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    Lessons from history

    News, Postbag, Published on 16/04/2016

    » I have just finished reading the third novel in Robert Harris's brilliant trilogy based on the life of Cicero. It's about politicians who struggle to practise and defend democracy, but fail because of the corruptibility and greed of many of them. The politicians are divided, and some favour allowing the all-powerful general, Julius Caesar, to take control of the empire.

  • OPINION

    Rich pickings for police

    News, Postbag, Published on 21/08/2016

    » It was reported (BP, Aug 19) the Agricultural Land Reform Office is mulling what to do with two luxury mansions seized from two former police officers accused of unlawfully owning the land. One mansion was said to be worth over 35 million baht, while one plot of land is 535 rai.

  • OPINION

    Water solution urgent

    News, Postbag, Published on 10/03/2016

    » More than half of the provinces are currently at risk of running out of water for household use this year, yet Thailand is blessed with abundant rainfall.

  • OPINION

    Warren Buffett tumbles into 'The Confidence Trap'

    News, Published on 04/05/2016

    » Warren Buffett, chairman and chief executive of Berkshire Hathaway, is a confident man. Having built one of the greatest businesses in history, and having become one of the world's richest men in the process, he sees great prosperity in the rear-view mirror, and more of the same ahead.

  • OPINION

    Be it khon or khol, we share this heritage

    News, Ploenpote Atthakor, Published on 09/06/2016

    » The row over the khon/khol mask dance between Thailand and Cambodia epitomises the long-standing love-hate relationship between the two neighbours.

  • OPINION

    Decentralise, or Pracharath bound to fail

    News, Sanitsuda Ekachai, Published on 23/09/2015

    » When Thaksin Shinawatra was looking for innovative policies to launch his Thai Rak Thai Party, he looked for inspiration from activists leading social movements and was not disappointed. Universal health care and village funds became his landmark policy successes that subsequent governments could only try to outdo by pouring in more money to expand the programmes further.

  • OPINION

    Why China muzzled an internet sensation

    News, Adam Minter, Published on 26/04/2016

    » Last autumn, Papi Jiang, a 29-year-old graduate student in Beijing, began posting short, satirical and occasionally profane monologues about daily life in urban China to social media. Within a couple of months, she'd racked up tens of millions of views, earned nearly US$2 million (70 million baht) in private funding and raised hopes that online celebrities might offer a new revenue stream for China's internet companies. Then, last week, it all ended: Papi Jiang's videos abruptly disappeared.

  • OPINION

    There seems to be little to smile about

    News, Ploenpote Atthakor, Published on 11/01/2016

    » Let's smile. It's something the state, in particular the Culture Ministry, is promoting in a campaign on decent Thai values -- it wants to see the younger generation smile properly.

  • OPINION

    The real booze issue

    News, Postbag, Published on 04/03/2016

    » Re: "Activists demand big hike in booze taxes", (Online, March 2).

  • OPINION

    Stone dead

    News, Postbag, Published on 03/03/2016

    » Re: "Superstition the way?", (PostBag, March 2).

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