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  • OPINION

    Criminalise state torture

    News, Editorial, Published on 17/04/2019

    » As long as Thailand does not criminalise enforced disappearances and torture committed by state officials, anyone could become a victim of state actors' extrajudicial acts without getting justice -- such as in the case of Karen human rights activist Porlajee "Billy" Rakchongcharoen.

  • OPINION

    Dam study must be transparent

    News, Editorial, Published on 03/02/2019

    » After a short confrontation with conservationists and local southerners late last month over the controversial Wang Heeb dam project in Nakhon Si Thammarat, the Prayut Chan-o-cha government has agreed to step back, albeit temporarily.

  • OPINION

    Animal welfare key to Dusit Zoo move

    News, Editorial, Published on 12/08/2018

    » At the end of this month, Bangkokians will bid farewell to Dusit Zoo, as the final curtain falls for the site, treasured by many not just as a recreational edutainment place, but also as a vast green space in the heart of the capital.

  • OPINION

    Clock ticks on cave rescue

    News, Editorial, Published on 29/06/2018

    » As the search-and-rescue efforts within Chiang Rai's Tham Luang Cave enter their sixth day Friday, the task of finding the 12 boys and their football coach continues to be hampered by the extreme conditions of the cave environment -- rising water levels and flooding in deeper areas.

  • OPINION

    Opening up new industry

    News, Editorial, Published on 20/11/2017

    » The tentative decision by China's Huawei Technologies Co to build a small cloud data centre is a feather in the cap of Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha and his Eastern Economic Corridor project. Huawei signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) on Friday, with the government's lead man on technology, Deputy Prime Minister Prajin Juntong looking on. The agreement states that Huawei will allocate US$10 million, or 330 million baht, a sign that the plan is to build a relatively small data centre.

  • OPINION

    No need to revisit dam

    News, Editorial, Published on 15/09/2016

    » Emotions are running high after the controversial Mae Wong dam project was dusted off amid reports it might be up for a possible fast-track approval through Section 44 of the interim charter. Extreme sentiments, however, do not lie at the heart of the matter regarding this large-scale project. It's data, and its careful consideration to determine whether the project is a worthy investment.

  • OPINION

    It's time to take care of our national parks

    News, Editorial, Published on 25/10/2015

    » The recent controversy over the encroachment on Phu Thap Boek mountain is simply another example of the uncontrolled growth of tourism in Thailand. In the past couple of years, many resorts and tourist lodges had sprung up at the top of Phu Thap Boek mountain in Phetchabun, which was originally meant to be preserved for Hmong resettlement and kept as a natural upstream habitat.

  • OPINION

    Authorities must face a new reality

    News, Editorial, Published on 23/08/2015

    » The Erawan bomber ghosted into the heart of Bangkok on Monday evening — took 20 lives in the blink of an eye — and disappeared just as swiftly into the night on the back of a motorcycle.

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