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  • OPINION

    Dirty business at Chatuchak market

    Veera Prateepchaikul, Published on 05/01/2012

    » As the management of the Chatuchak weekend market moves from Bangkok City Hall to the State Railway of Thailand, organised criminal gangs are busy extorting money from vendors - who must pay if they want to continue doing business there.

  • OPINION

    Motorcycle taxis saddled with problems

    Life, Yvonne Bohwongprasert, Published on 09/02/2012

    » Motorcycle taxi drivers have had to contend with extortion gangs for as long as we have had this convenient mode of transport shuttle us around to beat the city's horrendous traffic jams.

  • OPINION

    Don't just keep relying on luck

    News, Thitinan Pongsudhirak, Published on 17/02/2012

    » Faraway tensions from the precarious brinkmanship in the Middle East have reached Thai soil with the apparent terrorist bungle in central Bangkok. The government of Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra continues to deny international terrorist presence in Thailand, but the weight of evidence increasingly points to the contrary. Thailand is a soft target among third-country theatres of operation. Unless the Thai authorities beef up their security measures and conduct deft diplomacy in the near term, the risk of this easygoing country degenerating from a transit point for illicit crimes to an outright staging ground of international terrorist violence will grow.

  • OPINION

    As ever a tourist, not terrorist, haven

    News, Arglit Boonyai, Published on 18/02/2012

    » By now the bombings that occurred on Sukhumvit 71 on Tuesday have become old news. So has the fact that those responsible made a complete and utter mess of whatever their plan was. Whatever you believe their intention was, terrorism, assassination, general mayhem, I think we can all agree these incompetent bombers never intended to destroy their rented home, attack a taxi driver and blow off their own legs. That just wasn't the plan.

  • OPINION

    Public transport, the bane of commuters

    News, Published on 10/03/2012

    » Re: ''Girl's death costs bus firms B10m'' (BP, March 9). It is sad to find out that an Abac student fell from a bus in 2004 while standing near the exit. In an attempt to beat a red light on Ramkhamhaeng Road, the bus driver had failed to shut the door.

  • OPINION

    Welcome to the land of queues, please stand by

    News, Roger Crutchley, Published on 18/03/2012

    » One thing the current immigration woes at Suvarnabhumi have highlighted is that no one likes to stand in queues, be it at airports, banks, buffets or bathrooms.

  • OPINION

    Bad karma or irresponsible?

    Life, Usnisa Sukhsvasti, Published on 02/04/2012

    » The Songkran holiday season is just around the corner and the police are getting ready for the regular statistics update, a recurring activity every new year and Songkran.

  • OPINION

    Unfairly ripp'd, 'Shakespeare' must pass

    News, Kong Rithdee, Published on 07/04/2012

    » Four centuries after his death, Shakespeare's child suffers a miscarriage, aborted into a limbo by the Thai censors. Unless the appeal goes through at the National Film Board, you will be deprived of a chance to watch what has already become the most scorching movie of the year, Ing Kanjanavanit and Manit Sriwanichpoom's Shakespeare Tong Tai, or Shakespeare Must Die, an adaptation of Macbeth, charged with black humour, scheming harridans, buxom Lady M in blood-red dresses, and a political parable that peaks with a simulation of the infamous chair episode of Oct 6, 1976.

  • OPINION

    Putting people in another perspective

    Life, Karnjana Karnjanatawe, Published on 10/04/2012

    » Blame it on the local media which has shaped a stereotype of Myanmar people as vicious killers. For years Thai media has reported news of Myanmar employees or maids killing their Thai employers, presenting them as violent people.

  • OPINION

    Think again, Thaksin

    News, Published on 14/04/2012

    » Re: ''Thaksin eyes return this year'' (BP, April 12).

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