remained our system of governance.

  • OPINION

    TM30 tentacles

    News, Postbag, Published on 01/08/2019

    » Re: "TM30 a shot in the foot", (Editorial, July 31).

  • OPINION

    Army unwilling to yield to democracy

    News, Erich Parpart, Published on 31/07/2019

    » For the country like Thailand where the military staged two putsches within the past 13 years, a coup d'état should no longer be necessary.

  • OPINION

    Give parliamentary politics a chance

    News, Thitinan Pongsudhirak, Published on 26/07/2019

    » After a five-year hiatus, parliamentary politics returns this week with a constitutionally mandated policy statement by the coalition government of Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha. With government and opposition back at work again, in contrast to the previous military-appointed rubber-stamp legislature under junta rule, Thailand has yet another small window of opportunity to regain and rebuild popular rule.

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