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  • OPINION

    A look back at another 'amazing' year

    News, Roger Crutchley, Published on 31/12/2017

    » It is customary at this time of the year to take a not too serious look back on the past 12 months, although there are some events you may well prefer to forget. If nothing else it will serve as a reminder that Thailand will always be Truly Amazing.

  • OPINION

    Perils of police reform

    News, Postbag, Published on 08/07/2017

    » I'm glad that PM Prayut Chan-o-cha is reforming the police at long last, but he shouldn't reinvent the wheel. In 2006, then-prime minister Gen Surayud Chulanont, former army chief and member of our beloved King Rama IX's Privy Council, appointed retired Pol Gen Vasit Dejkunjorn, former chief of police, to head a distinguished commission for this very purpose.

  • OPINION

    Taking a strong stance on doughnuts

    News, Roger Crutchley, Published on 22/04/2018

    » It was Oscar Wilde who famously observed "the only way to get rid of temptation is to yield to it," which is my excuse for munching on a free doughnut proffered by staffers at a bakery in Bangkok last week. It was only a little one and wasn't that tasty -- too much sugar -- but I still scoffed it down, quietly cursing Mr Wilde's seductive bon mot.

  • OPINION

    How Thai Chinese are you?

    Guru, Pornchai Sereemongkonpol, Published on 16/02/2018

    » As the editor (and the Thai-Chinese token of this magazine), I would like to celebrate Chinese New Year with a fun test to gauge how Thai-Chinese you are. I mean, according to Theraphan Luangthomkun's Language, Nation And Development In Southeast Asia, it was estimated that there are about 26 million Thais of full or partial Chinese descent. So, Happy Chinese New Year to about 40% of the Thai population, I guess.

  • OPINION

    Suu Kyi should heed Pope's suggestion on UN role

    News, Larry Jagan, Published on 04/12/2017

    » Pope Francis' visit to Myanmar last week was an overwhelming success and may provide the much needed spark to ignite the government's peace process and its efforts to bring reconciliation to the country's violence-torn western region of Rakhine. The Pope's message was loud and clear: the only way forward for Myanmar was "love and peace", the title used for his visit.

  • OPINION

    PostBag

    News, Postbag, Published on 23/03/2017

    » Re: "DLT proposes study on legalising Uber", (BP, March 22).

  • OPINION

    Very slow learners

    News, Postbag, Published on 09/09/2017

    » In his Sept 8 letter Songdej Praditsmanon writes that student Netiwit Chotiphatphaisal "was already condemned by fair-minded individuals and cursed by many alumni" but what he doesn't explain is why. To some of us simple minded non-Chula graduates it appears that Mr Netiwit has clearly understood the message from King Rama V given in 1873 when he expressed "the necessity of rebuilding a more equal relationship between different groups in society". What isn't apparent is that the administrators running the university have understood this message and taken steps to advance these opinions.

  • OPINION

    City clean-up is becoming a waste of space

    News, Sirinya Wattanasukchai, Published on 25/05/2017

    » In just three years, a number of pavements and public areas in Bangkok have been reclaimed and tidied up, thanks to the Bangkok Metropolitan Administration's (BMA) "clean-up campaign", which was backed by the military regime. But whether these spots really serve the needs of Bangkok residents remains in doubt.

  • OPINION

    Choose friends wisely

    News, Postbag, Published on 24/02/2016

    » Even though I am a part-time resident of this beautiful country, I feel an urge to speak about the role by the present government to protect the wishes of a majority of Thai people who just want a better life.

  • OPINION

    Which street is the Gettysburg Address?

    News, Roger Crutchley, Published on 30/10/2016

    » Most Americans are aware of the Gettysburg Address, one of the most famous speeches ever given in American history, delivered by President Abraham Lincoln in 1863 at the height of the civil war.

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