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    Tigers, greed: The modern Thai temple

    News, Anchalee Kongrut, Published on 06/06/2016

    » Among the most notorious of the influential monks, it's Luang Ta Chan, otherwise known as Phra Archan Phusit Khantitharo, the abbot of the Tiger Temple in Kanchanaburi, who amazes me the most.

  • OPINION

    Ringing in the changes

    News, Editorial, Published on 05/10/2018

    » Accusations of excessively loud bell ringing by a Buddhist temple in the city's Bang Kho Laem area have drawn a mixed reaction and also confrontation.

  • OPINION

    Freedom of temple, religion must be assured

    News, Suranand Vejjajiva, Published on 28/02/2017

    » The cat and mouse game the government is playing with Phra Dhammajayo, the revered leader of Wat Phra Dhammakaya, and his disciples has become a stand-off that is further dividing the nation. There are lessons and implications that all Thais, Buddhist or not, need to think about.

  • OPINION

    Justice fails test in temple stand-off

    News, Atiya Achakulwisut, Published on 31/05/2016

    » No matter how it turns out, the stand-off between the Department of Special Investigation (DSI) and Wat Phra Dhammakaya has underscored a combination of extreme conviction and weak enforcement of the justice system that has underpinned Thailand's many crises.

  • OPINION

    Plundered budget

    News, Postbag, Published on 17/05/2019

    » Since the start of the coup and Thailand's dictatorial control, the national budget has been plundered by the military. With so many social pressures supposedly causing the need for a coup, the dictator and his underlings have seen it fit to purchase submarines, tanks, military aircraft, and now Stryker armoured vehicles. How do these expenditures truly serve the people?

  • OPINION

    Perpetuating sexism through prayers

    News, Sanitsuda Ekachai, Published on 29/04/2019

    » Is it possible that women's lower status in Thai society has something to do with the way we Thai Buddhists pray?

  • OPINION

    Post-poll policy: Dynamic continuity

    News, Kavi Chongkittavorn, Published on 26/03/2019

    » Speculation is rife about imminent changes in Thailand's diplomatic direction after five years of military-ruled guidance. Political pundits and campaigners ahead of the polls last week also sent out strong signals that they expect a new cabinet in Government House with new policies. One of the casualties would be Thai-Chinese ties, which have progressed and strengthened without waveringly over the past five years. However, the outcome of Sunday's election indicates that whichever parties form the next civilian government, there will be little effect on the country's foreign relations or the current Asean chair. Indeed, Thailand's foreign policy will become more dynamic with continuity.

  • OPINION

    EC has no vision

    News, Postbag, Published on 28/03/2019

    » A conscientious Election Commission would have counted the 1,500 ballots from New Zealand that arrived at their precincts after ballot counting had begun.True, the law allows for them to not be counted, but a duty-bound, proactive EC would have noted that the ballots' delay was not any fault of the voters, nor had they been tampered with en route.

  • OPINION

    NOB transfer harms govt anti-graft drive

    News, Veera Prateepchaikul, Published on 11/09/2017

    » Pol Lt Col Pongporn Pramsaneh has been widely recognised as an honest and straightforward officer in the Department of Special Investigation – a rare breed in the police force. It explains why he was ordered shifted from the DSI's head of the Tax Litigation Office to lead the National Office of Buddhism (NOB) on Feb 25 by Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha to do an unenviable mission. His task was to clean up the mess concerning the misappropriation of government funds for the renovation of temples and for schools on temple grounds.

  • OPINION

    A time for giving

    Life, Pongpet Mekloy, Published on 07/01/2019

    » 'Please don't post them," I told my wife as I saw her taking pictures of me and my sister on New Year's Eve. It was a family activity and I have no time for social media drama. People's attitudes differ. Some might be supportive, others can be nasty.

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