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  • OPINION

    When religion is law

    News, Postbag, Published on 11/01/2020

    » Re: "Concentric Mideast wars and prospects", (Opinion, Jan 10).

  • OPINION

    Plastic bag ban fails to send the right message

    News, Sirinya Wattanasukchai, Published on 10/01/2020

    » Thais always have a great sense of humour. Just take a look at the campaign to ban the use of single-use plastic bags at convenience stores and supermarkets which kicked off on Jan 1. On the first day, a number of shoppers heartily turned up at stores with unconventional containers such as buckets and pushcarts to load their purchases. Some of these images were shared on social media and garnered a number of smiles.

  • OPINION

    Concentric Mideast wars and prospects

    News, Thitinan Pongsudhirak, Published on 10/01/2020

    » Nothing captures attention in an age of media saturation like the talk of war. The recent decision by US President Donald Trump to assassinate a top Iranian official, Quds Force Commander Major General Qassem Soleimani, has conjured up the spectre of a wider conflict encompassing not just the Middle East but the broader world, as Iran's top leaders deemed it "an act of war" and vowed "severe revenge". Although Iran's military and its proxy militias and client states in the Middle East and elsewhere are poised to exact retribution for their loss, we are unlikely to see a world war in the immediate aftermath of this killing.

  • OPINION

    Threats have run course

    News, Editorial, Published on 10/01/2020

    » Running events have gained popularity in Thailand recently and the authorities have always supported them. However, once they started carrying a political message against the prime minister, the authorities have done what they should not do. Over the past week, reports have emerged about alleged intimidation by the police and other officials against organisers of the Run Against Dictatorship events, also known as Wing Lai Lung, to be held this Sunday in Bangkok and various provinces.

  • OPINION

    Beijing must back off in Natuna

    News, Published on 10/01/2020

    » The year 2020 kicked off with not-so-good news for Indonesia. Floods battered Jakarta, causing heavy casualties. Then the country's North Natuna Sea saw a fleet of vessels from China carrying out illegal fishing operations in an area designated as Indonesia's exclusive economic zone (EEZ).

  • OPINION

    Tradition corrupts

    News, Postbag, Published on 10/01/2020

    » Re: "Set kids a good example", (Editorial, Jan 9).

  • OPINION

    Rich get richer, poor get the picture

    News, Wichit Chantanusornsiri, Published on 09/01/2020

    » This year the new land and building tax law takes effect with the new tax regime hardly affecting ordinary people who do not own second homes. It rather effects super rich people who have owned land in amounts so vast that they would have to spend a good part of their life if they wanted to walk around every plot of their land.

  • OPINION

    Set kids a good example

    News, Editorial, Published on 09/01/2020

    » Most, if not all, children are looking forward to a big day this Saturday when the country celebrates National Children's Day.

  • OPINION

    Respect labour rights to avert sanction

    News, Published on 08/01/2020

    » Apart from the baht getting stronger, Thai exports will suffer another big blow when the United States cuts Thailand's duty-free trade privileges due to the poor protection of workers' rights.

  • OPINION

    Vietnam's dual foreign policy strategy

    News, Kavi Chongkittavorn, Published on 07/01/2020

    » Finally, Vietnam has fulfilled its long-held dream of becoming a non-permanent member of the UN Security Council (2020-2021) at the same time as the country chairs 10-member Asean. These dual strategies have high diplomatic value in propelling Vietnam to become a leading member in the future Indo-Pacific scheme of things.

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