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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

    Love the sinner, hate the sin

    Life, Patcharawalai Sanyanusin, Published on 24/06/2019

    » How would you feel if someone pointed a finger at you and said: "You are nak phaen din"? A very strong and hurtful remark, isn't it? Meaning "burden to the land", the term is normally used toward a person who is perceived as scum for causing so much trouble to society.

  • OPINION

    Space 2018: Better to go back out late rather than never

    News, Gwynne Dyer, Published on 06/01/2018

    » It's going to be a good year in space, and the new players are aiming high. The Indian Space Research Organisation intends to send Chandrayaan-2, an uncrewed orbiter, lander and rover, to the moon in March.

  • OPINION

    Asean nears its Thucydides trap turning point

    News, Published on 14/10/2019

    » In the whirlwind of the 554 officially listed events which marked the start of the UN General Assembly debates in New York two weeks ago, the concern raised by Secretary-General Antonio Guterres -- that the world is moving towards a Great Fracture -- was understandably lost in the cacophony.

  • OPINION

    Feet of clay

    Life, Patcharawalai Sanyanusin, Published on 19/08/2019

    » Late last month, many Buddhist followers in Thailand were delighted with the news that four phra farang, or Western monks, were granted samanasak or honorary ecclesiastical titles by HM the King.

  • OPINION

    Govt leaves Thamanat sore to fester

    News, Veera Prateepchaikul, Published on 16/09/2019

    » Deputy Agriculture and Cooperatives Minister Thamanat Prompow must have been a valuable asset of the government to justify both Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha and Deputy Prime Minister Wissanu Krea-ngam coming to his defence over his criminal past in connection with a drug trafficking case in Australia about three decades ago and over his questionable educational background while other cabinet ministers keep their distance from the scandal.

  • OPINION

    Media outlets must not ignore culture of kickbacks

    News, Nauvarat Suksamran, Published on 14/09/2019

    » As mainstream print and digital media outlets fiercely follow up on certain political scandals rocking Prayut Chan-o-cha's administration, a small but significantly important news item has quietly slipped from most of the newshounds' attention.

  • OPINION

    This climate of doom may be unscientific

    News, Gwynne Dyer, Published on 13/09/2019

    » Jonathan Franzen has finally seen the light. Unfortunately, it has blinded him.

  • OPINION

    Is it all the Bank of Thailand's fault?

    News, Chartchai Parasuk, Published on 12/09/2019

    » Currently, the two most pressing economic issues in Thailand are the appreciation of the baht and the high level of household debt.

  • OPINION

    Win-win in Bang Saen

    Life, Yvonne Bohwongprasert, Published on 02/09/2019

    » A recent article on Thailand's Bang Saen seaside town undergoing a major makeover to accommodate an ageing society put a smile on my face as the reality of reaching the day I become a senior citizen fast approaches.

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