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    Political 'cobras' are poisoning our democracy

    News, Paritta Wangkiat, Published on 01/04/2019

    » People who are familiar with Thai politics must know the metaphor ngu hao, literally cobra, which implies betrayal, dirty political games and bargaining.

  • OPINION

    Putting hearts and minds in Thai-US ties

    News, Kavi Chongkittavorn, Published on 24/07/2018

    » The international rescue of 12 boys and their football coach in Chiang Rai earlier this month quickly permeated into the conference room of the Thai-US dialogue in Washington DC last week. The feel-good atmosphere jump-started the much-needed dialogue between the region's oldest allies.

  • OPINION

    The three gutsy peers

    News, Alan Dawson, Published on 16/09/2018

    » The six-month Bangkok Shutdown campaign may have given off an aura of fun and games with a positive outcome for the green shirts and a negative one for the reds.

  • OPINION

    A mad, mad week

    News, Alan Dawson, Published on 20/05/2018

    » Week Three of the 2019-2020 election campaign was Crazy Week. There always is at least one.

  • OPINION

    An Ithaca idyll with Surin Pitsuwan

    News, Philip J Cunningham, Published on 04/12/2017

    » During Surin Pitsuwan's visit to Ithaca, New York, this past September, a barbecue party was arranged by long-time family friends who live on the edge of town where the still lush and green rural surroundings could at a glance be mistaken for rural Thailand. Chickens cackled in a nearby coop and birdsong was everywhere in the air.

  • OPINION

    Perils of police reform

    News, Postbag, Published on 08/07/2017

    » I'm glad that PM Prayut Chan-o-cha is reforming the police at long last, but he shouldn't reinvent the wheel. In 2006, then-prime minister Gen Surayud Chulanont, former army chief and member of our beloved King Rama IX's Privy Council, appointed retired Pol Gen Vasit Dejkunjorn, former chief of police, to head a distinguished commission for this very purpose.

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    Rules of the game

    News, Postbag, Published on 10/08/2016

    » If someone illegally takes control of a ship its called piracy and it's a very serious offence. When people interfere with the planned flight of an aircraft it's known as hijacking and carries a severe punishment. One would think an even greater offence would be the illegal ousting of an elected government by an armed group, commonly known as a coup d'etat which in some countries would carry the most extreme penalty.

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