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  • OPINION

    Government shows bias on rubber

    News, Published on 29/08/2013

    » There is no question that the road and train blockade in Nakhon Si Thammarat's Cha-uat district by protesting rubber planters is unacceptable, unjustified and disruptive. It is unnecessarily causing hardship to tens of thousands of innocent motorists and commuters who have to use the routes for travelling.

  • OPINION

    Thais must tap new financial frontiers

    News, Published on 29/08/2013

    » To enable Thailand to enjoy the benefits from the new investment frontier requires the continued pursuit of sound macroeconomic and financial policies. It also requires improvements on the supply side, such as investment in infrastructure, education and innovation to raise the competitiveness of the country.

  • OPINION

    Stretching it out

    News, Published on 29/08/2013

    » Re: ''Protesters vow bigger rally as rubber talks fail'' (BP, Aug 27).

  • OPINION

    Navy, defence reshuffles take different turns

    News, Wassana Nanuam, Published on 29/08/2013

    » The annual reshuffle at the navy appears to have been a smooth one without any political tsunami, with deputy navy commander Narong Pipatthanasai tipped to take up the top naval post.

  • OPINION

    A time for action, not reaction, in the Middle East

    News, Published on 29/08/2013

    » The announcement, following the use of chemical weapons in Syria, of an emergency summit in Jordan this week of military leaders from the United States, the United Kingdom, France, Germany, Italy, Canada, Turkey, Saudi Arabia and Qatar is a welcome development. Western policy is at a crossroads: commentary or action; shaping events or reacting to them.

  • OPINION

    Don't let our GDP contraction numbers scare you

    News, Published on 29/08/2013

    » I believe there has been too much pessimism about Thailand's growth prospects recently. At the headline level, the 0.3% quarter-on-quarter contraction in the second quarter was viewed in isolation. However, what was forgotten was that the pace of contraction actually slowed from the first quarter, when growth had declined 1.7% quarter-on-quarter. Equally important is that inventory drawdown also dampened growth _ this in my view is a positive development. As producers restock in the coming quarters, growth will get a boost.

  • OPINION

    Smile surgery is the Joker in the pack

    Life, Pongpet Mekloy, Published on 29/08/2013

    » Earlier this year Thai people were told the bad news that our country had lost its long-held status as the world's top rice exporter, falling behind India and Vietnam. As if that's not sad enough, it is likely that soon Thailand might also have to give up its cherished nickname "the Land of Smiles" to guess who... South Korea.

  • OPINION

    Civil war? A scenario

    Voranai Vanijaka, Published on 29/08/2013

    » During these sensitive political times and only fragile peace between the political divide, one might ask the question: what could be the final straw that breaks the buffalo’s back – that which may plunge the Kingdom of Thailand into a civil war? Let’s consider this.

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