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    The art of the people

    News, Ploenpote Atthakor, Published on 23/06/2018

    » To mark the 1932 revolution, a crucial event in Thailand's modern history when a group of young soldiers and civilians brought about political transformation from absolute to constitutional monarchy, academic Chatri Prakitnontakan is putting together an exhibition, "Revolutionary Things", where he, together with fellow scholar Kittima Chareeprasit, will display rare objects relating to the historic change and reconceptualise them.

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    Respect rights of the Karen

    News, Editorial, Published on 16/06/2018

    » The lengthy legal battle between Karen forest dwellers and Kaeng Krachan National Park officials, which ended bitterly for the former on Tuesday, shed light on the need to add a human rights dimension to our top-down lawmaking and oppressive law enforcement on forest protection.

  • OPINION

    Breaking news: Pattaya to be 'livable'

    News, Roger Crutchley, Published on 10/06/2018

    » Most encouraging news of the week came on Wednesday when authorities announced a crackdown on crime in Pattaya which will finally make the city "livable". The somewhat quaintly named "Operation rooting out crime for a livable city" is admittedly a bit of a mouthful and we can only wish the boys in brown the best of luck. I mean, where do they start?

  • OPINION

    Baloney by any other name is still baloney

    News, Kavi Chongkittavorn, Published on 29/05/2018

    » It does not take long to find commonalities between US President Donald Trump's lies and Thai politics' platefuls of baloney. The same logic holds true for Mr Trump's war on the "deep state" and the outcry in Thailand over a "third hand" pulling the strings behind political happenings.

  • OPINION

    No police apology for monk's violent arrest

    News, Veera Prateepchaikul, Published on 28/05/2018

    » Nobody doubts why the Crime Suppression Division police had to make the arrest of Phra Buddha Isara, the abbot of Wat Or Noi in Nakhon Pathom, before dawn of May 24 at his living quarters on the temple grounds.

  • OPINION

    Quick-fix political remedies set us back years

    Oped, Voranai Vanijaka, Published on 14/05/2018

    » News media described it as a "shock", an "upset" and a "political earthquake" among other things. Few, if any, predicted it or expected it. But alas, the seemingly invincible populist regime with the mass working class as its support base is defeated in the national election. The victor? An opposition that's historically backed by the traditional establishment and urban elite.

  • OPINION

    Equality of chances should be goal

    News, Published on 23/04/2018

    » One startling figure about recent global growth is that 82% of all wealth created in the last year went to the top 1%. After focusing on economic growth for a number of decades, developed and developing countries alike have been increasingly concerned with equality.

  • OPINION

    English literacy just the tip of the iceberg

    News, Published on 21/04/2018

    » An ambitious initiative being planned by the Thai Ministry of Education to place thousands of young foreign teachers in rural schools across Thailand has the potential to dramatically improve English-language abilities. However, quality control is likely to prove problematic, as is culture shock. In addition, students in rural communities face myriad educational challenges far beyond foreign language proficiency, which restrict equality of opportunity.

  • OPINION

    Peeving Putin: Making Latvian society less Russian

    News, Gwynne Dyer, Published on 07/04/2018

    » Lots of countries have two or more official languages: Canada (two), Belgium (three), Switzerland (four), South Africa (11), India (23) and so on. They all have trouble balancing the competing demands of the various language groups. But Latvia has only one official language, and it has a bigger problem than any of them.

  • OPINION

    Major parties in battle to repel NCPO attack

    News, Suranand Vejjajiva, Published on 04/04/2018

    » At the end of March, 97 political groups applied to be registered as political parties. Come April, public attention has turned to existing political parties whose party members are required to reconfirm their membership status. These are some of the steps the military regime under the National Council for Peace and Order (NCPO) has taken to manipulate our politics ahead of the election next year.

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