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    Superpowers tackle climate despite Trump

    News, Paritta Wangkiat, Published on 24/09/2018

    » When I arrived in San Francisco for the Global Climate Action Summit (GCAS) earlier this month, the trade war between the US and China was escalating, with the US announcing new tariffs on goods from the latter which vowed retaliatory measures.


    Bangkok's car-free day is mere lip service

    News, Ploenpote Atthakor, Published on 24/09/2018

    » On Saturday morning, as city officials and invited guests were lining up to welcome Deputy Governor Sakoltee Phattiyakul who was due to officiate a city function, everything seemed to go as planned.


    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.


    Thailand in reverse

    News, Postbag, Published on 24/09/2018

    » Thaksin is 100% correct that the country is worse off (BP, Sept 18).


    Building peace requires pragmatism and patience

    News, John Lloyd, Published on 24/09/2018

    » Doors are slamming all over the Western world; we shall not see them opened again in our life. This sentiment -- borrowing and adapting a remark attributed to British Foreign Secretary Sir Edward Grey on the eve of World War I (his phrase had lamps going out in Europe) -- seems to me at least as defensible as Grey's prophecy.


    China needs to resolve its underlying data discrepancy

    News, Christopher Balding, Published on 24/09/2018

    » China's economic data, never easy to track in the best of times, has become almost indecipherable in 2018. While the headline numbers on GDP growth, retail sales and debt tell reassuring stories that (unsurprisingly) match government objectives, the underlying statistics paint a very different picture. What does this tell us about the state of the economy?


    Myanmar's illusory growth

    Asia focus, Tanyatorn Tongwaranan, Published on 24/09/2018

    » Since it began opening up to the world in 2011, Myanmar has been one of the most hyped economies in the region. With promising economic growth averaging 7% a year, a young workforce and abundant resources, the country of 53 million seems to present boundless opportunities for local and foreign investors alike.


    From a cultured cabbie to the Albert Hall

    News, Roger Crutchley, Published on 23/09/2018

    » The recent column on the musical tastes of Bangkok's taxi drivers prompted quite a few comments from readers relating assorted cab rides featuring the joyful strains of Cliff Richard, Boney M and even Pavarotti. However, Elvis remains the favourite amongst the veteran cabbies.


    Democracy to dictatorship

    News, Postbag, Published on 23/09/2018

    » Re: "Even dictators can't monopolise a poll", (Opinion, Sept 22).


    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.

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