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  • NEWS

    Apirat urged to remain neutral

    News, Published on 20/02/2019

    » Politicians demanded Tuesday that the army chief remain neutral in the lead-up to the March 24 general election after he rebuked them for calling for defence budget cuts and revived an anti-communist song as a sign of his military fervour.

  • OPINION

    Asean media under attack

    News, Editorial, Published on 22/01/2018

    » A free press is the key test of whether a nation has true freedom of speech. Across the region, every country is failing the test. In communist Vietnam and all the way to the resurgent army controllers in Myanmar, governments are arresting, imprisoning and strongly intimidating the media.

  • OPINION

    Resettlement plan a sham

    News, Editorial, Published on 13/12/2017

    » Myanmar's government has unveiled a plan to repatriate Rohingya refugees from Bangladesh. In essence, the government of Aung San Suu Kyi, in what is known as a "phased return", will allow some returnees, beginning early next year, but not to their original villages, homes and land. It will build camps to "resettle" the Rohingya indefinitely. As the United Nations' refugee organisation and key international groups have said, the plan is unacceptable.

  • OPINION

    Hopes for nuke deal not over yet

    News, Published on 04/03/2019

    » North Korean state media on Friday brushed over the lack of a summit deal for leader Kim Jong-un and US President Donald Trump, focusing on constructive talks and signalling Pyongyang was not about to walk away from negotiations.

  • OPINION

    Stop press intimidation

    News, Editorial, Published on 02/01/2018

    » The Thai Journalists Association wound up the year by issuing a depressing statement. It rated 2017 as yet another year where the free press was regulated and intimidated by the military government. The TJA said the regime hinders the media by restricting freedom of expression. And it says this causes public harm by not allowing examination and by barring criticism of the junta, collectively and individually.

  • OPINION

    Hypocrisy on abortion

    News, Editorial, Published on 21/11/2017

    » The arrest of a nurse for providing abortions in Nakhon Ratchasima should serve as a wake-up call on this important social issue. Suwanna Kaewsawang, 56, a certified health care professional, was charged with operating an abortion service in her converted apartment. While her legal case continues, it is clear that officials of the Ministry of Public Health -- who directed the police raid -- are far behind the curve on a subject no one really wants to talk about, but must.

  • OPINION

    Generals of the elite

    News, Postbag, Published on 23/11/2017

    » The Nov 19 editorial, "Anti-poverty drive needs political will", says it all.

  • OPINION

    Liu's legacy will live on

    News, Editorial, Published on 15/07/2017

    » Even though the totalitarian rulers of China might have succeeded in preventing Chinese Nobel Peace Prize laureate Liu Xiaobo from living longer, they will find it hard to prevent people in China and elsewhere from keeping the legacy of the human rights and democracy advocate alive.

  • OPINION

    Myanmar must open up

    News, Editorial, Published on 04/07/2017

    » Myanmar authorities continue to take actions that ultimately harm both the country and its image. Last week, the army, which is behind the times in helping the country to democracy, arrested three journalists for doing their jobs. Then the government, which should know better, issued a defiant statement that it was banning all United Nations investigators. There was no good reason for either action, and they are black marks on democracy hero Aung San Suu Kyi's government.

  • OPINION

    Stop silencing the people

    News, Editorial, Published on 22/07/2017

    » Army chief Chalermchai Sittisart's recent decision to dismiss a call by 176 Thai and foreign academics for a relaxation or cessation of the rules that stop people from expressing their civil rights -- for example the ban on political gatherings -- comes as no surprise.

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