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  • OPINION

    The glue doesn't stick

    News, Postbag, Published on 16/06/2019

    » The excuse that the "skewed scales must have been due to poor glueing during its making" offered by the director of the Chumpholphonphisai School in explanation for the controversial Wai Kru flower arrangements as reported in the Bangkok Post's June 15 edition, is priceless.

  • OPINION

    Orwellian Thailand

    News, Postbag, Published on 20/06/2019

    » Re: "Climate of fear must end", (Editorial, June 19).

  • OPINION

    Same old politics, stuck on repeat

    News, Nauvarat Suksamran, Published on 20/06/2019

    » When thinking about vicious cycles in Thai politics, most -- if not all -- people think about military coups and political interventions by the men in green which have occurred twice since 2006. Fledgling attempts at reviving democracy are set back when the army stages another coup.

  • OPINION

    Fed up with politics

    News, Postbag, Published on 21/06/2019

    » Re: "Same old politics stuck on repeat", (Commentary, June 20).

  • OPINION

    What chance of draining this swamp?

    B Magazine, Andrew Biggs, Published on 23/06/2019

    » My commiserations to that poor woman who fell into the sewer on her way to work last Tuesday.

  • OPINION

    Open your eyes

    News, Postbag, Published on 27/06/2019

    » Re: "FFP must clarify", (PostBag, June 25). Does Vint Chavala seriously believe, or believe that anyone else believes, that Thailand needs the amazing excess of army generals living high off the nation? For what, exactly? The most conspicuous achievement of that extraordinary number of army generals has for many decades been to protect the existence of generals busily plotting political careers allied to unusual wealth, which many suspect to be the primary reason Thailand has been so afflicted by military coups against its form of democratic government with a constitutional monarchy.

  • OPINION

    Thailand's tale told via 'The Nation'

    News, Thitinan Pongsudhirak, Published on 28/06/2019

    » Nearly five decades ago, The Nation newspaper started out as a pro-democracy, anti-military news organisation. It was fiercely independent and invariably hard-hitting vis-à-vis the powers-that-be. An English-language newspaper owned by Thais from the outset, it prided itself for having neither fear nor favour. Its lamentable expiry as a print newspaper today -- an online version will continue -- provides multiple parallels for Thailand's contemporary political history, ongoing polarisation and the changing nature of the business of journalism worldwide.

  • 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.

  • 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.

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