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    Old formula, same results?

    News, Editorial, Published on 21/08/2019

    » After a continuous slowdown over the past five years, Thai economic growth is expected to reach a new low this year. Given the grim outlook, economists and observers are wondering why the government insists on clinging to the same old "stimulus" formula, which has done little to improve the economy in the long term or lift it out of the doldrums. Some have even called it a formula for failure.

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    Dugong marks plastic tragedy

    News, Editorial, Published on 18/08/2019

    » The tragic death of Marium, the baby dugong, is a testament that more efforts are needed to deal with plastic waste.

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    PM must heed democracy

    News, Editorial, Published on 17/08/2019

    » After facing pressure from the opposition to explain his incomplete oath recital, Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha has come up with a new strategy to deal with the hot-button issue concerning the legitimacy of his government: Running away from it.

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    Weaponising fake news

    News, Editorial, Published on 16/08/2019

    » Both the army and the new government seem to have been troubled by what they described as waves of "fake news".

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    Tiny parties, giant power

    News, Editorial, Published on 14/08/2019

    » After a week of what must have been intense negotiations with a small coalition party bloc on their quota of political positions, the administration of Prime Minister Gen Prayut Chan-o-cha has managed to survive, for now. These small parties, however, will remain a thorn in the side of the coalition government given its razor-thin majority.

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    Curb land reform excess

    News, Editorial, Published on 12/08/2019

    » While Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha has insisted that tackling inequality is a priority of his government, a recent move of one of his cabinet members on land reform seems to suggest otherwise.

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    Back to the charter games

    News, Editorial, Published on 08/08/2019

    » The country is set for another round of power games now the opposition and pro-democracy groups have rolled up their sleeves and started campaigning for a rewrite of the 2016 regime-sponsored constitution.

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    Just give us the right oath

    News, Editorial, Published on 07/08/2019

    » When he led his cabinet in taking the oath of allegiance during the swearing-in ceremony on July 16, Prime Minister Gen Prayut Chan-o-cha was supposed to recite the full text as stipulated in the charter. But he missed out the last sentence — a vow to protect and abide by the constitution. Many still wonder why.

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    Crew saga a wake-up call

    News, Editorial, Published on 06/08/2019

    » The plight of Thai crew members on a fishing trawler off the Somali coast has caused a sensation, with their families pleading for the state to help speed up the return of their sons to Thailand.

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    Odds against new lotto plan

    News, Editorial, Published on 05/08/2019

    » The Government Lottery Office (GLO) is doing more harm than good in proposing a new type of lottery ticket -- the "12 Thai Zodiac" picture-based draw game.

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