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    Rouhani has most to lose from strife

    News, Published on 04/01/2018

    » Iranian authorities are concerned that nationwide unrest will undermine the clerical establishment and want to stamp out the protests quickly, senior government officials say. But the person with the most to lose is President Hassan Rouhani.

  • OPINION

    Forget New Year gifts, we want real reform

    News, Paritta Wangkiat, Published on 22/12/2017

    » As the year draws to a close, it has become a tradition that the Prayut Chan-o-cha government prepares New Year's gifts for the people. Maybe the prime minister really wants the people to be happy, but many see it as a desperate effort to boost the regime's popularity.

  • OPINION

    DSI's shot to the foot

    News, Editorial, Published on 26/12/2017

    » The Department of Special Investigation (DSI) was conceived and promoted as the nation's most elite, incorruptible and trustworthy arm of law enforcement. In recent weeks, the force has met none of those standards. An investigation by the "regular" police has turned up astounding evidence against the DSI. It not only indicates gross incompetence. It occurred in one of the most important criminal investigations, a case that concerns the entire public.

  • OPINION

    About politics

    News, Published on 09/12/2017

    » Sceptics see 'arms cache' as another ruse to delay the election v Thaksin's son claims clan are done with politics but uncle still galvanising the Pheu Thai Party v Pundits believe fraternal bonds played a key role in saving interior minister's neck  

  • OPINION

    Asian liberals, democrats must fight back

    News, Abhisit Vejjajava, Published on 10/12/2017

    » Almost 25 years ago, when leading liberals and democrats around the region decided to establish the Council of Asian Liberals and Democrats (CALD), there was optimism about the prospects of democratisation in Asia.

  • OPINION

    Shepherding people, not sacrificial lambs

    News, Wasant Techawongtham, Published on 02/12/2017

    » Sacrifice is such a noble word. It denotes high-mindedness, the act of giving up something treasured for another thing of a greater value.

  • OPINION

    Thai education system fails to pass the test, says Unesco report

    News, Published on 19/11/2017

    » Unesco's latest report on Thailand's education system is a disappointment for the government and Thai people as a whole. However, the report can be seen as a genuine wake-up call for the government in terms of what it can do to improve our education system.

  • OPINION

    Future looks bleak for Grace Mugabe

    News, Gwynne Dyer, Published on 21/11/2017

    » 'Someone, anyone, with close links, please make sure Uncle Bob reads the correct speech ... Old man reads the 2013 inauguration speech and we're in kak for another five years," tweeted Mubaiwa Bandambira just before Zimbabwe's beleaguered president, Robert Mugabe, went on television with what was supposed to be his resignation speech. After all, Mr Mugabe is 93 years old, and he has read the wrong speech before.

  • OPINION

    Beijing's major economic risk could be education

    News, Christopher Balding, Published on 21/11/2017

    » Chinese President Xi Jinping recently laid out a bold vision for transforming his country into a fully developed economy by 2050, with a particular emphasis on spurring innovation and technology. Given China's current level of human capital -- and some looming changes in the world economy -- that may be harder than he expects.

  • OPINION

    'Coconut shell' students find their voice

    News, Ploenpote Atthakor, Published on 13/11/2017

    » Over the weekend, a group of Suankularb School students involved in a parade during a traditional football match found themselves in hot water for their thought-provoking political satire.

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