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  • OPINION

    Billy's wife not giving up in fight for truth

    News, Sanitsuda Ekachai, Published on 12/08/2015

    » Since her husband mysteriously disappeared after being arrested by the national park chief at Kaeng Krachan, Pinnapa "Mueno" Prueksapan has had two missions in life. One is to do her best as a mother to raise their five small children. The other is to see justice done.

  • OPINION

    Time to accept Japan at its word

    News, Yuriko Koike, Published on 12/08/2015

    » In recent years, the number of tourists visiting Japan has been increasing rapidly, reaching a record 13.4 million last year, a 29% increase from 2013. Japan seems to be making great strides toward its goal of recapturing the position as an Asian cultural centre that it held a century ago, when the Indian Nobel laureate poet Rabindranath Tagore lived in Tokyo. Chinese revolutionary leaders Sun Yat-sen and Chiang Kai-shek, along with many other prominent Asians, moved there as well. 

  • OPINION

    Pakistan horrified by child sex abuse blackmail

    News, Asif Shahzad, Published on 12/08/2015

    » In the dusty town of Hussain Khan Wala near Pakistan's border with India, families kept quiet for years about the blackmail gang that locals believe filmed some 270 children being sexually abused, fearful the videos could appear online or sold in markets for as little as 50 cents (about 17 baht).

  • OPINION

    Mum's the word

    Life, Duangphat Sitthipat, Published on 12/08/2015

    » Today is not a regular, boring Wednesday. Not the most hopeless of all the weekdays with the spell that makes us workers feel so wretched for realising we're only halfway through the week. Out of about 16 public holidays Thailand gets in a year, today is one of them. But today is Aug 12, and not just some meaningless public holiday that the people of Bangkok like to take for granted with a good drive to Hua Hin or Pattaya.

  • OPINION

    Justice gets major boost

    News, Editorial, Published on 12/08/2015

    » The opening of three new special courts for cases related to illicit drugs, corruption and human trafficking is a huge, positive step. The new court divisions began work officially on Monday. They come under the Criminal Court, where chief judge Athip Chitsamrerng promises speedier trials. To be truly successful, however, this interesting and encouraging development will depend on earlier steps in the justice system, especially police and prosecutors.

  • OPINION

    Tech schools decline as image codes rule

    News, Published on 12/08/2015

    » Hardly a week passes without news of students from rival vocational colleges clashing, with over 1,000 violent confrontations already this year, almost all in Bangkok.

  • OPINION

    Malaysia's currency woes finally catch up with it

    News, William Pesek, Published on 12/08/2015

    » Malaysia's ongoing currency crash has many causes: a worsening global outlook, plunging commodity prices and, of course, the political scandal enveloping Prime Minister Najib Razak. But the real culprit is the year 1997.

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