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  • OPINION

    Credibility lost over sub

    News, Editorial, Published on 26/04/2017

    » The handling of the purchase of submarines from China was extremely distasteful. By refusing even to tell the country what it was doing, the cabinet has raised several questions and reduced its credibility. The arrogant and unnecessary argument that "the public doesn't have to know everything" about cabinet proceedings is insulting.

  • OPINION

    Pokemon goes on run from state capture

    News, Kong Rithdee, Published on 13/08/2016

    » No, they will not ban Pokemon Go, though it's not hard to tell how tempting that idea must be in the post-referendum landscape where peace, order and national security have been constitutionally enshrined.

  • OPINION

    BBC not very convincing about station

    News, Erich Parpart, Published on 13/03/2017

    » Even though the government has insisted it was the BBC's own decision to not renew the 20-year lease of a major shortwave broadcast station for Asia in Nakhon Sawan, many see it as the latest jab that the junta has carefully landed on the face of the British broadcaster.

  • OPINION

    No painting over 'sin city'

    News, Editorial, Published on 25/02/2017

    » The bold declaration by a sustainable tourism organisation to turn Pattaya from "sin city" into a family entertainment destination has been greeted with disbelief. Some people told the organisation to be more realistic while others simply dismissed its vision as an April's Fool joke that came early this year.

  • OPINION

    There must be something about Hawaii

    News, Roger Crutchley, Published on 09/10/2016

    » The most reassuring news of the week was that the leader of a much-discussed Thai delegation to the US-Asean conference in Hawaii only ate noodles and rice aboard the chartered aircraft.

  • OPINION

    Navy's 'toys' indefensible

    Oped, Editorial, Published on 20/02/2017

    » Deputy Prime Minister Prawit Wongsuwon, the minister for defence, has confirmed the Royal Thai Navy will spend 13.5 billion baht for one Chinese-made submarine, delivery guaranteed in 2017. Plans to spend 27 billion baht for two additional subs have been approved in principle. It is a disappointing rejection of both public and expert opinion that opposes the long drawn-out plan to equip the navy with submarines on every conceivable ground imaginable.

  • OPINION

    Messing about with monsters in the park

    Oped, Roger Crutchley, Published on 25/09/2016

    » The most entertaining story of the week has been the round-up of monitor lizards in Lumpini Park, featuring diligent officials and a posse of perspiring newsmen stumbling about chasing after some 400 or so reptiles estimated to be residing in the park.

  • OPINION

    Bus service is a long way from 'special'

    News, Sirinya Wattanasukchai, Published on 28/09/2016

    » Riding a bus earlier this week gave me a new experience, and not a good one.

  • OPINION

    Facing the music on a desert island

    News, Roger Crutchley, Published on 05/02/2017

    » The daily news is so depressing it is time for a bit of unabashed escapism. Last weekend marked the 75th anniversary of Desert Island Discs, one of BBC Radio's most iconic programmes. The format involves celebrities being interviewed about their life and selecting eight records if castaway on a desert island. Each guest is allowed a book of their choice and an inanimate luxury.

  • OPINION

    16 facts about being Thai Chinese

    Guru, Pornchai Sereemongkonpol, Published on 27/01/2017

    » To mark Chinese New Year (Jan 28), let's take a look at the different sides of being Thai nationals of Chinese descent.

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