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    Don't let the pandemic turn into pandemonium

    News, Published on 04/08/2020

    » In the 17th-century epic poem Paradise Lost, the English poet, John Milton, recounts the biblical story of the temptation by Satan to abuse the fruits of the creation, leading to the fall of Adam and Eve and their punishment of being expelled from the Garden of Eden. In describing such a dramatic change of the human condition, Milton coined the term "pandemonium". It literally means abode of all demons (or hell), from the Greek word pan-, "all", and daimon, "demon(s)". In fact, in that story the cause of the devastating crisis is demoniac bad advice given and accepted by the then two human beings. After the recent experience of one of the worst global calamities of our time, due to Covid-19, many governments are trying to contain humankind's risks of losing the paradise of the modern world order and the promised quality of life in the third millennium.


    Australia walks a political tightrope

    News, Published on 04/08/2020

    » No country has ever been so loyal to the United States as Australia. The nation has unfailingly supported American foreign policy both during and since the Cold War era, protecting its national interests and security. Unfortunately, the strategic environment that allowed the US-Australia alliance to flourish has gradually eroded over the past two decades.


    Govt must brace for long winter of discontent

    News, Published on 04/08/2020

    » Prime Minister Gen Prayut Chan-o-cha does not belong to the House of Stark but he should pay heed to its motto: Winter is coming.


    Antitrust laws need a rethink

    News, Editorial, Published on 04/08/2020

    » Big Tech roared back into the headlines last week after US President Donald Trump declared that Washington would ban the Chinese video-sharing platform TikTok. The sudden announcement came just days after the US House Judiciary subcommittee grilled four tech chiefs -- Google's Sundar Pichai, Amazon's Jeff Bezos, Apple Inc's Tim Cook, and Facebook's Mark Zuckerberg -- in a marathon five-and-a-half-hour antitrust hearing. The US-based firms, worth nearly US$5 trillion (156 trillion baht), stand accused of stifling competition and establishing "monopolistic" dominance.


    Stealing justice

    News, Postbag, Published on 04/08/2020

    » Re: "Justice needs salvaging after fatal crash", (BP, Aug 3); "Calls for reform following Boss case", (BP, Aug 2).


    Unity in Olympics

    Life, Pongpet Mekloy, Published on 03/08/2020

    » If Covid-19 had not struck the planet, we would be enjoying humanity's most celebrated sporting event by now -- the Summer Olympics. This year's Olympics has been postponed and rescheduled to take place between July 23 and Aug 8 next year, leading many to now refer to it as Tokyo 2020+1. Anyway, thinking about the Olympics takes my thoughts back to Atlanta 1996.


    Asean's virus dilemma

    News, Editorial, Published on 03/08/2020

    » The Covid-19 pandemic poses several challenges to the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (Asean), intensifying regional poverty and inequality. The growing hardship will also pose a major threat to its economic integration.


    'Wizards of democracy' wait to be heard

    News, Paritta Wangkiat, Published on 03/08/2020

    » A movement by young students under the umbrella of Free Youth and the Students Union of Thailand appears to have gained steam. A series of "flash mob" rallies have taken place in Bangkok and the provinces almost on a daily basis.


    Justice needs salvaging after fatal crash

    News, Veera Prateepchaikul, Published on 03/08/2020

    » There is an old Thai saying which goes along the lines of: "A dead elephant cannot be covered by lotus leaves."


    It's going to get worse

    News, Postbag, Published on 03/08/2020

    » Recent polls have found the approval ratings for the Prayut Chan-o-cha government are disappointingly low.

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