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  • NEWS

    Abhisit OK working with military

    News, Dave Kendall, Published on 17/03/2019

    » Democrat leader Abhisit Vejjajiva says he wants "a mandate from the ballot box straight away" to become Thailand's next prime minister, that he would join a no-confidence motion against a future Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha if there were "good reasons" and categorically rules out supporting any future coups -- although he's open to working with pro-military Palang Pracharath Party (PPRP) "if the government is not corrupt and will not carry on with non-democratic processes".

  • OPINION

    Surakiart's Rakhine mission no easy task

    News, Larry Jagan, Published on 17/02/2018

    » After a dramatically shaky start, Surakiart Sathirathai's international advisory group is getting down to tackle the Herculean task of trying to find practical solutions to Myanmar's tragic inter-communal violence. As the Myanmar government comes under increased criticism and international scrutiny, Mr Surakiart believes he and his team must help Myanmar look forward and produce a comprehensive and sustainable plan to restore peace, harmony and development to the country.

  • NEWS

    BBC report on Thais' Israel plight stirs fuss

    News, Penchan Charoensuthipan, Published on 28/11/2018

    » The Thai government must review the labour agreement between Thailand and Israel after a recent news report surfaced of Thai workers facing abuse and exploitation, according to Samarn Laodamrongchai, a researcher at Chulalongkorn University's East Asian Studies Institute.

  • NEWS

    Detention centres stuck in past century

    Spectrum, Published on 18/02/2018

    » 'Thailand 4.0" is the military government's oft-heard catchphrase, but Thailand's immigration detention system is a relic from a previous century. The need for detention centre reform is not simply humanitarian, but economic, social and political.

  • OPINION

    Hopes rest on new president to reinvigorate govt

    News, Larry Jagan, Published on 31/03/2018

    » President Win Myint has been sworn in as Myanmar's new president, raising hopes that with him at the helm government administration will be strengthened and revitalised.

  • OPINION

    Suu Kyi should heed Pope's suggestion on UN role

    News, Larry Jagan, Published on 04/12/2017

    » Pope Francis' visit to Myanmar last week was an overwhelming success and may provide the much needed spark to ignite the government's peace process and its efforts to bring reconciliation to the country's violence-torn western region of Rakhine. The Pope's message was loud and clear: the only way forward for Myanmar was "love and peace", the title used for his visit.

  • OPINION

    Rakhine violence leaves Aung San Suu Kyi reeling

    News, Larry Jagan, Published on 28/08/2017

    » Myanmar's restive western state of Rakhine erupted into violence on Friday, leaving the government's efforts to find a solution to the communal tension there in tatters. Insurrection and arson engulfed large areas around Maungdaw and Buthidaung.

  • OPINION

    Inconvenient evils

    News, Postbag, Published on 22/07/2017

    » Re: "Manas case all too rare", (Editorial, July 21).

  • OPINION

    Bad flood dreams

    News, Postbag, Published on 20/05/2017

    » Not surprisingly the better part of Bangkok flooded during the heavy rain in the early morning of May 16 and it looks like the BMA once again was caught off guard. We live in the Bang Na area just opposite Central City and since the last rainy season ended all the equipment used to pump out water has just been left without any sign of regular maintenance. Suddenly required, the BMA will have to get hold of technicians, required spares, operators, etc.

  • OPINION

    BMA's Mahakan mess

    News, Postbag, Published on 21/01/2017

    » It is with deep disappointment that we have read Peerawat Jariyasombat's strangely ill-informed article, "A lesson in development" (BP, Jan 16, 2017). In a move that seems calculated to pander to the greed of developers rather than nurture the human resources represented by local populations, Khun Peerawat hails the efforts of Korean authorities to replace an existing population with an artist colony, but says nothing about the fate of the original residents.

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