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  • OPINION

    New list, same problems

    News, Editorial, Published on 14/10/2019

    » The latest Global Competitiveness Index (GCI) released by the World Economic Forum, which saw Thailand's ranking drop by two notches, is caused by two key issues that have hindered the country's development for a long time. These issues need to be addressed now.

  • OPINION

    Flood response needs overhaul

    News, Editorial, Published on 13/10/2019

    » Nearly two months after storm-induced floods hit Ubon Ratchathani and other northeastern provinces, the state has sluggishly offered help to those who have suffered from a disaster said to be the most serious in almost two decades.

  • OPINION

    NHRC judge plea is futile

    News, Editorial, Published on 10/10/2019

    » The National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) has suffered another major setback. Last week, NHRC chairman, What Tingsamit, called on the chief judges of the Supreme Court and Supreme Administrative Court to appoint a new commissioner to enable the agency to function temporarily.

  • OPINION

    Handouts not the solution

    News, Editorial, Published on 04/10/2019

    » As doubts persist over whether the 1,000-baht cash-handout and 15% cash-rebate schemes will boost local tourism, the government has hinted that it is considering a "second phase" of this splurge.

  • OPINION

    Don't scrimp on healthcare

    News, Editorial, Published on 30/09/2019

    » Achieving universal healthcare coverage by 2030 is one of the targets within the United Nations Sustainable Development Goal 3 on health. It is a target that Thailand achieved when it rolled out universal healthcare coverage (UHC), known locally as the 30-baht healthcare scheme, in 2002.

  • OPINION

    Time to take smog seriously

    News, Editorial, Published on 29/09/2019

    » As winter approaches, ultra-fine PM2.5 dust particles start to blanket Bangkok and other cities, posing a health threat to the public.

  • OPINION

    Black arts at BACC

    News, Editorial, Published on 26/09/2019

    » Ongoing turmoil at the Bangkok Art and Culture Centre (BACC) is threatening to sabotage the city's bid to become a global cultural crossroads.

  • OPINION

    Warming up to draft's end

    News, Editorial, Published on 23/09/2019

    » Once a fierce opponent of ideas to abolish military conscription, Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha recently signalled a possible change of heart -- or at least, a more open heart.

  • OPINION

    Our car-free days just token effort

    News, Editorial, Published on 22/09/2019

    » For another year, today's Bangkok Car Free Day, the local version of an annual awareness-raising event observed in cities across the world, has been reduced to a PR stunt by the city administration and central government.

  • OPINION

    Killing the golden goose

    News, Editorial, Published on 19/09/2019

    » It's evident that the tourism authorities have woken up to the slowdown in arrivals, a key source of income for the country, and have intensified efforts to improve the situation.

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