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    Dust in the wind and down the throat

    News, Roger Crutchley, Published on 06/10/2019

    » You know there's something amiss in Bangkok when you wake up to the sounds of birds coughing. Well maybe it wasn't quite that bad, but this week our feathered friends sounded decidedly under the weather. So it came as no surprise to read the gloomy headlines about "toxic smog" returning to Bangkok.


    Humanity's bet against horror

    News, Published on 30/08/2019

    » The Geneva Conventions which were adopted this month in 1949 are 70 years old. On this anniversary, it is essential to highlight their achievements over the decades thanks to these fundamental texts.


    End of a sorry saga for mushroom pickers

    News, Roger Crutchley, Published on 19/05/2019

    » The best news of the week is that the mushroom-picking couple have been released from jail following a royal pardon by His Majesty the King. It is a most pleasant surprise and hopefully puts an end to a grim nine-year saga that reeked of social injustice from the very first time it surfaced back in 2010.


    Virachai: Thai diplomat extraordinaire

    News, Kavi Chongkittavorn, Published on 19/03/2019

    » It was in the afternoon of Feb 22 that I met Virachai Plasai, the Thai ambassador to the United States, along with his five staffers for a meeting at the Thai embassy's main conference room in Washington at 1024 Wisconsin Avenue NW. I had no idea that he was suffering from Myelodysplastic syndrome, a form of bone-marrow cancer. His face was a bit pale, but he was focused and attentive.


    Abhisit's charm offensive

    News, Published on 16/03/2019

    » Democrat Party leader Abhisit Vejjajiva has done the unexpected -- written a love letter steeped in a political message in what could be one of his last-ditch efforts to rally support before the upcoming election.


    Late King's wishes for Thai children

    News, Published on 12/01/2019

    » As Thailand celebrates National Children's Day today, I wish to share my recollection of a memorable audience with His Majesty the late King Bhumibol Adulyadej and his profound message and wishes for the children of Thailand and the world. I had the great honour to meet the late king on Nov 12, 1998. I was then serving as Unicef's regional director for East Asia and the Pacific, based in Bangkok. The occasion of my audience with the late king at Chitralada Palace was to accompany visiting Unicef executive director Carol Bellamy. Also accompanying us was the late Thai foreign minister Surin Pitsuwan. ​


    Why 'permanent neutrality' doesn't work in Cambodia

    News, Sek Sophal, Published on 03/01/2019

    » The end of the Cold War marked a turning point in international politics -- the collapse of socialism and the planned economy and the rise of democracy and a free market economy. Ideological conflict became a thing of the past. The absence of the East-West confrontation, however, did not necessarily constitute the absence of a power struggle.


    If incentives persist, so will slavery

    News, Ricardo Hausmann, Published on 04/09/2018

    » Have you ever wondered why business schools do not teach the proper way to whip a worker to obtain maximum effort without damaging the asset? Had business schools existed before the American Civil War, one can conceive of at least a lecture on the subject. Instead, business schools teach about corporate culture and values, on the assumption that maximum effort can be obtained from workers if they identify with the firm's mission and goals.


    Dam collapse: Was it human error?

    News, Published on 23/08/2018

    » The July 23 collapse of one of the saddle dams of the 410-megawatt Xe-Pian-Xe-Namnoy hydropower complex, situated on the mountaintop in the southeast section of Bolaven Plateau in southern Laos, demands a full clear answer as to what actually happened.


    Animal welfare key to Dusit Zoo move

    News, Editorial, Published on 12/08/2018

    » At the end of this month, Bangkokians will bid farewell to Dusit Zoo, as the final curtain falls for the site, treasured by many not just as a recreational edutainment place, but also as a vast green space in the heart of the capital.

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