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  • 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

    Find a 'middle path'

    News, Postbag, Published on 17/07/2019

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

  • 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

    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

    Orwellian Thailand

    News, Postbag, Published on 20/06/2019

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

  • 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

    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

    Stuck in our own Orwellian nightmare

    News, Atiya Achakulwisut, Published on 04/06/2019

    » Go and read Animal Farm. Watch Inception too, as they may help us appreciate the multilayered paradoxes that are Thai politics today. After all the diversions, however, the reality remains that the 2017 constitution must be rewritten, or we will be forever stuck with "all votes are equal but some votes are more equal than others".

  • 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.

  • 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.

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