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    A paltry million baht, are you kidding?

    Veera Prateepchaikul, Published on 02/12/2014

    » You must be kidding, surely, was one of the first things that popped into my mind when it was announced Pol Gen Somyot Pumpanmuang, the national police chief, has offered a one-million baht reward for information that leads to the arrest of Sahachai "Sia Jo" Chiansoemsi.

  • OPINION

    Dollar's rise opens up new risks

    News, Published on 02/12/2014

    » The US dollar is on the move. In the last four months alone, it has soared by more than 7% compared with a basket of more than a dozen global currencies, and by even more against the euro and the Japanese yen. This dollar rally, the result of genuine economic progress and divergent policy developments, could contribute to the "rebalancing" that has long eluded the world economy. But that outcome is far from guaranteed, especially given the related risks of financial instability.

  • OPINION

    Mottoes key to keeping public order

    News, Atiya Achakulwisut, Published on 02/12/2014

    » Mottoes are a necessary tool to keep people fixed in a state of happiness, to give them a moral guideline and make them feel there is a form of order in an otherwise messy world. A couple of cool and catchy slogans can go a long way. 

  • OPINION

    Uber ban off the mark

    News, Published on 02/12/2014

    » The blanket and unyielding ban on the new Uber taxi service is disappointing and ill-advised. Without warning, the Department of Land Transport director-general declared that smartphone-savvy Uber was not established by existing rules. Teerapong Rodprasert's ruling is technically correct. It also is vastly out of touch with everything that is happening in society today, from social media to public demand. That includes the government's own ambition to move to a digital economy.

  • OPINION

    What I've learned, I've learned by heart

    Life, Melalin Mahavongtrakul, Published on 02/12/2014

    » Graduating from an international school, then subsequently from a university abroad, meant one good thing for me: I was saved from the mind-boggling, overcapitalised, macabre existence that teenagers are suffering under — the Thai education system.

  • OPINION

    Shut off from the truth

    News, Published on 02/12/2014

    » PM Prayut Chan-o-cha has good intentions in seeking to shield us from the cold world outside, but censorship is not the way to go, whether in principle or practice. As Justice Potter Stewart noted, "Censorship reflects a society’s lack of confidence in itself."

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