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  • OPINION

    Clergy must drop its dependence on state 

    News, Sanitsuda Ekachai, Published on 24/02/2016

    » The Sangha Council and its supporters should realise one thing in their campaign to pressure the government to endorse the supreme patriarch of their choice: They can't have the cake and eat it too.

  • OPINION

    British petulance is shaping European Union's future

    News, Gwynne Dyer, Published on 24/02/2016

    » What would you call a country that called for "a structure under which [Europe] can dwell in peace, in safety and in freedom ... a kind of United States of Europe" at the end of the Second World War (Winston Churchill, 1946), but refused to join that structure when its European neighbours actually began building it (European Economic Community, or EEC, 1957)?

  • OPINION

    How to boost confidence in the police

    News, Published on 24/02/2016

    » Ask Thais which state agency needs to undergo reforms first, and most would have no hesitation in suggesting the police service. This is because policing affects people's everyday lives while the police force has long been criticised for its inefficiency, influence peddling and corruption.

  • OPINION

    Slave trade gains are real

    News, Editorial, Published on 24/02/2016

    » The government is preparing to submit information for the 2016 edition of the US report on human trafficking. For once, this submission will have something interesting, beyond vague promises and careful commitments. The military regime has made real achievements against the slave trade. But as efforts at home yield results, President Barack Obama and the US Congress are raising the bar further. The warnings are clear that much remains to be done to get the upper hand over this human exploitation.

  • OPINION

    Choose friends wisely

    News, Postbag, Published on 24/02/2016

    » Even though I am a part-time resident of this beautiful country, I feel an urge to speak about the role by the present government to protect the wishes of a majority of Thai people who just want a better life.

  • LIFE

    An East-West love affair

    Life, Published on 24/02/2016

    » Businessman Brice Genin's heart belongs to Europe, but he can't seem to end his love affair with Asia.

  • BUSINESS

    A closer look at global supply chain ecosystems

    Business, Barry Elliott, Published on 24/02/2016

    » We continue from our previous column with a more detailed synopsis of the key points Mark Millar makes in his important book, Global Supply Chain Ecosystems: Strategies for Competitive Advantage in a Complex, Connected World.

  • TECH

    Raising the drawbridges

    Life, Graham K. Rogers, Published on 24/02/2016

    » In a court decision in California, Apple was ordered to design a new operating system that would disable the erasing of all contents of an iPhone 5c after 10 failed passcode attempts. Within hours Tim Cook had put out a testy comment on the decision and Apple's commitment to its customers -- not the one specific iPhone that the FBI want pried open, but those of all customers, now and future.

  • LIFE

    Sworn out of secrecy

    Life, Duangphat Sitthipat, Published on 24/02/2016

    » Thailand may have been taken to task by the international community for its treatment of émigrés escaping persecution, from the Rohingya to the Uighur and some Chinese dissidents. But for North Korean defectors running away from their country, Thailand is often their only safe haven.

  • BUSINESS

    Rakuten sells stake in Tarad

    Business, Suchit Leesa-nguansuk, Published on 24/02/2016

    » Japanese e-commerce giant Rakuten Inc is closing its local joint-venture online business by selling its entire shareholding stake in Tarad.com, Thailand's largest e-commerce company.

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