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  • OPINION

    Yingluck on grand tour of the armed forces

    News, Wassana Nanuam, Published on 12/01/2012

    » The visits to the headquarters of all three armed forces last month was just the beginning of a campaign by Defence Minister Yutthasak Sasiprapa aimed at boosting the image of Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra.

  • OPINION

    Bangkok Today Columnist Phya Mai

    News, Published on 12/01/2012

    » Pheu Thai Party leaders must have the courage to push for constitutional amendments. This is a promise they gave voters during their campaign in last year's general election.

  • OPINION

    Outside the box

    Life, Anchalee Kongrut, Published on 13/01/2012

    » I do not know whether youngsters are still excited by "Kam Kwan Wan Dek" slogans of National Children's Day.

  • OPINION

    Give our kids a better deal

    News, Published on 13/01/2012

    » If children are the country's future, what lies ahead could indeed be grim when one child in every three comes from vulnerable and high-risk groups. We are talking about five million children under 15 years of age across the country. If this is not a cause for concern when the country observes Children's Day tomorrow, what is?

  • OPINION

    Why development aid is never near enough

    News, Published on 13/01/2012

    » Poverty is not only about not having enough money. It is also about exploitation and oppression, and about armed conflicts and wars that make it impossible to run a business, visit the doctor, or send children to school. In short, poverty is about politics _ and the need to devise political solutions to its underlying causes. And this involves more than providing money.

  • OPINION

    The implications of Burma's progress

    News, Thitinan Pongsudhirak, Published on 13/01/2012

    » Watching Burma's ongoing progress towards democratic reforms and political dialogue from afar is like seeing sprinkling rain turning into a light downpour after a long drought over two decades. It is a spectacular and stunning sight thus far, partly because the long drought stirred pent-up demands and grievances for ways forward.

  • OPINION

    We have funny time together!

    Guru, Sumati Sivasiamphai, Published on 13/01/2012

    » Given my dodgy grammar skills and occasional misspelling of my own name, you probably would never have guessed that I used to be an English teacher. That's right, before I started putting commas in all the wrong places in this esteemed magazine, I contributed to destroying our nation's language abilities, one subject-verb disagreement at a time.

  • OPINION

    A serious side to child's play

    News, Published on 14/01/2012

    » Youngsters often complain that adults don't understand them, or that their views and opinions are rarely listened to or valued. Another pet peeve is being talked down to and denied respect. The role models they are told to look up to often turn out to be hypocrites who say one thing but do another. And the fault-finding doesn't end there. Some adults also gripe about the difficulty of interacting with the younger generation. Such intolerance is hard to understand, given that they were also young once.

  • OPINION

    Wear black to mourn Ministry of Education

    News, Published on 14/01/2012

    » Re: ''Give our kids a better deal'' (BP, Editorial, Jan 13). As today is Children's Day, it must have been coincidental that the Bangkok Post's editorial highlighted the fact that a third of Thailand's 15 million youths are failing through the cracks.

  • OPINION

    Does a coyote-dancing gay monk spell end of Buddhism?

    News, Arglit Boonyai, Published on 14/01/2012

    » The ear-slapping customs official abusing his power at Suvarnabhumi Airport was not the only act of inappropriate behaviour caught on camera this week. Video footage of a man dancing like a Soi Cowboy coyote dancer has also been circulated through social networking sites and the Thai media.

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