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  • OPINION

    Debasing the US TIP report

    News, Editorial, Published on 14/07/2015

    » Alarming reports are coming from Washington about the highly anticipated Trafficking in Persons (TIP) report. It seems that US officials have been ordered to promote Malaysia from Tier 3, the bottom ranking where Thailand was controversially placed last year. The reports - not denied by US officials - say Malaysia's rise back to Tier 2 was for purely political reasons, because President Barack Obama needs Malaysia's support for the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) trade negotiations.

  • OPINION

    Five-star salaries too fat

    News, Editorial, Published on 17/11/2018

    » In a move that has perplexed many, the junta-appointed National Legislative Assembly (NLA) yesterday approved in principle a bill that aims to "legalise" the fat pay cheques of generals, admirals and air chief marshals who have been awarded the "special" five-star rank in the military.

  • OPINION

    Dolls just one of many fads

    News, Editorial, Published on 28/01/2016

    » The concern voiced just a few days ago by Justice Minister Paiboon Koomchaya that the "angel child" or luk thep dolls might be used to smuggle drugs on board a commercial plane has been proven to be true.

  • OPINION

    Woo tourists with safety

    News, Editorial, Published on 04/10/2018

    » While many Chinese travellers will be making overseas trips this week during China's long "Golden Week" holiday, fewer will be coming to Thailand.

  • OPINION

    Well done, can improve

    News, Editorial, Published on 02/07/2018

    » The annual US State Department report on efforts to combat human trafficking was released last week, with deserved praise for Thailand. For the second time in three years, the benchmark Trafficking in Persons Report raised the country's ranking against all nations of the world. The promotion to "Tier 2" caused celebration in the military regime. It also warned of serious challenges in the new campaign to raise Thailand from second place to the top.

  • OPINION

    A TiP from the US

    News, Editorial, Published on 18/06/2018

    » The US State Department will soon release its annual report on human trafficking around the world. The benchmark Trafficking in Persons Report has been used almost exclusively by the government to measure its progress or, in the two years after the coup, lack of progress, in cracking down on the problem. For two years, Thailand was rated among the few "worst in the world" countries for its performance. This year, the regime is hoping for a second promotion in the rankings, and at least a spoonful of praise.

  • OPINION

    Govt must serve up justice for all

    News, Editorial, Published on 28/01/2018

    » Nearly four years after the end of the huge street protest by the now-defunct People's Democratic Reform Committee (PDRC), and the country's public prosecutors have finally decided to press charges against nine leaders of the Bangkok Shutdown movement that brought many parts of the metropolis to a standstill.

  • OPINION

    Slavery fight gets a boost

    News, Editorial, Published on 16/01/2018

    » Human trafficking is arguably the worst of the world's scourges. Around the globe and here at home, men, women and children are bought, sold, traded and exploited for the profit and/or pleasure of others.

  • OPINION

    Time to clean up our environment

    News, Editorial, Published on 03/12/2017

    » Environmental issues are under the global spotlight as thousands of environmentalists including policymakers and non-state actors from more than 100 countries around the world gather in Kenyan capital Nairobi this week for a high-profile forum due to start tomorrow. The two-day forum, titled the Environment Assembly, is being organised by UN Environment, formerly the UN Environment Programme (UNEP).

  • OPINION

    Rohingya plight is out of control

    News, Editorial, Published on 10/09/2017

    » The ongoing humanitarian crisis of the plight of the Rohingya people in Myanmar is raising alarm bells not just among the members of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (Asean) but also as far as the United Nations. The crisis that has re-emerged after a year of silence has killed hundreds, possibly many more, Rohingya people, and close to 150,000 people have had to seek shelter in neighbouring Bangladesh. About 100,000 people are awaiting to seek refuge.

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