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    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. ​

  • OPINION

    Seeing the world through another's eyes

    Life, Kaona Pongpipat, Published on 13/11/2015

    » As much as Facebook is a virtual space of borderless interaction, it has, for many, undeniably become our most immediate and primary news source. It's a personalised pool of information, which though we have chosen consciously, can transform who we are and the way we think without our even realising it. And I have often wondered what it would be like to live, maybe for a day, in the social media world of other people's Facebook accounts.

  • OPINION

    Thailand's weather woes — come rain or shine

    Life, Kanokporn Chanasongkram, Published on 30/06/2015

    » Fast and furious — the first half of the year is over, which will hopefully take away the crazy hot weather and bring more rain.

  • OPINION

    A senseless attack and a mother's grief

    Veera Prateepchaikul, Published on 24/04/2012

    » Nong Hall is 16 years-old and was looking forward starting in Mathayom 5 in the next couple of months, but he may not make it. On Songkran Day members of a motorcycle gang took objection after he made eye contact with one of them - so they attacked him and beat him mercilessly. He remains in a coma.

  • OPINION

    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.

  • OPINION

    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.

  • OPINION

    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.

  • OPINION

    About politics

    News, Published on 18/11/2017

    » Prayut's 'fresh faces' question steeped in contradictions v Regime keeps watchful eye on Pheu Thai Party as it mulls lifting the political ban v Rajabhakti Park: Pride of the army or simply a den of graft?

  • OPINION

    Nudging the nation toward sustainable development

    News, Published on 21/10/2017

    » When the Nobel Committee awarded the 2017 Nobel Prize in Economics to Prof Richard Thaler, we at the Mae Fah Luang Foundation under Royal Patronage (MFLF) were more than pleased.

  • OPINION

    OAG fails public on subs

    News, Editorial, Published on 25/05/2017

    » The decision of the Office of the Auditor-General (OAG) earlier this week to endorse the Royal Thai Navy's controversial submarine procurement project came as a major disappointment.

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