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  • OPINION

    Chance to save Greece goes begging

    News, Jeffrey D Sachs, Published on 13/07/2015

    » The Greek catastrophe commands the world’s attention for two reasons. First, we are deeply distressed to watch an economy collapse before our eyes, with bread lines and bank queues not seen since the Great Depression. Second, we are appalled by the failure of countless leaders and institutions - national politicians, the European Commission, the International Monetary Fund (IMF), and the European Central Bank (ECB) - to avert a slow-motion train wreck that has played out over many years.

  • OPINION

    Let debate be candid

    News, Editorial, Published on 13/07/2015

    » The chance to hear key political figures discuss current issues on the National Council for Peace and Order's (NCPO) weekly television programme on reform is a welcome one. But to make this opportunity more beneficial to the public interest, the NCPO should give them the freedom to speak their minds without fear of repercussion. If the military regime refuses to relax its grip on freedom of expression, the NCPO's plan will end up being nothing more than just another pointless publicity stunt.

  • OPINION

    Foreign ignorance

    News, Postbag, Published on 13/07/2015

    » I agree with Dusit Thammaraks (“Take us as we are or go home”, PostBag, July 12) when he says foreign residents are “educationally and culturally ill-equipped to grasp the intricacies of Thailand and the Thai people”.

  • OPINION

    Few admirers of Thailand’s sorry role in Uighur saga

    News, Veera Prateepchaikul, Published on 13/07/2015

    » After a barrage of condemnation from the United States, the European Union, the UN High Commissioner for Refugees, and a host of human rights groups, over the Thai government’s "forced deportation" of 109 Uighur men back to China, Beijing has come to Thailand's rescue. It has undeniably done so to defend itself against concerns that the returnees face harsh treatment and a lack of due process, as stated by John Kirby, the US State Department spokesman.

  • OPINION

    Growing public doubts beset promenade project

    News, Ploenpote Atthakor, Published on 13/07/2015

    » At first glance, the promise by the Bangkok Metropolitan Administration to have an environmental impact assessment (EIA) study and public hearings for the controversial Chao Phraya promenade project, the "Landmark of Thailand", seems to be a welcome move.

  • OPINION

    Subs put too many eggs in China basket

    News, Thitinan Pongsudhirak, Published on 13/07/2015

    » That Thailand’s planned purchase of three attack submarines from China has raised eyebrows is to be expected. Over the past decade, marked by two military coups in Thai politics, relations between Bangkok and Beijing have become closer than ever. If the submarine deal goes ahead, it will substantially bond military-to-military ties between the two countries and crucially shift Thailand’s geopolitical posture from its traditional hedging among the major powers to a lopsided embrace of Beijing.

  • OPINION

    Winded by internet windfalls

    Life, Usnisa Sukhsvasti, Published on 13/07/2015

    » I’m going to be rich! Or, to be more precise, I’m going to be rich if I believe all the e-mails that are sent to me.

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