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  • OPINION

    Pak Bara port delay move raises doubts

    News, Editorial, Published on 22/07/2018

    » To many, a news report that the government has decided to suspend the controversial Pak Bara port plans seems a welcome move. The plans threaten not only the well-being of communities but also the pristine environment in the southern province of Satun.

  • OPINION

    Tourism promotion can be threat to Tham Luang

    News, Wasant Techawongtham, Published on 21/07/2018

    » The 13 members of the Wild Boars have gone home to their loved ones. That, however, is not the end of their story. There will be more stories to tell, movies to make as well as a museum to build and a new "world class" tourist destination to create.

  • OPINION

    Phuket must face demons, or end is nigh

    News, Paritta Wangkiat, Published on 19/07/2018

    » My condolences to the families of the 47 Chinese holidaymakers who were killed when the diving boat they were on sank in the waters off Phuket in a fierce storm on July 5. It's a massive loss.

  • OPINION

    An accident waiting to happen

    Life, Karnjana Karnjanatawe, Published on 16/07/2018

    » It is sad to know that tourist safety would be treated as a national issue only when there is a fatal accident.

  • OPINION

    The case for the UK's Brexit chaos

    News, John Lloyd, Published on 16/07/2018

    » Compromise is the loveliest word in democratic politics and beyond -- in lasting relationships, labour disputes, international relations. British Prime Minister Theresa May has never more needed the deployment of this lovely and necessary word than now.

  • OPINION

    Safety last

    News, Alan Dawson, Published on 15/07/2018

    » The government can't prevent boys from being naughty any more than it can prevent squalls in an open sea. However, the government could have prevented two of the most deadly events to have captivated local and global attention recently.

  • OPINION

    Careless and deadly

    News, Editorial, Published on 11/07/2018

    » Monday's flight schedule of Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha tells a tale about the nation. First, he flew to Phuket because of last week's tragic seaborne events. He spoke with hospitalised survivors of two dive boat accidents, and comforted Chinese relatives of some of the 42 known dead and 10 missing. Then he flew to Chiang Rai, where he observed rescue operations at the Tham Luang cave face in Mae Sai district. Following that he visited the eight children who had been extracted and taken to Chiangrai Prachanukroh Hospital.

  • OPINION

    Phuket boat tragedy shows our indifference

    News, Ploenpote Atthakor, Published on 09/07/2018

    » Forty-two is the latest number of tourists who fell victims to a boat mishap in Phuket last week. Or should I say, to be more exact, that they were victims of negligence, sheer dereliction of duty of the authorities concerned and of a "This Is Thailand" culture?

  • OPINION

    English proficiency in Thailand still a ways to go

    News, Published on 09/07/2018

    » Past assessments of English proficiency within Thailand have been disappointing. English First (EF), a private company that collects data based on results from English proficiency tests, found that Thailand ranked 53 out of 80 countries globally and 15 out of 20 Asian countries examined. These scores actually reflect an improvement over prior years with Thailand now outscoring some of its neighbours, namely Cambodia and Laos. Myanmar's dedication to English proficiency is so low that it does not even have an EF presence. However, Thailand is still outranked by regional countries like China, Malaysia, Singapore and Vietnam.

  • OPINION

    Thailand’s role in Indo-Pacific strategy

    News, Kavi Chongkittavorn, Published on 03/07/2018

    » Although much has been said about Free and Open Indo-Pacific (FOIP) strategy after US President Donald Trump put forward the broad and vague concept last November, nobody is really clear what it really means and its implications. Eight months have now elapsed. Some key features have emerged through speeches and comments by senior officials including US Defence Secretary Gen James Mattis in Singapore and Matthew Pottinger, Senior Director of Asian Department, National Security Council, in Yangon and Bangkok.

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