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  • OPINION

    Terror probe must carry on

    News, Published on 28/02/2012

    » The detention of three more Iranian citizens on Sunday is a stark reminder that the case of the Valentine's Day blasts still has a lot of loose ends. The police deserve far more support than they are getting from the government. Security forces must continue to pursue the details of this serious threat to national security. Trying to forget the explosions in this apparent terrorism case would open the country to far greater problems, than just a brief fear that tourists might stay away.

  • OPINION

    The felling truth

    News, Published on 01/03/2012

    » What a week it has been! The Bangkok Post had two front-page stories on the floods and deforestation (Feb 25: ''King says greed a factor in floods''; Feb 28: ''Govt to spend B3bn on forest restoration''). Sandwiched between the two was an opinion piece about ''big fish'' being unable to see the forests for the trees. The King was quoted as saying, ''The problems stem from those who are greedy. The blame lies with some civil servants who are greedy and crave money.''

  • OPINION

    Thai Rath columnist Mae Look Chan

    News, Published on 29/02/2012

    » I am one of many elderly Thais who are upset by the government's decision to shelve the Phu Kradung cable car project, for further study into its impact on the ecological system and endangered species in Phu Kradung National Park.

  • OPINION

    Confront this burning issue

    News, Published on 03/03/2012

    » Tourists aboard a flight to Lampang last weekend were surprised when the control tower ordered their plane to circle the airport for an hour because visibility was below the safe 1,000-metre minimum required for landing. They had not realised the air quality was so bad. But the delay merely drew sighs from other passengers living in the northern city. They knew exactly what the trouble was. The choking haze caused each year by the burn-off of crop residue was back, blanketing the North and defying attempts by the authorities to prevent it.

  • OPINION

    A putrid air of stupidity

    News, Published on 03/03/2012

    » It's a case of too little too late...and a continued front of incompetence. Villages, inner-city homes, wats and rice fields are still burning on a daily basis in Chiang Mai.

  • OPINION

    Haze is poor man's revenge

    News, Published on 04/03/2012

    » The fires which are causing bad air quality in the North are in effect a poor man's revenge on us all. Poor farmers burn their fields since they can't afford any other method of weeding. Hill tribe people burn the common forest because it generates mushrooms after the first rains, which apparently earn them 2,000 baht a day at markets.

  • OPINION

    Hurry up and wait

    News, Published on 10/03/2012

    » Suvarnabhumi airport likes to call itself the "airport of smiles", an accolade that is being questioned by passengers using its facilities. While no one expects an airport to be a fun place, they do expect it to provide a seamless transition from air to ground with a minimum of fuss and as much convenience as airline, immigration and security regulations allow. The key to achieving this is good organisation and an absence of bottlenecks. But something is going wrong.

  • OPINION

    Public transport, the bane of commuters

    News, Published on 10/03/2012

    » Re: ''Girl's death costs bus firms B10m'' (BP, March 9). It is sad to find out that an Abac student fell from a bus in 2004 while standing near the exit. In an attempt to beat a red light on Ramkhamhaeng Road, the bus driver had failed to shut the door.

  • OPINION

    Thailand, upbeat and unbeatable

    News, Published on 08/03/2012

    » Thailand and Japan are old friends whose economic future is linked to one another. From the establishment of diplomatic relations 125 years ago to the Strategic Partnership with an Economic Partnership Agreement (JTEPA) today, Japan and the private sector have played a key role in Thailand's development.

  • OPINION

    Painting a picture

    News, Voranai Vanijaka, Published on 11/03/2012

    » Plainclothes police are staking out the hideout, snipers lock on to their targets from the tops of surrounding buildings and a truckload of Swat team members are hiding nearby _ it's the quiet before the storm. Suspects all accounted for in the hideout, check. Certain evidence confirmed in the hideout, check. Communication lines secured, neighbourhood cleared, weapons locked and loaded, full metal jackets in place, check, check and check.

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