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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

    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

    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

    Why Hakeem al-Araibi matters

    News, Published on 04/03/2019

    » Only recently, Thailand became the focus of global attention when a decision was taken to release Hakeem al-Araibi from administrative detention and allow his return to Australia. The case galvanised the world and challenged Thailand's relationship with Australia, Bahrain, Fifa, and international law. It captured front-page headlines, innervated human rights advocates, and ignited a ground-up movement across the world of international football.

  • OPINION

    Crossword Puzzle: Thai PM Candidates Edition

    Guru, Pornchai Sereemongkonpol, Published on 22/02/2019

    » As the March 24 election nears, the number of opinion polls have increased. On Sunday, one poll in particular caught my eyes. Super Poll announced the result of a survey, which I unofficially translate to "The Public’s Concern During Election Season". What made this poll stand out is that when they asked people about their specs for PM candidates, they use cryptic descriptions such as "Man in his 50s. Former leader of this country with high position" and "Man in his 40s. Former exec. A political activist." Instead of simply using their actual names like other polls? They did that to avoid violating any election rules, perhaps.

  • OPINION

    Araibi case: own goals all round

    Asia focus, Erich Parpart, Published on 11/02/2019

    » The contention that Thailand would not have been involved in the controversial case of Hakeem al-Araibi had it not received a red alert notice from Australian Interpol sounded ridiculous when I first heard it. Why would Australia issue an arrest warrant for a person it had granted asylum to?

  • OPINION

    Famous last words, some less famous

    News, Roger Crutchley, Published on 10/02/2019

    » I nearly ended up in "The Great Newspaper in the Sky" recently when a thundering truck ignored the red lights at a Klong Toey junction and missed our taxi by a whisker. The taxi driver seemed to think the incident was amusing, while all I managed was to blurt out "bloody hell!"

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