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    Cutting road death toll starts with us

    News, Published on 31/08/2014

    » As disgustingly high as Thailand's road death toll is, the laws are often willfully disregarded and any sense of safety, patience or respect are flagrantly discarded. The evidence for this would be clear to anyone who has even walked past a road in this country, but a particularly chilling example surfaced last week that showed exactly how deadly a lack of consideration can be.


    A place where everything is perfectly normal

    News, Roger Crutchley, Published on 31/08/2014

    » Many thanks to readers who submitted suggestions of real place-names to add to our "trinity of tedium" Dull, Bland and Boring, which became a quartet last week with the addition of Idle. Some of the offerings were very entertaining, but didn't quite fit into the theme of sheer dreariness.


    Confidence is low in renewed South peace talks

    News, Achara Ashayagachat, Published on 31/08/2014

    » As Thai authorities prepare to revive peace talks with separatists in the far South, signals are already emerging from both sides which indicate the morass of impractical expectations and false hopes will continue.


    Postbag: No foul play?

    News, Published on 31/08/2014

    » Re: “Headless tourists found offshore” (BP, Aug 30).


    Time to look beyond the army ranks

    News, Pichai Chuensuksawadi, Published on 31/08/2014

    » It’s no surprise that a significant number of senior military officers will hold key positions in the cabinet of Prime Minister Prayuth Chan-ocha. Gen Prayuth says the security situation is not yet normal and he needs men he can trust to work with him. He’s aware of the criticisms and has promised that changes would be made if his ministers don’t perform. Such promises are not new for Thai prime ministers. And under normal circumstances, we would consider such statements par for the course. Gen Prayuth needs to have his band of brothers by his side as they make way for the next wave of armed forces leaders in the impending military reshuffle. Be that as it may there is one key position which should definitely not be occupied by a military officer — the post of Foreign Minister.


    Signed, sealed, undelivered

    Alan Dawson, Published on 31/08/2014

    » The United Nations and Myanmar are in the process of proving that a nation on the tipping edge of being controlled by criminals can be rescued and brought back to the road to democracy.

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