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  • OPINION

    No public scolding

    News, Published on 09/02/2015

    » We, Americans long involved personally and professionally with Thailand, respectfully declare our concern about what many see as injudicious public remarks by Mr Daniel Russel on his recent Bangkok visit. We write out of concern for the feelings of our Thai hosts and, as we travel the world, for our own safety as well. Our Thai hosts’ graciousness towards their visitors means our second concern goes mainly to consequences elsewhere of the pattern of behaviour which Mr Russel displayed here.

  • OPINION

    The new do-it-yourself capitalism

    News, Published on 09/02/2015

    » In a famous 1937 essay, the economist Ronald Coase argued that the reason Western economies are organised like a pyramid, with a few large producers at the top and millions of passive consumers below, is the existence of transaction costs — the intangible costs associated with search, bargaining, decision-making and enforcement.

  • OPINION

    Double prices deter tourists

    News, Published on 09/02/2015

    » The government claims to respect tourists as special guests. But in recent times it seems to be treating them as nothing more than walking ATMs. Officials say they are doing everything possible to lure highly valued foreign visitors to these shores, but then they turn around and treat them with disdain. Virtually without notice, the government last week raised the entry fees for national parks. In fact it was more than just a "raise" — it pushed prices so high that a foreign child is made to pay an entrance fee five times that of a Thai adult, while adult tourists pay 10 times the Thai fee.

  • OPINION

    Curbs on political criticism only bottle up discontent

    News, Published on 09/02/2015

    » Poking fun at politics by using satirical banners and floats is the key feature and star attraction of the annual Chulalongkorn-Thammasat university football match.

  • OPINION

    Calls mount to protect the NHRC

    News, Achara Ashayagachat, Published on 09/02/2015

    » The proposal to merge the National Human Rights Commission with the parliamentary Ombudsman has raised the ire of many sectors of society, even critics of the NHRC.

  • OPINION

    Enough love to plague a saint

    Life, Usnisa Sukhsvasti, Published on 09/02/2015

    » Love makes the world go round. That's what they say.

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