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  • OPINION

    Core lesson we teach kids? Hypocrisy

    News, Published on 18/12/2019

    » As the year comes to an end, many of us are looking forward to a bonus, holidays and new resolutions. Looking ahead, two Saturdays after 2020 arrives, we will have yet another celebration -- wan dek or National Children's Day (NCD). Adults take pride in making this day memorable for children. Traditional activities and perks for kids include an opportunity to sit in the prime minister's chair at Government House (which I did years ago), breathtaking airshows by the Royal Thai Air Force, free gifts and privileged entry to zoos and museums. What a day to be a kid!

  • OPINION

    Migrant workers remain largely unaccepted: study

    News, Published on 18/12/2019

    » On Dec 18, 2000, the international community adopted the International Convention on the Protection of the Rights of All Migrant Workers and Members of their Families. Thus, today we mark what is now known as International Migrants Day. In the 19 years since the convention, we have made it easier to move around our connected world. We have proven that migrant workers make huge financial contributions to the societies they are from and the societies they work in. Women migrant workers especially catalyse large changes at home through their remittances.

  • OPINION

    Dynamism needed

    News, Postbag, Published on 18/12/2019

    » I don't look forward to street demonstrations, but it has become apparent that our leaders don't have the mindset necessary to face the challenges that are facing Thailand.

  • OPINION

    Will the Empire strike back at the Skywalkers?

    News, Atiya Achakulwisut, Published on 17/12/2019

    » The dark spectre of street politics has returned to a deeply polarised society, as the ruling conservatives try to hold on to their unstable coalition over a feast of shark fin soup.

  • OPINION

    Cambodia can swing Asean-EU ties

    News, Kavi Chongkittavorn, Published on 17/12/2019

    » As the host of the upcoming 13th Asia-Europe Meeting (Asem) next November, Cambodia could be by default the catalyst that will define the future of Asean-EU relations -- for better or worse. At this juncture, it is a toss-up because the EU is contemplating various measures to reprimand Cambodia for its political oppression, land grabbing and disrespect of the human rights of politicians, labour unions, media and farmers. Rubbing salt into the wounds, Cambodia with its close friendship with China has added an extra-thick layer of anxieties among the EU strategists.

  • OPINION

    Grateful to be here

    News, Postbag, Published on 17/12/2019

    » New rallies are the worst medicine for Thailand. Tourism and the economy are declining and unemployment is increasing.

  • OPINION

    Our lagging climate effort

    News, Editorial, Published on 17/12/2019

    » As the 25th annual United Nations Climate Change Conference drew to a close in Madrid on Sunday, optimism was replaced by a grim realisation that humanity is falling further behind in the race to save our planet.

  • OPINION

    NACC opaque as ever

    News, Editorial, Published on 16/12/2019

    » As an anti-graft agency, the National Anti-Corruption Commission (NACC) under its current leadership has been widely criticised for not doing enough to probe corruption allegations against certain members of the former military junta and the military. Few, however, would expect the NACC would recognise the army as the country's most transparent agency. But it did last week in a debut of its transparency rankings of state agencies.

  • OPINION

    Death of democracy

    News, Postbag, Published on 16/12/2019

    » It seems to me that Thailand and the US have the same problem in that their justice personnel are not unbiased or impartial. Both countries have reached a point where the followers of two political sides refuse to accept any decision made by a member of the opposition. In these cases, where a neutral judicial system is badly needed, we are finding judges that were selected for their party political opinion and owe their jobs to the chief.

  • OPINION

    Disagree, you get mutilated

    Oped, Postbag, Published on 15/12/2019

    » Re: “Free speech still illegal”, (PostBag, Dec 13).

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