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  • OPINION

    Too brutal for Asean

    News, Editorial, Published on 04/01/2016

    » The shocking photos and video of last week's whippings in Indonesia's Aceh province have refocused attention on a serious problem within Asean. On the eve of the Asean community becoming an economic union, a woman and five men were caned in public in Banda Aceh. Four were whipped for gambling and a couple were caned for "indecency". Such barbarity has no place in a modernising and progressive Asean Community (AC), which was formed to bring prosperity.

  • OPINION

    Surakiart has a tough task

    News, Editorial, Published on 05/02/2018

    » The Myanmar government continues to dig itself into deeper trouble over the crisis it created with the Rohingya. Worse, it is rapidly creating an atmosphere of belligerence. There seems plenty of means available to discuss and solve the situation via talks with neighbours and the international community. Instead, Myanmar leader Aung San Suu Kyi and the nation's military have only become more isolated.

  • OPINION

    Stop press intimidation

    News, Editorial, Published on 02/01/2018

    » The Thai Journalists Association wound up the year by issuing a depressing statement. It rated 2017 as yet another year where the free press was regulated and intimidated by the military government. The TJA said the regime hinders the media by restricting freedom of expression. And it says this causes public harm by not allowing examination and by barring criticism of the junta, collectively and individually.

  • OPINION

    Asean media under attack

    News, Editorial, Published on 22/01/2018

    » A free press is the key test of whether a nation has true freedom of speech. Across the region, every country is failing the test. In communist Vietnam and all the way to the resurgent army controllers in Myanmar, governments are arresting, imprisoning and strongly intimidating the media.

  • OPINION

    Time to watch out for those pesky ethics

    News, Editorial, Published on 09/10/2016

    » Late last week, Chiang Mai governor Pawin Chamniprasart visited the home of two Hmong girls accused by a British tourist of stealing her wristwatch. Mr Pawin's visit was a gesture to reaffirm the girls' innocence. When Mr Pawin visited, the girls' mother performed a traditional ritual in their house to boost the morale of her daughters after their pictures appeared, late last month, on several international outlets including the New York Post and The Sun with headlines suggesting the girls stole the tourist's watch.

  • OPINION

    Suu Kyi's sad neglect

    News, Editorial, Published on 28/11/2016

    » It takes a unique grievance to inspire linked demonstrations across Southeast Asia and beyond. But last Friday, in half a dozen cities including Bangkok, protests occurred at the embassies of neighbour and fellow Asean member Myanmar. The focus was the recent escalation of violence against Rohingya people in the western state of Rakhine. The peaceful protesters, mostly from Muslim groups, were outraged at Myanmar's leader, Aung San Suu Kyi.

  • OPINION

    Mayor's reaction doubles his disgrace

    News, Editorial, Published on 31/07/2016

    » Ban Phai district municipality mayor Premsak Piayura should have explained what was happening in the photograph that led to questions over his suitability to hold public office, if the circumstances are as innocent as he says. Instead, his harassment of the reporters giving him a chance to explain himself has only deepened doubts about whether he is fit to hold his job.

  • OPINION

    A tech deal that delivers

    News, Editorial, Published on 21/12/2015

    » The world's slowest negotiations have finally concluded with the signing of a deal to eliminate most trade tariffs on technology hardware. The World Trade Organisation (WTO) last week reached an agreement with 53 countries, and among the signatories is Thailand. The deal affects an estimated US$1.3 trillion in annual trade in a substantial variety of IT products. It will spur trade and development of technology in many areas, from home and office to futurist research laboratories.

  • OPINION

    Pattaya needs big clean-up

    News, Editorial, Published on 21/05/2019

    » Once again, Pattaya has been hit by a water pollution crisis. The sight of grimy torrents gushing from a city sewerage pipe into the sea on Jomtien beach has appalled members of the public.

  • OPINION

    Pardons due to journos

    News, Editorial, Published on 20/04/2019

    » Two Myanmar journalists, Wa Lone and Kyaw Soe Oo, have been locked up in Yangon's Insein Prison for almost 500 days for allegedly "exposing state secrets".

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