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  • OPINION

    Thailand needs more 'wonder women'

    News, Published on 07/08/2019

    » Mae Phloi, born circa 1882, is a period Thai fictional character in Si Phaen Din (The Four Reigns), a minor courtier married into an aristocratic life. And Wonder Woman is … you know, Wonder Woman. Gal Gadot, or Lynda Carter, if you grew up in the 70s. They both have incredibly long legs.

  • OPINION

    Begging for a drink

    News, Postbag, Published on 27/07/2019

    » There is a shortage of fresh water. It happens most years and is far from unexpected. Where is the rainmaking initiative? Maybe the government has forgotten about it in the same way that they have forgotten everyone but themselves.

  • OPINION

    What do we expect from next city governor?

    News, Nauvarat Suksamran, Published on 18/07/2019

    » Next year, Bangkokians will have a newly elected governor. They deserve someone who has well-recognised professional experience in administration and management -- someone who can offer them a better quality of life and better urban development; the kind of living standards enjoyed by people in developed countries.

  • OPINION

    A most entertaining war of words

    News, Roger Crutchley, Published on 14/07/2019

    » An early frontrunner for word of the year could be "disinvited" which has featured in a series of not very diplomatic exchanges flying across The Pond this week.

  • OPINION

    Projecting power through Asean unity

    News, Kavi Chongkittavorn, Published on 02/07/2019

    » It only took a few seconds to change the substance of the discussion between Thai Foreign Minister Don Pramudwinai and his Brunei counterpart, Second Minister of Foreign Affairs and Trade, Erywan Yusof, during their bilateral meeting on June 21. The two ministers were talking about ways to reduce the high cost of mobile phone roaming services in Asean to promote people-to-people contact. They were discussing "doing something together, sort-of-thing, to promote a people-centred community", according to a source who was at the meeting, when the host quipped, "Why not have Asean host the World Cup?". The word "yes" was the immediate response from Brunei. The rest is history.

  • OPINION

    Double-edged words

    News, Postbag, Published on 13/06/2019

    » Re: "Witch-hunts must end", (Editorial, June 12). Future Forward Party (FFP) spokeswoman Pannika Wanich should not be judged by society as guilty over the alleged anti-monarchist posts on her Facebook page.

  • OPINION

    Enjoying a cuppa with Harold the milkman

    News, Roger Crutchley, Published on 26/05/2019

    » When I was a teenager in the late 1950s/early 60s, we had a milkman called Harold whose son Gordon Neate was a professional footballer with our hometown team Reading who played in the Third Division. Every Saturday morning, on his rounds, Harold was invited into our kitchen for a cup of tea and he would relate all the behind-the-scenes gossip about the club.

  • OPINION

    Refugee status must be respected

    News, Published on 23/05/2019

    » On May 10, Thai activist Praphan Pipithnamporn was extradited from Malaysia to Thailand, arriving home to face charges of sedition in accordance with the draconian Section 116. This forcible repatriation by Malaysian authorities occurred despite Ms Praphan having already registered with the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) and subsequently being determined to be a "person of concern". Such actions by Malaysia must be considered nothing short of refoulement -- returning someone to a country where they are likely to be subject to persecution.

  • OPINION

    Medical mishaps

    News, Postbag, Published on 04/05/2019

    » Re: "Asking for too much", (PostBag, May 2).

  • OPINION

    Proud islanders

    News, Postbag, Published on 19/03/2019

    » Re: "Great British bulldog spirit", (PostBag, March 17).

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