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  • OPINION

    If sterling goes down due to 'Brexit', it's taking the euro with it

    News, Published on 24/02/2016

    » Britain's referendum on its membership of the European Union isn't just a threat to the pound. It's raising currency-market risks across the continent.

  • OPINION

    Conflict may result in clash between Russia and Nato

    News, Published on 24/02/2016

    » The humanitarian crisis in Syria has gone on so long and is so devastating in its social impact -- with a huge migration, some direct and some coming from people in the existing camps in the countries surrounding Syria -- that we can lose sight of the military dangers now threatening the Middle East.

  • OPINION

    Killing off the capital's charm, again

    News, Sirinya Wattanasukchai, Published on 24/02/2016

    » The Bangkok Metropolitan Administration's (BMA) latest attempt to ban all street vendors from pavements in Pak Klong Talat flower market under its clean-up campaign ushers in a sense of deja vu.

  • OPINION

    Clergy must drop its dependence on state 

    News, Sanitsuda Ekachai, Published on 24/02/2016

    » The Sangha Council and its supporters should realise one thing in their campaign to pressure the government to endorse the supreme patriarch of their choice: They can't have the cake and eat it too.

  • OPINION

    British petulance is shaping European Union's future

    News, Gwynne Dyer, Published on 24/02/2016

    » What would you call a country that called for "a structure under which [Europe] can dwell in peace, in safety and in freedom ... a kind of United States of Europe" at the end of the Second World War (Winston Churchill, 1946), but refused to join that structure when its European neighbours actually began building it (European Economic Community, or EEC, 1957)?

  • OPINION

    How to boost confidence in the police

    News, Published on 24/02/2016

    » Ask Thais which state agency needs to undergo reforms first, and most would have no hesitation in suggesting the police service. This is because policing affects people's everyday lives while the police force has long been criticised for its inefficiency, influence peddling and corruption.

  • OPINION

    Slave trade gains are real

    News, Editorial, Published on 24/02/2016

    » The government is preparing to submit information for the 2016 edition of the US report on human trafficking. For once, this submission will have something interesting, beyond vague promises and careful commitments. The military regime has made real achievements against the slave trade. But as efforts at home yield results, President Barack Obama and the US Congress are raising the bar further. The warnings are clear that much remains to be done to get the upper hand over this human exploitation.

  • OPINION

    Choose friends wisely

    News, Postbag, Published on 24/02/2016

    » Even though I am a part-time resident of this beautiful country, I feel an urge to speak about the role by the present government to protect the wishes of a majority of Thai people who just want a better life.

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