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  • OPINION

    Unabated madness

    News, Postbag, Published on 15/04/2016

    » Here in Pattaya, Songkran apparently started on Tuesday on Beach Road but unfortunately it has also started to infect the roads back from the sea. Foreigners are roaming the streets and dominating the bars firing high-powered water guns into the faces of motorcyclists.

  • OPINION

    Beijing's air still chokes

    News, Published on 09/03/2016

    » Embracing a groundswell of public outrage about toxic air ahead of annual legislative meetings last year in Beijing, China's President Xi Jinping threatened to punish polluters with an "iron hand".

  • OPINION

    Get your face masks out for 'coal tourism'

    News, Sirinya Wattanasukchai, Published on 31/08/2016

    » My trip to Songkhla in the south of Thailand earlier this week was not a typical sightseeing jaunt, but it was certainly worthwhile.

  • OPINION

    Update the computer law

    News, Editorial, Published on 18/04/2018

    » If events over the past two weeks do not convince the government to write an actual law covering computer fraud, maybe nothing will. The first unfortunate event was to threaten a Chiang Mai magazine editor with a computer crime charge over something that had nothing to do with computers (or crime, come to that). The second was the reluctant admission by the country's second mobile phone company of security misbehaviour, putting tens of thousands of customers at risk. That is not a crime.

  • OPINION

    How the Catalonia vote threatens the EU

    News, John Lloyd, Published on 06/11/2017

    » The struggles for and against independence in the Spanish province of Catalonia are emblematic of the European Union's present strength and its future weakness. They also display the weaknesses, present and future, of the two leaders of the contending parties: Mariano Rajoy, the Spanish prime minister and Carles Puigdemont, president of Catalonia.

  • OPINION

    In defence of Merkel and Germany

    News, Published on 07/04/2015

    » The recent cover of Der Spiegel showing German Chancellor Angela Merkel in front of the Acropolis surrounded by Nazi officers serves an important purpose: it finally poses, in a way that cannot be evaded, the question of Germanophobia in Europe.

  • OPINION

    The red tape is killing us, not the haze

    News, Sanitsuda Ekachai, Published on 08/04/2019

    » It took the South Korean government just one day to declare a national emergency before containing the huge wildfires that threatened to engulf the country's northeastern coastal area this week.

  • OPINION

    Thailand must take action for cleaner air in Asean

    News, Published on 05/04/2019

    » When complaints are made about the haze crisis and air pollution in Southeast Asia, most usually think about fires in Indonesia's provinces, which have been a recurrent problem for over two decades. However, the situation this year has been different as Thailand has been at the centre of concerns.

  • OPINION

    Cooperation vital to end haze crisis

    News, Editorial, Published on 31/03/2019

    » More than a decade after fine dust particles known as PM2.5 emerged as a health threat in Chiang Mai, the province has started to embrace a new approach that opens the doors to cooperation between state and civic sectors to tackle the problem.

  • OPINION

    Smoggy North: Not only capital suffers

    News, Anchalee Kongrut, Published on 30/03/2019

    » A friend of mine in Chiang Mai recently lamented the double standards regarding the way in which the government and society has responded to the haze problem in the North.

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