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  • OPINION

    Ban crime films now!

    News, Postbag, Published on 10/12/2018

    » It is a matter of the gravest concern that a gold shop robber has admitted that watching "several films about robberies gave him the idea to imitate them", (Online, Dec 7).

  • OPINION

    Ban toxic glyphosate

    News, Postbag, Published on 26/05/2018

    » According to a May 24 report, the Hazardous Substance Committee, in reference to a ban on three toxic pesticides, said "there were insufficient studies confirming they were health hazards", and thus have allowed their continued use. One of the three is glyphosate, known as "Roundup".

  • OPINION

    Authoritarian cryptocurrencies are on the march

    News, Leonid Bershidsky, Published on 18/10/2017

    » With Russia and China both embracing the idea of sovereign cryptocurrencies, it's time to ask a simple question: Why is a technology threatening to decentralise money so attractive to highly centralised, authoritarian regimes?

  • OPINION

    Seat belt confusion

    News, Postbag, Published on 11/04/2017

    » I fully support the wearing of car seat belts in an effort to increase passenger safety; but would someone in authority please clarify in simple terms the latest rules regarding seat belts and the carrying of passengers in vehicles?

  • 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

    Trade agreement

    News, Postbag, Published on 13/02/2017

    » Re: "Accused Singapore robber still in Bangkok jail", (BP, Feb 11).

  • OPINION

    Some hard questions

    News, Postbag, Published on 07/01/2017

    » Re: "Horror highway crash, blast kills 25", (BP, Jan 3).

  • OPINION

    Theft out of need may not be crime

    News, Published on 05/05/2016

    » Stealing food from a supermarket may not be a crime in Italy if you are homeless and hungry, the nation's highest appeals court has ruled.In a case that has drawn comparisons to Les Miserables, the Supreme Court of Cassation threw out the conviction of a homeless man from Ukraine, Roman Ostriakov, who was caught trying to take €4.07 (about 164 baht) worth of cheese and sausage from a store in Genoa without paying for it. A trial court sentenced him in February 2015 to six months in jail and a fine of €100.

  • OPINION

    Having it both ways

    News, Postbag, Published on 18/02/2016

    » The Bangkok Post reported on Tuesday that monks demonstrating at Phutthamonthon have made two demands: Firstly, that Buddhism be declared the official state religion in the new constitution, and, secondly, that the prime minister should stop government agencies from interfering in matters relating to the monastic community.

  • OPINION

    Reaching the finish line in Rio's Games

    Oped, Roger Crutchley, Published on 21/08/2016

    » Because of the 10-hour time difference, it's been quite gruelling following that sporting event down in the land where "coffee beans grow by the billions" -- I still can't get that song out of my head. I can safely claim to have dozed off while watching swimming, boxing, badminton, golf (sorry Ariya) and missing far too many gold medal performances.

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