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    Unabated madness

    News, Postbag, Published on 15/04/2016

    » Here in Pattaya, Songkran apparently started on Tuesday on Beach Road but unfortunately it has also started to infect the roads back from the sea. Foreigners are roaming the streets and dominating the bars firing high-powered water guns into the faces of motorcyclists.

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    Blessing in disguise?

    News, Postbag, Published on 29/03/2016

    » With the failure of negotiations with the Chinese government, the junta plans to drastically chop the length of the delayed Thai-Sino high-speed train to just a third of the original plan.

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    Sanctioned deaths

    News, Postbag, Published on 25/02/2016

    » In your editorial "Officials in a haze", (BP, Feb 23), concerning the smoke haze in northern Thailand that has been increasing since 2007, you pin most of the blame on large agro-companies burning vegetated land to clear it for corn plantations, and the accompanying ill-effects on people's health.

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    Liberalise lease laws

    News, Postbag, Published on 29/01/2016

    » An argument often heard in Thailand is that to extend leases or grant ownership rights to foreigners would betray sensitivity to the history of colonisation in Southeast Asia. But Thailand has not been subject to colonisation and is seldom seen to be overly sensitive to its neighbours' problems or transgressions, unless they directly impact the kingdom.

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    Same story with Tibet

    News, Postbag, Published on 26/02/2016

    » Re: "China not in the wrong", (PostBag, Feb 25).

  • News & article

    Prayut losing his cool

    News, Postbag, Published on 31/03/2016

    » Re: "PM says he won't take more jibes" (BP, March 29).

  • News & article

    No adjusting the data

    News, Postbag, Published on 06/04/2016

    » Based on the size and scope of the Panama Papers leak and the fact that it will keep investigators busy for years, it undoubtedly deserves the acronym PPL.

  • News & article

    Define 'referendum'

    News, Postbag, Published on 13/04/2016

    » Re: "State spies out on prowl for referendum mischief", (BP, April 11).

  • News & article

    Having it both ways

    News, Postbag, Published on 18/02/2016

    » The Bangkok Post reported on Tuesday that monks demonstrating at Phutthamonthon have made two demands: Firstly, that Buddhism be declared the official state religion in the new constitution, and, secondly, that the prime minister should stop government agencies from interfering in matters relating to the monastic community.

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    Publicity never bad

    News, Postbag, Published on 16/02/2016

    » Thanks for your brave attempt at clarifying what bridge is and is not (Life, Feb 15). One of the unintended consequences of the saga is that the Pattaya bridge club, small by international standards, is now the most famous in the entire world, with several hundred newspaper and TV reports and tens of thousands of comments on blogsites talking about it. The tale has also made Jeremy Watson (the organiser) and myself (the founder, in 1994) the best-known bridge players throughout the five continents even though our standards sadly fall short of the brilliance usually required for notoriety.

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