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Subsidised Thailand: a fool's paradise all of us are funding
March 24, 2015 1:00 am

Subsidised Thailand: a fool's paradise all of us are funding

The Supreme Court's decision last week to order former prime minister Yingluck Shinawatra to stand trial on May 19 over her government's rice-pledging scheme was not unexpected. But rather than feeling sorry for her or satisfied with her...

The people's power versus the junta's power
March 17, 2015 1:00 am

The people's power versus the junta's power

As a homeowner, I was delighted last week when Prime Minister General Prayut Chan-o-cha put a brake on plans to make owners of houses worth more than Bt3 million pay full tax.

For gender equality, it's the little things that count
March 10, 2015 1:00 am

For gender equality, it's the little things that count

On Sunday, women around the world joined marches for equality.

Thailand's rice basket shrivels amid drought of long-term policy
March 3, 2015 1:00 am

Thailand's rice basket shrivels amid drought of long-term policy

The tyranny of the hot season has returned, as the temperature climbs towards a sizzling 40 degrees.

The meaning of integrity in Thai society
February 24, 2015 1:00 am

The meaning of integrity in Thai society

There was a long pause. Kasikornbank president Teeranun Srihong was midway through a talk on his bank's anti-corruption practices when he hit an obstacle. The snag was the English word "integrity" - a must-have quality for the...

Just passengers on Thailand's runaway train projects?
February 17, 2015 1:00 am

Just passengers on Thailand's runaway train projects?

After prime minister General Prayut Chan-o-cha inked the Bangkok-Nong Khai railway deal with Beijing, Thailand has again become a target for foreign suitors interested in rail contracts.

Bad ads and strategy thwart Thai tourism again
February 10, 2015 1:00 am

Bad ads and strategy thwart Thai tourism again

The past 12 months has been a difficult time for the aviation industry, with a series of air disasters. But has this affected global tourism? The answer is no.

Corporate generosity can help beat dangerous inequality
February 3, 2015 1:00 am

Corporate generosity can help beat dangerous inequality

Last month, top political and business leaders gathered in Davos, Switzerland, for talks that could change the world.

No country for old men - and reform must tackle that too
January 27, 2015 1:00 am

No country for old men - and reform must tackle that too

Bangkok is quieter than usual. Despite the larger number of vehicles, traffic is light after 10pm. On weekends, shoppers at malls start to flee home from 8pm.

Children need more than wise words - they need examples
January 20, 2015 1:00 am

Children need more than wise words - they need examples

It was a touching story from the Philippine Daily Inquirer: A 12-year-old girl asked visiting Pope Francis on Sunday, "Why does God allow such things to happen?"