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    Power is the regime's drug

    News, Editorial, Published on 15/05/2019

    » If power is as addictive as a drug, the military regime must have been overdosed with its latest appointment of its trusted friends and family members who will run the Senate for the next five years and have a say in the selection of at least two prime ministers.


    Updating the war on drugs

    News, Editorial, Published on 22/11/2016

    » Governments and security agencies worldwide are always trying to catch up with society. Nothing illustrates this like the global rethink on the four-decade war on drugs. Justice Minister Paiboon Koomchaya continues to look for a policy that somehow acknowledges both a common disgust with the "war", and the fact that the public is becoming better educated and more tolerant of its actual dangers.


    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.


    Senate picks turn farcical

    News, Editorial, Published on 15/06/2019

    » The nepotism and cronyism involved in the appointment of 250 senators have already eroded the public's trust in the neutrality of the Upper House. But the latest revelation that six of the 10 all-male senator selection committee ended up being senators themselves makes a mockery of the entire process.


    This is not democracy

    News, Editorial, Published on 07/06/2019

    » Senators' show of force at a joint parliamentary vote for a new prime minister on Wednesday night suggests this is just the beginning of the nightmare for those who fear Upper House members will end up acting as the loyal representatives of the military regime.


    Criminalise state torture

    News, Editorial, Published on 17/04/2019

    » As long as Thailand does not criminalise enforced disappearances and torture committed by state officials, anyone could become a victim of state actors' extrajudicial acts without getting justice -- such as in the case of Karen human rights activist Porlajee "Billy" Rakchongcharoen.


    Speak out on barbarism

    News, Editorial, Published on 02/04/2019

    » While the world is fixated on Brunei's plan to fully implement Islamic Sharia law, which will see draconian punishments such as stoning to death for offences such as adultery and sodomy, as well as amputation for theft, the Association of Southeast Nation (Asean) has remained silent on the matter. How disappointing.


    Come clean on assets

    News, Editorial, Published on 21/03/2019

    » The plan by Future Forward Party leader Thanathorn Juangroongruangkit to voluntarily transfer his assets to a so-called "blind trust" prior to becoming an MP is a welcome move, even though it is no magic bullet to avoid potential conflicts of interest.


    Dire need for elected Senate

    News, Editorial, Published on 06/12/2018

    » Over the past 11 years, Thailand's two constitutions have become increasingly mistrustful of the electorate's judgement when it comes to choosing senators.


    It's time to tackle domestic violence

    News, Editorial, Published on 25/11/2018

    » Another young woman has fallen victim to domestic violence. Saifon, a young farmworker in Nakhon Si Thammarat, was killed this week by her jealous former husband after she tried to end the relationship.

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