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    Get smart about raising children's IQs

    News, Editorial, Published on 04/09/2016

    » One of the most important things a society can do is raise the next generation of children to be all they can be. Children who get the best start in life, who are fed properly, who learn to play and whose brains are pushed to reach their potential are more likely to develop into successful, intelligent adults. It begins in the womb, with a mother's diet affecting brain development, and continues most crucially in the early years when motor skills are learned and behaviour is formed. It is incumbent on parents, communities and national governments to provide children with the same opportunities to succeed.

  • OPINION

    Dress code a non-issue

    News, Editorial, Published on 12/07/2019

    » The matter of what to wear and what not to wear in parliament brought to the fore by Palang Pracharath Party (PPRP) MPs this week reflects their inability to get their priorities right on what to debate and what not to debate in the Lower House.

  • OPINION

    Faring poorly in BMTA's war on public bus prices

    News, Sirinya Wattanasukchai, Published on 27/04/2019

    » Five days after the bus fare increase took effect, the Bangkok Mass Transit Authority (BMTA) insisted the majority finds the hike agreeable. I really wonder who "the majority" is.

  • OPINION

    City commuters stuck in spider's web of delays

    News, Sirinya Wattanasukchai, Published on 05/04/2019

    » How many cards must a Bangkokian carry with them just so they can make their way through the ever-so busy and bustling capital? No, I'm not talking about credit, debit, or loyalty reward cards. I'm talking about the cards that a commuter must carry just so that can move from Point A to B.

  • OPINION

    China is blowing an opportunity with Meng's arrest

    News, Published on 21/12/2018

    » China is blowing the geopolitical opportunity of a lifetime. There has probably never been a better moment to undo America's greatest strategic advantage by dividing the US from its global network of democratic allies, many of which are horrified by President Trump's rhetoric and policies and deeply worried about Washington's staying power. Yet, Beijing is doing its best to remind that democratic world that it has far more to fear from a hegemonic China than from an erratic America.

  • OPINION

    Late King's wishes for Thai children

    News, Published on 12/01/2019

    » As Thailand celebrates National Children's Day today, I wish to share my recollection of a memorable audience with His Majesty the late King Bhumibol Adulyadej and his profound message and wishes for the children of Thailand and the world. I had the great honour to meet the late king on Nov 12, 1998. I was then serving as Unicef's regional director for East Asia and the Pacific, based in Bangkok. The occasion of my audience with the late king at Chitralada Palace was to accompany visiting Unicef executive director Carol Bellamy. Also accompanying us was the late Thai foreign minister Surin Pitsuwan. ​

  • OPINION

    Throwing the cat among the pigeons

    News, Roger Crutchley, Published on 30/09/2018

    » The rapidly increasing numbers of pigeons (nok pilab) has ruffled a few official feathers in Bangkok. There was bit of a flap after authorities warned that citizens caught feeding the birds would face a stiff fine, explaining the pigeons were spreading disease. These birds divide opinion, some calling them "rats with wings", others more generously "doves without the PR".

  • OPINION

    Rodents are simply a master of taste

    News, Roger Crutchley, Published on 05/08/2018

    » There was a news report last week about the arrest on the Cambodian border of a gentleman smuggling 800kgs of dead rats. Imagine that. There are plenty of ways to make money through smuggling, but bootlegging deceased rodents is not one that immediately springs to mind.

  • OPINION

    Why did a Malaysian buy 'The Phnom Penh Post'?

    News, Sek Sophal, Published on 19/05/2018

    » After the closure of the Cambodia Daily in September last year, The Phnom Penh Post practically became the last man standing in terms of independent news content in Cambodia. The sale of the Post to Sivakumar Ganapathy, a Malaysian investor, sparked in Cambodian society a mixture of sad, worried, hopeless, and frustrated sentiment, deeply affecting not only the paper's staff but also other journalists, civil society organisations and the public.

  • OPINION

    Patience wearing thin with Iranian regime

    News, Published on 05/05/2018

    » In the early weeks of 2018, protests swept through the small towns of Iran, mobilising the disgruntled lower rung of society. Demonstrators chanted slogans against the country's theocracy. Meanwhile, large cities, where some of the largest anti-regime demonstrations previously had taken place, remained relatively quiet.

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