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  • OPINION

    Is China's Arctic expansion plan a reason to worry?

    News, Adam Minter, Published on 01/02/2018

    » Last week, China said it plans to build a "Polar Silk Road" that will open shipping lanes across the largely pristine region at the top of the world. It's an ambitious idea for a country that lacks an Arctic border, and it has raised concerns around the world about China's ultimate intentions and its capacity for environmental stewardship. Although these are reasonable worries, they're almost certainly overblown.

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    The driving force behind the modern Christian revival

    News, John Lloyd, Published on 24/12/2018

    » Christmas is invariably the time for a grouch that neither Christ nor mas(s) feature much in a festival meant to rededicate Christian believers to the worship of the son of God. Materialism, especially for children, swamps, on this view, any reflection on the meaning of a Christian -- or religious -- life.

  • OPINION

    When values plummet

    News, Postbag, Published on 02/03/2018

    » The raison d'etre for the coup four years ago was to root out corruption. I think only the most gullible fell for that ploy to wrest power from a democratically elected government. I suppose that the wealthy and well-connected were getting nervous to see their position and privileges being whittled away and threatened by a government supported by "red buffaloes" from the North, and getting afraid of no longer being first in the queue to receive the fruits of corruption.

  • OPINION

    Precious lessons for protecting our nature

    Life, Pichaya Svasti, Published on 13/06/2016

    » Last week, there was good and bad news about the environment. I learnt a lot about environmental protection measures during my June 6-7 visit to Japan's Yakushima Island, of which 20% of the total area is registered as a World Natural Heritage Site by Unesco. Later on June 9, I was happy to hear that various groups of people planted trees on some parts of deforested land in Nan and many other Thais planted trees elsewhere and also at home.

  • OPINION

    It need not be the end of the road

    News, Anchalee Kongrut, Published on 27/06/2016

    » Route 3077, a small lane that cuts through the heart of Khao Yai National Park, a Unesco World Heritage site, is one of my favourite drives. Several times my family brought me to this national park when I was very young.

  • OPINION

    Fight over disputed islands has just begun

    News, Josh Rogin, Published on 29/10/2015

    » After months of internal debate, the White House permitted the Defence Department to sail one ship near a reef in the South China Sea that China claims. The Chinese reaction shows Beijing has no intention of backing down. Now the Obama administration is debating what to do next.

  • OPINION

    China needs to eliminate its market contradictions

    News, Michael Schuman, Published on 11/01/2016

    » Another tumultuous week for China's stock markets has dealt yet another blow to global confidence in Beijing's policy makers. Each tripped circuit-breaker and policy reversal has underscored the inherent contradiction China faces -- between the leadership's desire for the certainty of state control and the benefits of free markets.

  • OPINION

    Ageing Singapore tries to avoid the Japan trap

    News, Andy Mukherjee, Published on 20/02/2019

    » Japan has aged; Singapore is ageing. Japan's workforce is shrinking; Singapore's has plateaued. Japan's homogeneous society has struggled with immigration; Singapore's island culture has been welcoming of foreigners, though increasingly less so.

  • OPINION

    Govt must act now

    News, Postbag, Published on 02/02/2019

    » It has been well known for many years that Thailand has a pollution problem. The country is one of the highest users of poisonous agricultural chemicals. Poorly regulated mining, industrial and energy sectors pollute the groundwater, air and soil with impunity. There is virtually no regulation of vehicle emissions, while the marine and rail sectors are off the rails when it comes to pollution. This has been going on for as long as anyone can remember.

  • OPINION

    How our car culture has deadly results

    News, Paritta Wangkiat, Published on 21/01/2019

    » The thick haze covering Bangkok and adjacent areas strikes a call for the Thai automobile industry to embrace clean technology -- but it also calls for a major change in our car-loving culture.

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