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What really connects the people of Asean?
July 28, 2015 1:00 am

What really connects the people of Asean?

Next year marks the 49th anniversary of a historical turning point for this region. On August 8, 1967, the leaders of five nations - Indonesia, Malaysia, the Philippines, Singapore and Thailand - sat down together and signed what was to become known...

Thailand's 'kitchen of the world' defrosts slowly in...
July 21, 2015 1:00 am

Thailand's 'kitchen of the world' defrosts slowly in...

A week in Milan (or any other city in Italy) is enough to kill your appetite for spaghetti. The dish dominates menus everywhere, from busy tourist cafes to small back-alley restaurants, and comes with a vast variety of sauces, all made with local...

Thailand should welcome the unavoidable 'Grexit'
July 7, 2015 1:00 am

Thailand should welcome the unavoidable 'Grexit'

It looks more likely than ever that Greece will exit the euro zone, though however "voluntarily" it does so remains to be seen. The process could take considerable time following the referendum on Sunday in which 61.3 per cent of voters...

Given the world's inequities, global referendums are impossible
June 30, 2015 1:00 am

Given the world's inequities, global referendums are impossible

Putting yourself in Greek shoes, how would you vote in next Sunday's referendum?

A chat with the BOT governor is like a GOOD, LONG READ
June 23, 2015 1:00 am

A chat with the BOT governor is like a GOOD, LONG READ

Bank of Thailand Governor Prasarn Trairatvorakul is second to none when it comes to knowledge about economic issues. And he's not the type to answer questions the easy way.

Workers' tales shed light on the PRODUCTIVITY ISSUE
June 16, 2015 1:00 am

Workers' tales shed light on the PRODUCTIVITY ISSUE

Once in a while, workers are told they must increase their productivity if they want increased rewards. However, that simple equation doesn't apply to all workers. Masseuses, for instance, need to do a lot more than increase their productivity,...

Well-being for all: How is Prayut meeting his pledge?
June 9, 2015 1:00 am

Well-being for all: How is Prayut meeting his pledge?

A recent report in this newspaper gave me the chills. Sansiri is launching a downtown condominium project next year with a price tag of Bt500,000 per square metre or higher.

Keeping the lottery price at Bt80 is not the winning solution
June 2, 2015 1:00 am

Keeping the lottery price at Bt80 is not the winning solution

Growing up in a small town about 500 kilometres from Bangkok, I encountered all kinds of gambling that have long existed in Thai society.

Business TAKES UP global fight against pollution, climate change
May 26, 2015 1:00 am

Business TAKES UP global fight against pollution, climate change

A friend of mine is moving from Bangkok to Shanghai next month. To her surprise, the company is extending her pollution compensation of 3,000 euros (Bt110,000) to cover her two-year contract.

Lots of missing links in Thailand's social development
May 19, 2015 1:00 am

Lots of missing links in Thailand's social development

It caught me by surprise when Channel 3 began airing "Sud Kaen Saen Rak" (Blinded by Love and Hate) recently.