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  • OPINION

    Why shark fin soup is sinful

    Life, Anchalee Kongrut, Published on 20/01/2012

    » Little by little, Chinese New Year, an event once celebrated here solely by people of Chinese ancestry, has become part of mainstream culture. Many Thais now don red shirts (and not for political reasons) at this time of year and perform rituals such as giving one's house a thorough spring-cleaning before Chinese New Year's Eve and not doing any household chores during the festival period.

  • OPINION

    An enlightening perspective

    News, Published on 05/02/2012

    » With regard to the controversy raging over Section 112, this quote from Voltaire is quite is relevant: "I do not agree with what you have to say, but I'll defend to the death your right to say it." Provided what you say is not in conflict with the current law, I might add.

  • OPINION

    Tapping into prison phones

    News, Published on 06/02/2012

    » It is probably impossible to imagine a more complicated proposal to fight drug traffickers than the one put forward by authorities during the weekend. Certainly, it could serve as the plot for a movie or Sunday evening soap opera comedy. The source of the plot is Deputy Prime Minister Chalerm Yubamrung, but there are numerous other players.

  • OPINION

    Baan Muang Editorial

    News, Published on 06/02/2012

    » Why does Thai society believe that corruption is acceptable? A recent Abac Poll by Assumption University in Bangkok revealed that 64% of Thais think corruption is OK if the country or themselves benefit in some way from it. Of greater concern is the fact that nearly 73% of high school and university students endorse this view.

  • OPINION

    A need to be extra vigilant

    News, Published on 16/02/2012

    » The three bomb blasts in the heart of Bangkok on Valentine's Day should serve as a serious wake-up call for the Thai security services, who will have to work harder and in earnest if Bangkok is to be spared possible terrorist attacks.

  • OPINION

    Saddled with a trade rep who cannot trade

    News, Published on 24/01/2012

    » Re: ''Nalinee refuses to quit'' (BP, Jan 23).

  • OPINION

    The empires are making nice with former colonies

    News, Published on 16/01/2012

    » As Egyptians and Tunisians vote to replace ousted despots and the Syrian government teeters on the brink, two old imperial powers are competing to exert their political influence over Arab countries in upheaval.

  • OPINION

    Pursue the drug dealers

    News, Published on 23/01/2012

    » Saturday's huge drug bust just outside Bangkok is proof, if any were needed, that the government in Myanmar has a long way to go on its self-proclaimed movement towards legitimacy. So, for that matter, have authorities in this country. Police said they found drugs worth more than one billion baht in their raid. Officers turned up millions of speed tablets and dozens of kilogrammes of crystal methamphetamine in a house in Thanyaburi district of Pathum Thani province. Police have leads on the suspected drug dealers, but the real problem lies far from the Thai border in northern Myanmar.

  • OPINION

    Balance sheet of the Arab Spring

    News, Published on 25/01/2012

    » Last year's events in Egypt and Tunisia drew the curtain on a tottering old order and delivered much of the Arab world into a long-awaited new era. But what that new era will look like remains very much an open question, given the many challenges that the region's countries still face.

  • OPINION

    Playing an off-key fiddle

    News, Published on 09/01/2012

    » Re: ''Central bank's attitude unhealthy for Thailand's democracy, says Virabongsa'' (BP, Jan 8). The controversy of who should bear the burden of 1.14 trillion baht debt is rather irrelevant when foreign reinsurers and existing and potential foreign investors are waiting for our remedial performance. The bickering is like Nero playing the fiddle while Rome burned in AD 64.

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