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  • OPINION

    Decentralise, or Pracharath bound to fail

    News, Sanitsuda Ekachai, Published on 23/09/2015

    » When Thaksin Shinawatra was looking for innovative policies to launch his Thai Rak Thai Party, he looked for inspiration from activists leading social movements and was not disappointed. Universal health care and village funds became his landmark policy successes that subsequent governments could only try to outdo by pouring in more money to expand the programmes further.

  • OPINION

    Welcome end to mobile traffic checkpoints

    Veera Prateepchaikul, Published on 09/10/2015

    » Random checkpoint, flying checkpoint, mobile checkpoint, temporary roadblock, call it what you will, they all serve just one purpose -- to squeeze money from road users, and motorcyclists in particular.

  • OPINION

    Release move just one step

    News, Editorial, Published on 21/07/2015

    » The military regime has ordered the release from prison of former terrorist leader, Sama-ae Thanam. Other releases may follow. Now 63, Sama-ae has vowed to help reconciliation efforts and establish peace across the deep South. Once the leader of the military wing of the so-called Patani United Liberation Front (Pulo), he was captured in Malaysia in 1988, extradited and later jailed on terrorism charges in 1997. Authorities not only believe he is no longer a threat but could help peace efforts in the restive southern provinces.

  • OPINION

    Biodiversity gains await

    News, Editorial, Published on 10/07/2015

    » Thailand's rich biodiversity has been largely untapped. To blame is a consistent lack of policy support for research and development into Thai plants and herbs for their medicinal values. Such R&D could yield huge economic benefits for the country. 

  • OPINION

    Robbing from the rich, but giving to whom?

    Life, Parisa Pichitmarn, Published on 26/09/2014

    » Life has meaning again, now that Downton Abbey has returned to our TV screens, its fifth season beginning last Sunday. Its otherworldly visuals continue to draw me in, with the upstairs goings-on of the aristocrats and the downstairs drama among the servants still as captivating as ever. I actually have to remind myself every time I watch an episode that people from another continent in this world of ours actually lived like this less than 100 years ago: that cooks had to dine separately from the rest of the servants in a stately home; that members of the upper class changed clothes as often as five times a day; that it was inconceivable that a proper lady or gentleman would have to perform actual work to earn a living.

  • OPINION

    Take war to drug czars

    News, Published on 12/05/2015

    » The latest renewal of the battle against illicit drugs is both welcome and lamentably incomplete. Justice Minister Paiboon Koomchaya has officially kicked off another stage of the Safe Mekong Joint Operation. Thailand and three neighbours sharing the river will step up operations against both makers and smugglers in the Mekong corridor. Meanwhile, authorities have finally launched campaigns to stifle the rampant drug-dealing from within prisons. As usual, promises to help the victims of drug trafficking are left behind.

  • OPINION

    Not only protesters, the farmers too

    Veera Prateepchaikul, Published on 24/12/2013

    » The festive season is already here with the New Year just a week away and many office workers anxiously anticipating their year-end bonus. Even government officials are to get a bonus – thanks to the extraordinary generosity of the government and despite the fact that it is broke.

  • OPINION

    A missing piece sinks the boating party

    News, Roger Crutchley, Published on 14/12/2014

    » If you want to briefly escape into a world blissfully free of smartphones, tweets, corruption and crooked cops, you can always try tackling a jigsaw. It's very old fashioned, of course, but can be quite therapeutic.

  • OPINION

    Feb 2 election is not the solution

    Veera Prateepchaikul, Published on 10/01/2014

    » For the moment at least, the Feb 2 election is still on. Whether it will be held on schedule, or at all, remains the big question - there are many reasons why it should not.

  • OPINION

    Today's a great day to turn over a new leaf

    Life, Patcharawalai Sanyanusin, Published on 08/10/2014

    » Today is Wan Awk Phansa,the official end of Phansa (Buddhist Lent). It falls on the full moon day of the 11th month in the traditional lunar calendar and marks the conclusion of a three-month annual retreat during which Theravada monks are obliged to stay in their monasteries and engage in intensive meditation and reflection.

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