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  • OPINION

    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.

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    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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    Reckless development sows seeds of disaster

    News, Paritta Wangkiat, Published on 09/08/2018

    » As monsoon rains have struck the Mekong region recently, some countries have been hit hard by flooding. These disasters reflect the fact that the region's development projects have not fully recognised climate change impacts and so lack plans to deal with them.

  • 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

    Don't rule out war over Taiwan

    Asia focus, Erich Parpart, Published on 14/01/2019

    » Last week was a busy one for China. Headlines took note of fresh harassment of Taiwan, reports of possibly illegal gold mining by Chinese firms in Ghana, and of separatists threatening to attack Belt and Road projects in Pakistan and Malaysia.

  • OPINION

    With city's public spaces, don't ignore the public

    News, Sirinya Wattanasukchai, Published on 12/01/2019

    » Taking a stroll around a few neighbourhoods during the holidays, I couldn't help but wonder why Bangkok, a bustling metropolis, has so little public space for people to use.

  • OPINION

    Watch out for Asean's new Indo-Pacific

    News, Kavi Chongkittavorn, Published on 04/12/2018

    » If everything goes as planned, members of the United Nations Security Council will have a rendezvous in Bangkok at the end of 2019. Asean leaders will use the occasion to display to the world's most powerful players their collective leadership on the new vision of an Asia-wide region stretching from South Asia to Northeast Asia. Even though it is still nearly a year away, preparations for the first meeting between Asean leaders and the Big 5 (the council's five permanent members) have already started in earnest.

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