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  • OPINION

    Welcome end to mobile traffic checkpoints

    Veera Prateepchaikul, Published on 09/10/2015

    » Random checkpoint, flying checkpoint, mobile checkpoint, temporary roadblock, call it what you will, they all serve just one purpose -- to squeeze money from road users, and motorcyclists in particular.

  • OPINION

    Surapong conveniently omitting the facts

    Veera Prateepchaikul, Published on 27/12/2013

    » Deputy Prime Minister Surapong Tovichakchaikul was very quick to condemn the anti-government protesters for the violence in front of the Thai-Japanese youth centre in Din Daeng on Thursday.

  • OPINION

    Old cars aren't the problem on city streets

    Veera Prateepchaikul, Published on 09/10/2013

    » There is an old southern Chinese saying which goes along these lines: "When one’s stomach is full, he or she has nothing to do and, therefore, starts looking for trouble."

  • OPINION

    Media out to lunch as police whistle-blower calls

    News, Veera Prateepchaikul, Published on 07/03/2016

    » Media organisations and academics, as well as anti-corruption advocacy groups, went full throttle against embattled news anchor Sorrayuth Suthassanachinda and Channel 3 last week. Meanwhile, the whistle-blowing by Adm Phajun Tamprateep, a former close aide to Privy Council president Prem Tinsulanonda, that revealed an unidentified general was involved in the "sale" of police positions ahead of the annual police reshuffle went largely unnoticed by the media.

  • OPINION

    Police should worry about image, not dignity

    News, Veera Prateepchaikul, Published on 06/01/2014

    » There is a popular saying that goes along this line: "You can kill me, but you are not allowed to insult me".

  • NEWS

    Highlights of the week

    Veera Prateepchaikul, Published on 07/12/2012

    » Thais across the country turned out in force to celebrate HM the King's birthday on Wednesday; the unrest in the far South takes a turn for the worse with two teachers killed and one seriously wounded in a matter of two weeks; and a three-day blackout in Koh Samui and Koh Phangan drove most tourists away before electricity supplies were resurrected on Friday morning.

  • NEWS

    Highlights of the week

    Veera Prateepchaikul, Published on 21/12/2012

    » Despite the strong possibility the government may not get the minimum 24 million votes needed in a referendum to rewrite the entire constitution, it appears determined to push ahead with the planned plebiscite.

  • NEWS

    Highlights of the week

    Veera Prateepchaikul, Published on 21/09/2012

    » The final report on the political turbulance in April and May 2010 was released by Kanit na Nakorn's truth commission and, as anticipated, was heavily criticised, especially by red-shirts and the Pheu Thai Party; and Parliament President Somsak Kiatsuranont was spotlighted for using seven million baht of taxpayers' money to take a large group of his staff and pro-government media people on a junket to Europe.

  • NEWS

    Weekly highlights

    Veera Prateepchaikul, Published on 17/02/2012

    » Government authorities were in unison, insisting the three bomb blasts in downtown Bangkok did not amount to terrorism because the devices were intended solely to kill unnamed foreign individuals - even though several Thais were hurt. In the parliament, there was bedlam on Thursday when Democrat MPs queried the prime minister about her "secret mission" at the Four Seasons Hotel last Wednesday.

  • 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.

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