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  • OPINION

    Study tax haven benefits

    News, Editorial, Published on 01/04/2019

    » The March 24 election saw all political parties, with the hope of winning the hearts and minds of voters, making ambitious promises to turn Thailand into a welfare state. Some pledges were seen as plain populism, including cash handouts for having babies, an increase in the minimum wages for workers, debt suspension for farmers, as well as boosting allowances for old people.

  • OPINION

    China's BRI push marred by trust deficit

    News, Kavi Chongkittavorn, Published on 02/04/2019

    » As China's economic and political clout grows by the day, Europe finds it increasingly difficult to develop an overall approach with dual objectives -- one that does not undermine its unity or upset its ally across the Atlantic, the US. Some European Union members want to take a tougher stand against China due to its limited market access, while others are concerned about possible security threats posed by China's sophisticated 5G network.

  • OPINION

    Inconvenient truth of 'getting off' in Thailand

    News, Sirinya Wattanasukchai, Published on 30/03/2019

    » This week, Thailand's tourism industry received a special promotion from one of the world's largest low-budget airlines, in a way that never would have been expected.

  • OPINION

    Forests cannot grow on state violence

    News, Sanitsuda Ekachai, Published on 16/03/2019

    » Millions of forest dwellers will soon be subjected to more severe state repression than Thai Muslims in the deep South under the suffocating emergency law.

  • OPINION

    Street vendors' fate a hot issue as poll looms

    News, Sirinya Wattanasukchai, Published on 15/03/2019

    » During general election season, anything is possible. All of a sudden, the city's street food vendors, who were considered as "nobodies" -- if not, a nuisance -- in the eyes of state authorities, have now become the darlings of politicians vying for state office, with each promising to allow them to return to where they once hawked their products.

  • OPINION

    Si Thep Park needs a voice

    News, Editorial, Published on 06/03/2019

    » It beggars belief how a proposal to dig for oil 100 metres from one of the country's most significant archaeological buildings is close to being green-lighted.

  • OPINION

    A plea for peace

    Life, Karnjana Karnjanatawe, Published on 04/03/2019

    » The travel advisory has been issued for years to warn visitors to avoid travelling to the Deep South where periodic violence occurs in Yala, Pattani, Narathiwat and sometimes Hat Yai in Songkhla province.

  • OPINION

    Too many booze bans

    News, Editorial, Published on 21/02/2019

    » In another desperate bid to curb the high alcohol consumption blamed for road traffic deaths, health authorities have come up with an idea to ban booze sales on Songkran Day on April 13 every year.

  • OPINION

    Autocratic bureaucracy is killing us

    News, Sanitsuda Ekachai, Published on 18/02/2019

    » Big business won. Again. We should not be surprised nor disappointed at the government's decision to support the weed killer paraquat which poisons the environment and makes us sick. We should be angry.

  • OPINION

    Listen to needs of Moken sea gypsies

    News, Paskorn Jumlongrach, Published on 15/02/2019

    » While the state deserves praises for swiftly acting to rebuild the Moken community in Ao Bon Yai on the Surin Islands that was devastated by a recent fire, the government should try to move beyond "conventional" charity affairs and focus on the dignity, the quality of lives, and the actual needs of indigenous communities.

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