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  • OPINION

    Junta needs to provide more than promises

    Life, Apipar Norapoompipat, Published on 04/12/2017

    » It's been a few rough weeks for the junta.

  • OPINION

    Bangkok needs a smarter plan

    News, Sirinya Wattanasukchai, Published on 04/12/2017

    » While being shown how "smart" Berlin is as a city during a study tour last month, I came across a piece of news from Thailand about an effort to turn an area in Bangkok into a "smart city". I couldn't help but try to figure out how smart a city Bangkok could become if it embraced this model of development.

  • OPINION

    A tilted playing field

    News, Postbag, Published on 04/12/2017

    » Re: "E-business tax to be levied in 2018," (BP, Dec 1).

  • OPINION

    An Ithaca idyll with Surin Pitsuwan

    News, Philip J Cunningham, Published on 04/12/2017

    » During Surin Pitsuwan's visit to Ithaca, New York, this past September, a barbecue party was arranged by long-time family friends who live on the edge of town where the still lush and green rural surroundings could at a glance be mistaken for rural Thailand. Chickens cackled in a nearby coop and birdsong was everywhere in the air.

  • OPINION

    Suu Kyi should heed Pope's suggestion on UN role

    News, Larry Jagan, Published on 04/12/2017

    » Pope Francis' visit to Myanmar last week was an overwhelming success and may provide the much needed spark to ignite the government's peace process and its efforts to bring reconciliation to the country's violence-torn western region of Rakhine. The Pope's message was loud and clear: the only way forward for Myanmar was "love and peace", the title used for his visit.

  • OPINION

    War crimes justice slow in coming

    News, Noah Feldman, Published on 04/12/2017

    » The suicide of Croatian war criminal Slobodan Praljak in open court last week was bizarre -- mostly because it felt like something out of another century. Sure, Hermann Goering famously cheated the executioner at Nuremberg by swallowing cyanide. But Praljak wasn't going to be executed, no matter how many innocent civilians he was found guilty of killing. In the highly civilised, highly bureaucratic world of the International Criminal Tribunal for the Former Yugoslavia, the worst thing that can happen is a long jail sentence -- like the 20 years awarded to Praljak.

  • OPINION

    Back to the war on drugs

    News, Editorial, Published on 04/12/2017

    » For a while there, it appeared that Thailand and the military regime were preparing to take new steps to update the worn and losing campaign against illicit drugs. Instead, the people in charge of reforming and modifying policies have largely doubled down on the old ones. The losing ways of the country's war on drugs will remain in place and dominate the amended and now patchwork Narcotics Control Bill.

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