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    Spider card in BMTA's hands

    News, Editorial, Published on 26/01/2017

    » The spider or maeng moom card, as the common ticketing system will be called, will give Bangkok commuters who have been forced to endure over a decade of using different tickets for different modes of public transportation some much-needed relief.

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    Making Southeast Asia resilient to climate change

    News, Published on 26/01/2017

    » In the south of Thailand and on the border with Malaysia, heavy downpours on what historically have been drier months is flooding towns. Heavy rainfall is also inundating a northern city on the island of Mindanao in the Philippines. If governments in these localities and elsewhere in vulnerable Southeast Asia do not start acting now, many vulnerable populations in the region will continue to endure significant impacts to people's lives and livelihoods. These climate change-induced impacts are not limited to heavy downpours. Heat waves, prolonged drought, and coastal flooding due to rising sea levels are other climate impacts that are fast becoming the new normal.

  • OPINION

    The United States' non-stop pivot to Asia

    News, Lurong Chen, Published on 26/01/2017

    » The Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP), an initiative of former US president Barack Obama, is stranded, but the United States' (US) "pivot to Asia" is not. For the foreseeable future, the Asia–Pacific relationship will remain an American foreign policy priority.

  • OPINION

    America first, and Trump unleashed

    News, Philip J Cunningham, Published on 26/01/2017

    » The Trump administration introduced itself to the nation and the world with a bellicose roar of "America first" and some rather petty falsehoods, establishing a strident, truculent tone.

  • OPINION

    Thai passport trauma only getting worse

    News, Ploenpote Atthakor, Published on 26/01/2017

    » A news report last week said Thailand fell two points in the so-called passport index which is based on how easily citizens of a country can travel without the need for a visa. With the drop, Thai passport power has shrunk a bit further.

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