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    Crossword Puzzle: Thai PM Candidates Edition

    Guru, Pornchai Sereemongkonpol, Published on 22/02/2019

    » As the March 24 election nears, the number of opinion polls have increased. On Sunday, one poll in particular caught my eyes. Super Poll announced the result of a survey, which I unofficially translate to "The Public’s Concern During Election Season". What made this poll stand out is that when they asked people about their specs for PM candidates, they use cryptic descriptions such as "Man in his 50s. Former leader of this country with high position" and "Man in his 40s. Former exec. A political activist." Instead of simply using their actual names like other polls? They did that to avoid violating any election rules, perhaps.

  • OPINION

    Poster chaos a sign the times aren't changing

    News, Sirinya Wattanasukchai, Published on 22/02/2019

    » As the elections near, city residents have to put up with some inconveniences. I am talking about the countless campaign posters -- featuring faces of people who are offering to change the country -- which are just about everywhere.

  • OPINION

    No real choice in Nigerian election

    News, Gwynne Dyer, Published on 22/02/2019

    » Lengthy delays before announcing the results of African elections are commonplace (the Democratic Republic of Congo last month, Zimbabwe last July, etc.). It just means that people voted the wrong way, and the government needs time to re-arrange the results before publishing them. Postponing the vote at the last moment is much less common, and not so easy to explain.

  • OPINION

    Military jumps the gun

    News, Editorial, Published on 22/02/2019

    » With key political parties vowing to downsize the military and defence spending as part of their campaign policies, the junta this week has tried to safeguard its interests by claiming transparency in its budget proposals and citing possible adverse effects if the country lacks an adequate defence.

  • OPINION

    Trump should press Kim on rights

    News, Published on 22/02/2019

    » If Donald Trump's summit with North Korean leader Kim Jong-un in Hanoi next week goes as the US president hopes, the two will emerge trumpeting promises of North Korea's denuclearisation, the proclamation of an end to the Korean War, and commitments by the international business community and multilateral lending institutions to transform the nation led by "Little Rocket Man", in Mr Trump's words, into the "economic rocket" of Asia.

  • OPINION

    Thailand advances Asean energy partnership

    News, Published on 22/02/2019

    » As Asean chair for 2019, Thailand is expected to excel in leading the grouping to collectively address regional issues. Announced by Prime Minister Gen Prayut Chan-o-cha last year, the current chairmanship theme of "Advancing Partnership for Sustainability" carries a significant message for the regional cooperation. The word "advancing" is selected to encourage Asean to continuously keep up with and adopt the disruptive technological development of the fourth industrial revolution (Industry 4.0). With the word "partnership", Thailand wishes all Asean member states (AMS) to strengthen economic cooperation so Asean can play a bigger role in solving global challenges. "Sustainability", on the other hand, reflects how all efforts at national and regional levels should be done in a sustainable manner for all economic sectors. But what does "advancing partnership for sustainability" mean for Asean energy cooperation?

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