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  • OPINION

    Government's 'theatre of the absurd'

    News, Wasant Techawongtham, Published on 14/12/2019

    » Since the generals shed their military garb and donned civilian suits, political developments have gone from bad to worse and even into the arena of the absurd.

  • OPINION

    Silencing the youth

    News, Postbag, Published on 14/12/2019

    » Well, let's see. This week we learned that the permafrost in the Arctic is thawing much faster than was anticipated which is going to lead to a faster rise of sea levels than we had anticipated.

  • OPINION

    'Super' fund full of flaws

    News, Editorial, Published on 14/12/2019

    » The Prayut Chan-o-cha cabinet recently approved the Super Savings Fund (SSF) as a new tax-saving fund to replace the Long-Term Equity Fund (LTF), for which the tax incentive is due to lapse at year-end.

  • OPINION

    EC's teeth far too sharp

    News, Editorial, Published on 13/12/2019

    » The Election Commission's (EC) harsh decision related to the loan taken by the Future Forward Party (FFP) from its own leader Thanathorn Juangroongruangkit certainly raises questions about disproportionate punishment, if not downright double standards.

  • OPINION

    Immoral tradition

    News, Postbag, Published on 13/12/2019

    » Re: "Challenges to human rights in Asia", (Opinion, Dec 12).

  • OPINION

    Where Northeast, Southeast Asia meet

    News, Thitinan Pongsudhirak, Published on 13/12/2019

    » That the post-Second World War liberal international order is unravelling is no longer in dispute. While there are ongoing issues and challenges about how and to what extent the incumbent rules-based international order that has been so beneficial to so many nations and peoples in their course of economic development can still be maintained, there is broad agreement that the international system as we know it has run its course.

  • OPINION

    Questions for Future Miss Universe Thailand

    Guru, Pornchai Sereemongkonpol, Published on 13/12/2019

    » It seems every Thai was talking about Miss Universe 2019 earlier this week (and I'm sure we'll be hearing about it for another week). Even though our Fahsai didn't win the title, she reached the top five and made us proud. What got people talking so much, besides how gorgeous she looked, was how she answered the question, which many think was picked for Thailand. MC Steve Harvey asked her, "Government surveillance is used to keep many nations and their people safe. But some believe this invades our right to privacy. What is more important to you, privacy or security?" Fahsai gave a PC answer, saying the government should find a way to keep people safe without invading people's privacy. A very safe answer but how would you come up with an answer to a complicated question in 30 seconds? A few people said her safe answer was because she wanted to return to Thailand.

  • OPINION

    The game of Beijing versus Taipei

    News, Gwynne Dyer, Published on 13/12/2019

    » One of the lesser unsolved mysteries of our time is why countries whose names end in 'u' prefer the Republic of China (Taiwan) to the People's Republic of China (Beijing). Of the 15 countries that still recognise Taiwan as the real and legitimate China, three have 'u' at the end of their names: Nauru, Palau and Tuvalu.

  • OPINION

    Safety, not speed

    News, Postbag, Published on 12/12/2019

    » Re: "Speed limit hike too risky", (Editorial, Dec 11).

  • OPINION

    New hope for US climate action

    News, Published on 12/12/2019

    » The United Nations Climate Change Conference (COP25) currently taking place in Madrid is supposed to prepare the ground for more ambitious national climate commitments. Nowhere is this more important than in the country where national leadership on climate change is least likely: the United States.

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