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    China's Xi shaping up as Chairman Mao of 21st century

    News, Gwynne Dyer, Published on 28/02/2018

    » The Central Committee of the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) approved a proposal on Monday that the country's president no longer be limited to two five-year terms of office. The National People's Congress will rubber-stamp the change. And that will be the end of three decades of consensus-seeking collective leadership in the CCP. The god-king model is back.

  • OPINION

    Is jailing efficient?

    News, Postbag, Published on 15/10/2018

    » Re: "Death penalty taints the record", (Editorial, Oct 14). The debate on whether the death penalty for certain crimes continues unabated with both sides putting forward their reasons for keeping it or not. The editorial, obviously on the side of abolishing it, states "...life imprisonment, without a commuting term, is a more acceptable and efficient punishment choice for people committing heinous crimes". What it failed to state is to whom is it more acceptable and how is it more efficient.

  • OPINION

    On with the show

    News, Postbag, Published on 07/06/2016

    » Michel Barre in his June 6 letter ("Best foot forward") is largely right about using one's name or a pseudonym when signing a letter to PostBag.

  • OPINION

    Why America should be optimistic about Trump

    News, Published on 21/11/2016

    » I'm a Donald Trump optimist. Like the many who don't support him, I am alarmed that he won. But I don't believe he will be as bad as the worst fears. It's a very modest definition of optimism, but I think it's the best liberals can come up with.

  • OPINION

    Turkey is swiftly heading towards a regime of terror

    News, Gwynne Dyer, Published on 12/11/2016

    » 'In Turkey, we are progressively putting behind bars all people who take the liberty of voicing even the slightest criticism of the government," wrote author Orhan Pamuk, Turkey's first Nobel Prize winner. "Freedom of thought no longer exists. We are distancing ourselves at high speed from a state of law and heading towards a regime of terror" that is driven by "the most ferocious hatred".

  • OPINION

    Liberalisation voices grow

    News, Editorial, Published on 29/04/2019

    » The marijuana expo that took place last weekend in Buri Ram proves that there is a rising demand for liberalisation of cannabis in Thailand.

  • OPINION

    Vox regimen

    News, Postbag, Published on 14/05/2019

    » Re: "Majority disagree with EC endorsement of party MPs: Suan Dusit poll", (BP, May 12). A popular Latin maxim goes, "Vox populi, vox Dei," or "The voice of the people is the voice of God" and this is why countries hold elections.

  • OPINION

    Activists need protection

    News, Editorial, Published on 14/05/2019

    » Thailand's already battered human rights record has fallen another notch following reports of the mysterious disappearance of three activists accused of lese majeste while in exile in Vietnam.

  • OPINION

    Mourning Virachai

    News, Postbag, Published on 18/03/2019

    » Re: "Virachai's death loss to the nation", (Editorial, March 17).

  • OPINION

    Old habits in new cyber bill

    News, Editorial, Published on 02/03/2019

    » The military-appointed National Legislative Assembly (NLA) has done a disservice to the people by passing the cybersecurity bill on Thursday, despite concerns over its threats to personal and corporate data privacy.

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