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    Qatar fiasco shows risk of a Trump-Saudi reset

    News, Published on 12/06/2017

    » President Donald Trump feels his recent trip to the Middle East was a great success, and the actions by Saudi Arabia and its Gulf allies to isolate and punish Qatar this week were the first fruits of his new policy. In reality, the schism between Gulf Cooperation Council allies is a setback for US interests, and the reset between Washington and Riyadh, heralded by the administration and many observers, if not a farce, is clearly far from complete.


    Asia's response to interest rate hike

    News, Published on 12/06/2017

    » For global financial markets, the US interest rate outlook is the elephant in the room. Sharply higher rates could destabilise markets, particularly in emerging Asia where rising debt levels are shaping as a threat to growth.


    Two standards in law

    News, Editorial, Published on 12/06/2017

    » In just 24 hours last week, Thai authorities demonstrated how to catch a fugitive, and how not to. By issuing an Interpol warrant, police have caused the detention of an English man accused of a 2014 murder in Kanchanaburi. By refusing to issue another such warrant, and through other actions, it appears law enforcement has hindered chances that the internationally infamous fugitive Red Bull scion, the suspect in a 2012 fatal hit-and-run case, will face justice.


    Risky legacy    for regime's pet projects

    News, Anchalee Kongrut, Published on 12/06/2017

    » Leaders are always remembered for their legacy or their pet projects. For example, the Isan Khiew project, a grandiose plan to green the largely arid and infertile northeastern region, always comes to mind whenever I think of former prime minister Gen Chavalit Yongchaiyudh, who floated the idea, in 1997.


    Where life and reality TV meet

    Life, Kanin Srimaneekulroj, Published on 12/06/2017

    » Over the past weeks, two young women from Thailand made international news for wildly different reasons: one was Ariya Jutanugarn, a female golf player who was recently recognised as the world's No.2, the other Preeyanuch "Preaw" Nonwangchai, an attractive karaoke girl who allegedly murdered and dismembered another woman earlier this month.

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