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  • OPINION

    Leaks aren't always good for politics or journalism

    News, Published on 19/10/2016

    » Editor's note: This column contains language that some readers may find offensive Both journalism and politics now live in the leak culture, and both professions will be forever changed by it. Both have always benefited from leaks of some kind, from the officially authorised to the criminally filched. But today's ability to download and disseminate vast banks of information constitutes a new chapter in journalistic and political practice. Wikileaks has put US diplomatic cables in the public domain, followed by the much riskier leaking of sensitive files from the National Security Agency and that followed by the leaking of the Panama Papers, which showed how the rich secretly contrive to get richer.

  • THAILAND

    Obec denies 'Thaksin' cut from book

    News, Lamphai Intathep, Published on 17/09/2014

    » The Education Ministry has insisted it never ordered officials to erase the name of former prime minister Thaksin Shinawatra from history textbooks.

  • OPINION

    The sexual politics of 2016 and redefining masculinity

    News, David Brooks, Published on 30/03/2016

    » In the middle of the Civil War, a colonel named Robert McAllister from the 11th Regiment of New Jersey tried to improve the moral fibre of his men. A Presbyterian railroad contractor in private life, he lobbied and preached against profanity, drinking, prostitution and gambling. Some of the line officers in the regiment, from less genteel backgrounds, rebelled.

  • BUSINESS

    Asia's century, China's year

    Asia focus, Published on 30/12/2019

    » Way back when 1999 was winding down, pundits were telling us that the Asian Century was about to dawn. That prediction has not yet been fully realised, but few would disagree that 2019 belonged to China. Over the past 12 months, the top headlines have been about the bruising trade war with America, defiant protests in Hong Kong against Beijing's tightening grip, and the rise of a surveillance state that is herding hundreds of thousands into "re-education" camps on its western fringes. Below, the Asia Focus team looks back on a busy and sometimes troubling 2019.

  • THAILAND

    “Merciless” Post-tropical storm Sandy (updated 20:30)

    Terry Fredrickson, Published on 30/10/2012

    » Sandy has been just as bad as forecasters has feared, causing massive flooding destruction along the east coast of the United States. Morning has finally come and people are just starting to see how bad things are. We will update the situation tomorrow.

  • OPINION

    Britain's current mess extends well beyond Brexit

    News, John Lloyd, Published on 13/11/2017

    » Britain -- ever-ready to boast stable politics and a faultless, often-called "Rolls-Royce" civil service -- is in a mess. Between scandals over sex, secret meetings, political donors and the royal family, the government is melting down.

  • OPINION

    Not fake -- it's true

    News, Postbag, Published on 17/06/2019

    » Re: "Justice is approaching", (PostBag, June 16).

  • OPINION

    Just the way it is...

    News, Postbag, Published on 27/05/2019

    » The headline on the March 26 Sunday editorial, "Politicians must put public first", caught my eye. "The interruption gave the impression that some politicians are still self-serving, rather than serving both their voters and their country. This is unfortunate." It may indeed be unfortunate, but self-serving politicians are a Thai political reality, a way of life, and no amount of rhetoric, public or private, will ever bring this practice to an end.

  • OPINION

    Why America should be optimistic about Trump

    News, Published on 21/11/2016

    » I'm a Donald Trump optimist. Like the many who don't support him, I am alarmed that he won. But I don't believe he will be as bad as the worst fears. It's a very modest definition of optimism, but I think it's the best liberals can come up with.

  • OPINION

    Trump's Miss Universe foreign policy

    News, Published on 12/05/2016

    » OK, it's easy to pick on Donald Trump's foreign policy. But just because he recently referred to the attack on the World Trade Center as happening on "7/11" -- which is a convenience store -- instead of 9/11, and just because he claimed that "I know Russia well" because he held a "major event in Russia two or three years ago -- (the) Miss Universe contest, which was a big, big, incredible event" -- doesn't make him unqualified.

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