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  • OPINION

    Asia gets its kicks

    Asia focus, Erich Parpart, Published on 18/06/2018

    » There was no shortage of excitement in the world last week, what with Donald Trump and Kim Jong-un shaking hands and pledging to work toward peace on the Korean Peninsula. But the number of people tuning in to the "summit of the century" was probably eclipsed two days later when the World Cup kicked off in Russia.

  • OPINION

    The empty chairs of Buri Ram

    News, Alan Dawson, Published on 13/05/2018

    » The general prime minister packed his kit for yet another two-day trip to the provinces, an adoring welcome and ownership of every front page in his country.

  • OPINION

    Winnie Mandela: A lifetime of struggle and scandal

    News, Christopher Torchia, Published on 04/04/2018

    » Even the name given to Winnie Madikizela-Mandela at birth -- Nomzamo, "one who undergoes trials" -- foretold a life of struggle.

  • OPINION

    Spoken crime tells the tale of two singers

    News, Kong Rithdee, Published on 31/03/2018

    » In a rare ruling, on Thursday the Criminal Court acquitted firebrand and former-singer Tom Dundee in a lese majeste case. He actually pleaded guilty, but in a legal paradox that is as baffling as it is mitigating, the court said it could not rule against the defendant despite his guilty plea since the prosecution failed to provide substantial evidence.

  • OPINION

    From business to sports, saving the shrinking middle

    News, Published on 28/03/2018

    » There was a time when many regarded being in the middle of the distribution -- socially, politically, and in the business world -- as a favourable, stabilising and desirable outcome. From the anchoring role in society of the middle class to the agility and resilience of mid-size firms, the middle was seen as consistent with both individual and collective well-being. Yet, in recent years, the middle has become less stable, less predictable, and more elusive, and its primacy -- in economics, politics, business, asset management and even sports -- has become increasingly unsustainable.

  • OPINION

    What Italy's power crash means for the EU: It's all bad

    News, John Lloyd, Published on 07/03/2018

    » Power has crashed down in Italy -- in two senses.

  • OPINION

    Elections, corruption and Thai democracy

    News, Thitinan Pongsudhirak, Published on 16/02/2018

    » People at home and abroad are calling for elections in Thailand on the premise of returning democracy to a country that has been under nearly four years of military government. But elections cannot bring genuine democracy if blatant corruption rears its head in open daylight with utter impunity. No doubt elections will be needed to get rid of the current set of military rulers but democracy in Thailand requires the strengthening of its democratic institutions that are so shoddy and woeful.

  • OPINION

    Somyot in very hot water

    Oped, Editorial, Published on 09/02/2018

    » Based on his media interviews, ex-national police chief Somyot Poompunmuang’s explanation about a 300-million-baht loan he claimed he received from the owner of Victoria’s Secret Massage parlour seems pretty shameless. And unfortunately, it has done little to provide legitimate reasons over why he decided to accept the money and form a close friendship with someone who runs such a shady business. Pol Gen Somyot said he started borrowing money from Kampol Wirathepsuporn, the fugitive owner recently accused of human trafficking and other illicit activities, in October 2014. As the then, newly appointed national top cop, Pol Gen Somyot should have distanced himself from such an ethically dubious loan.

  • OPINION

    Somyot loans expose patronage roots

    News, Soonruth Bunyamanee, Published on 07/02/2018

    » The admission of former national police chief Somyot Poompunmuang that he borrowed 300 million baht from a fugitive massage parlour tycoon reminds us how deeply the patronage system is entrenched in Thai society.

  • OPINION

    Good sports, bad sports

    News, Editorial, Published on 07/02/2018

    » The Winter Olympic Games begin on Friday at Pyeongchang in eastern South Korea. There has been plenty of good news around this biennial, international gathering. Thailand will have four competitors in the skiing competition. That puts the emphasis on the Olympics as an event of peace and participation, as well as competition. Unexpectedly, North Korea decided at the last moment to join and to participate in the Pyeongchang Games.

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