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    Poland pauses on march to autocracy

    News, Gwynne Dyer, Published on 27/07/2017

    » Zofia Romaszewska, now in her 80s, was jailed during the years of martial law in Poland in the early 1980s. She is a national hero for her human rights activities in the 1980s and is now one of President Andrzej Duda's advisers. Last week she persuaded him to veto the government's new laws on the courts.

  • OPINION

    Immigration fear not limited to UK

    News, John Lloyd, Published on 17/07/2017

    » Britain's intention to leave the European Union -- Brexit -- will greatly affect the rest of the world. It's not confined to the effect it will have on the British economy, even if that is likely to be major, nor on the adjustments the remaining 27 EU states must make.

  • OPINION

    Where to start on police reform challenge

    News, John Draper, Published on 24/07/2017

    » The 2017 constitution requires police reform within a year. With such a short time-frame, those working on the reform should take a look at recommendations made by the 2006-2007 Police Reform Committee (PRC) which are noteworthy, compared to the present version that suggests weak ideas including transferring the RTP to the Ministry of Justice, and blanket pay rises for all grades.

  • OPINION

    Macron falls back on old thinking

    News, Published on 06/07/2017

    » French President Emmanuel Macron has promised a dramatic departure from the recent past. France's youngest leader since Napoleon has brought in on his coat-tails a new generation of fresh-faced, young leaders, many of whom have never held political office before. And in his debut speech to both houses of France's parliament, Mr Macron reiterated his call for a new order -- a "veritable revolution", as he called it, to re-energise French politics.

  • OPINION

    Decentralisation a cure for education woes

    News, Sanitsuda Ekachai, Published on 22/06/2017

    » Is Thailand inching toward being a military state? We might get some clues from the photos of primary school children performing military drills that recently went viral on social media.

  • OPINION

    Strong headwinds lie ahead for 'ruthless' Macron

    News, John Lloyd, Published on 26/06/2017

    » We are beginning to glimpse what underpins Emmanuel Macron's success.

  • OPINION

    Blockchain test could change Russia

    News, Leonid Bershidsky, Published on 08/06/2017

    » Russian President Vladimir Putin and his economic team have long been under the impression that, to wean the country off its oil dependence, they needed a major leap in some specific area of technology that wasn't yet dominated by Western, Chinese or Japanese tech giants. Their latest hopes are being pegged to the Ethereum blockchain platform.

  • OPINION

    Military treats democracy like a video game

    News, Suranand Vejjajiva, Published on 13/06/2017

    » Our leaders handle politics as if it were a video game. There is a reset button. Everything can be reset to zero -- and we start all over again.

  • OPINION

    Education reform should start early

    News, Editorial, Published on 18/06/2017

    » Will the presence of international universities be a solution to help Thai higher education respond to the challenges that come with regional economic cooperation?

  • OPINION

    Thailand and the inequality challenges

    News, Published on 31/05/2017

    » Politicians, policymakers and members of the public have recently given much attention to the government's Thailand 4.0 economic model which aims to make the country ready for a digital economy. However, there remains a range of challenges that will impede the realisation of this lofty goal. Among them are the overall quality of Thailand's education, which is below the global average, as well as the growing inequality in the country's education system.

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