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  • OPINION

    Time is up for hijab ban

    News, Editorial, Published on 21/05/2018

    » The director of a school in Pattani province in the deep South has re-ignited an issue that many thought was settled 30 years ago. He has banned the wearing of the Muslim head scarf, the hijab, at the large and respected Anuban Pattani School. The order is clearly illegal and a violation of Ministry of Education regulations, as well as the constitutional rights of the students.

  • OPINION

    Hun Sen, NCPO sing the same tune

    News, Surasak Glahan, Published on 21/05/2018

    » A string of legislative attacks by Cambodia's ruling regime against its critics and the opposition party since last year have baffled me, not only for their senselessness and brutality, but for the similarity they share with political tactics invented here in Thailand.

  • OPINION

    In times of trouble, Meghan radicalises the royals

    News, John Lloyd, Published on 21/05/2018

    » In at least one thing, in its present time of troubles, the United Kingdom remains pre-eminent. At 92, Queen Elizabeth II is the longest-serving head in the world, both of a state and a royal family whose magnificence and capacity for display easily tops anything else in the West. Though far outranked in wealth by the Sultan of Brunei, 71, and in both wealth and power by King Salman of Saudi Arabia, 82, she has a firm base of popularity. Good for her; a problem for her successors.

  • OPINION

    Bad guys have assets

    News, Postbag, Published on 21/05/2018

    » According to the latest poll I read the number one thing the people want is for the government to keep the free health care system.

  • OPINION

    GM crops offer hope in hotter times

    News, Ivar Virgin, Published on 21/05/2018

    » Feeding a rapidly growing world in the face of climate change and resource scarcity will be an immense challenge and test for human ingenuity.

  • OPINION

    Pressure mounts on Suu Kyi over Rakhine

    News, Larry Jagan, Published on 21/05/2018

    » Myanmar's civilian government is coming under increasing fire on all fronts. Or so it would seem. Pressure on Myanmar is mounting, especially from the UN and the US, as the government tries desperately to arrange for the return of nearly a million Muslim refugees -- who fled to Bangladesh to escape the violence in the strife-torn western region of Rakhine.

  • OPINION

    Business unusual in Malaysia

    Asia focus, Nareerat Wiriyapong, Published on 21/05/2018

    » Businesses and investors are still coming to grips with the new political order in Malaysia, where the government led by Mahathir Mohamad is moving quickly to place its stamp on the economy and also bring to justice those accused of corruption, including former prime minister Najib Razak.

  • OPINION

    The paradox of pity

    Life, Parisa Pichitmarn, Published on 21/05/2018

    » Thais are notoriously hopeless when it comes to the songsarn factor. Translated to English, the word means to pity or feel sorry for -- a trait ingrained in Thais as much as to be sabai sabai and never on time.

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