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  • OPINION

    Duties of Asean chair

    News, Editorial, Published on 13/11/2018

    » Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha will be abroad for much of the next week at the annual Asean summit taking place in Singapore. The main meeting is scheduled for Thursday, but there will also be the usual flurry of official meetings with major partners, as well as unscheduled but vital one-on-one discussions on the sidelines. Then, on Saturday and Sunday, most of the Asean leaders plus many others will meet at the Apec Summit at Port Moresby.

  • OPINION

    Monitors can help election

    News, Editorial, Published on 12/11/2018

    » This government is not the first to reject a chance to welcome election monitors. It should, however, have been the first to accept such observers. The regime appears blithely unaware of its growing unpopularity and just how much the country's future depends on the upcoming vote. To paraphrase the old refrain of Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha, if the government has nothing to hide, why is it afraid of what election monitors will find?

  • OPINION

    Asset declaration law angers academics

    News, Editorial, Published on 11/11/2018

    » A new regulation issued by the National Anti-Corruption Commission (NACC) that requires university council members to declare their assets and liabilities has drawn mixed reactions.

  • OPINION

    LGBT bill still gets it wrong

    News, Editorial, Published on 10/11/2018

    » Even though Thailand has adopted quite a tolerant attitude toward the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transsexual (LGBT) community, there are always limits to this. One of these concerns their marital status. Same sex couples can have a wedding ceremony and live together openly, for example, but they cannot legally wed as heterosexual couples can.

  • OPINION

    Unnecessary complications

    News, Editorial, Published on 09/11/2018

    » The working of government and the making of sausages are quite similar, a wise man said more than a century ago. It is often unappealing to watch the process, even if the outcome is often uplifting. Two events sparked by the Thai government last week rather prove the point. The quest for "Taobao Villages" and a sudden demand to protect Thai food from foreigners both came out of the blue, and are more off-putting than attractive.

  • OPINION

    Oppressive to the last

    News, Editorial, Published on 08/11/2018

    » More than four years since the coup, there is still no end in sight to the systematic abuse of the law and intimidation by the police and military of political dissidents and ordinary citizens.

  • OPINION

    Army chief feels a draft

    News, Editorial, Published on 06/11/2018

    » As a new batch of conscripts reported to the army late last week, army commander Apirat Kongsompong used the occasion to defend conscription into the Royal Thai Armed Forces. In the process, Gen Apirat stated two different points in one pithy sentence -- one basically true and the other off the track. He also unfortunately took the occasion to champion current military discipline. He would have been better advised to speak about reform of the Thai military, starting with its methods of discipline.

  • OPINION

    Vendors have their place

    News, Editorial, Published on 05/11/2018

    » Over the past years, Bangkok has witnessed conflicts between the state, especially city administration, and street vendors.

  • OPINION

    Political ban must be lifted

    News, Editorial, Published on 03/11/2018

    » With about three and a half months to go before the general election, the electorate and political parties do not have much time left to get ready. In order to do that, they need to be unchained from the political ban, imposed by the National Council for Peace and Order (NCPO) in 2014, which restricts freedom of expression and political activities.

  • OPINION

    Let's protect child migrants

    News, Editorial, Published on 02/11/2018

    » Recent reports by two human rights advocacy agencies demonstrate the plight of child migrants in state custody in Thailand as legal mechanisms based on humanitarian principles are sadly lacking to properly handle those who are arrested and jailed with their parents or relatives.

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