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    An acid test for fair polls

    News, Editorial, Published on 24/09/2018

    » Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha and his regime have recognised from the start that military rule had a finite life that could only end peacefully with elections. Gen Prayut clearly showed that with his serial promises of an election "next year". It is reasonably clear that 2019 will belatedly deliver the promise, but not in the best way. Increasingly, the regime seems to be abusing its own rules to pursue an indefinite hold on power by unjust means.


    BMA is fighting dirty over BACC

    News, Editorial, Published on 23/09/2018

    » When the Bangkok Metropolitan Administration (BMA) announced in the middle of the year -- amid heavy public pressure -- that it would step back from its plan to take over the management of the Bangkok Art and Culture Centre (BACC), some may have breathed a sigh of relief. It's generally thought that the issue has been settled. It's not. In fact, the issue is getting more serious.


    Lese majeste losing ground

    News, Editorial, Published on 22/09/2018

    » The Appeal Court's acquittal of six young men on Tuesday of lese majeste charges -- on the grounds that they did not intend to commit the crime -- marks another positive step forward in the way allegations of defaming the Crown are handled.


    Let's be car free every day

    News, Editorial, Published on 21/09/2018

    » On Saturday, environmentally conscious people worldwide will join forces and shun private vehicles, the main culprit behind traffic congestion, during what is being billed as car-free day.


    Green city sets example

    News, Editorial, Published on 20/09/2018

    » A very small northeastern town of roughly 22,000 people, Muang Yasothon has proved it can set an example for other bigger cities across Thailand, including Bangkok, to follow.


    Defending the indefensible

    News, Editorial, Published on 19/09/2018

    » The conversion of Aung San Suu Kyi from human rights champion to defender of military violence has been painful to watch. The Myanmar leader capped her change last week. At a UN-sponsored conference in Hanoi, she sloughed off questions about the brutal expulsion of 700,000 Rohingya, who now are refugees. Shockingly, she defended the imprisonment of two Myanmar reporters by praising a law written by colonialists to intimidate and punish her own country's citizens.


    Rethink this London trip

    News, Editorial, Published on 18/09/2018

    » Just when it seemed the story had plumbed the depths, the unsavoury claim of a June 25 drugging and rape on already infamous Koh Tao has turned worse. Pol Maj Gen Surachate "Big Joke" Hakparn has announced an imminent trip to London. There, he claimed late last week, he intends to interrogate the 19-year-old woman who claims to be the victim. Pol Maj Gen Surachate, the high-profile deputy chief of the Tourist Police Bureau, has quite loudly doubted the woman's claim she was a crime victim. He said his London visit could end up proving the rape claim was false.


    Time to lift rights bans

    News, Editorial, Published on 17/09/2018

    » The best thing that can be said about last week's action by the National Council for Peace and Order (NCPO) is that the all-male group understands it has created a problem. It has returned to the public a tiny bit of the civil and human rights it removed 52 months ago. On Friday, Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha used his extraordinary powers under Section 44 to give some small but important freedoms to political parties. While the order restores the right to organise party affairs, it falls lamentably short of restoring basic and constitutional rights to all Thais.


    Ban Plainern's glory under threat

    News, Editorial, Published on 16/09/2018

    » Ban Plainern, a residence of the late Prince Narisaranuvattiwongse -- the Great Craftsman of Siam -- is under grave threat from a gigantic condominium construction project on a nearby plot of land.


    T-shirt saga a witch hunt

    News, Editorial, Published on 15/09/2018

    » In what seems to be nothing other than a witch hunt against a small group of people who hold a political ideology seen as unorthodox in Thailand, the military junta has set a bad precedent and made an unjust move in slapping severe criminal charges against four people, who are alleged to have promoted the political concept through the distribution of T-shirts.

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