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Remaking US foreign policy: may the wisdom of its forefathers prevail
August 26, 2016 1:00 am

Remaking US foreign policy: may the wisdom of its forefathers prevail

There is no denying that the United States is the most powerful country on Earth, both militarily and economically.

Is regime change a motive behind the recent bombings?
August 19, 2016 1:00 am

Is regime change a motive behind the recent bombings?

At this juncture there appears to be no simple and straightforward answer to the question of exactly who perpetrated last week’s spate of bombings. Naturally, conspiracy theories are abundant. Most Thais have settled for a “whoever” attitude...

In victory, magnanimity
August 12, 2016 1:00 am

In victory, magnanimity

The result of the referendum last week was the declaration of the Thai “silent majority”, unfettered by the lure of money and stifling political sorcery that normally factored in heavily when people went to the polls in previous times. It was a...

'Give Me A Dollar, Or I Will Vote For Trump'
August 5, 2016 1:00 am

'Give Me A Dollar, Or I Will Vote For Trump'

Panhandlers of New York seem to have found a fresh new gimmick to promote their enterprise by exploiting the toxic political climate in the US, when they put those words on their tool of trade

Thais should ask themselves: ‘Is this what we are as a nation?’
July 29, 2016 1:00 am

Thais should ask themselves: ‘Is this what we are as a nation?’

On Thursday, US Vice President Joe Biden posted this question to his fellow Americans during his address at the Democratic convention in Philadelphia.

Freedom of expression and problems with bullies, trolls and terrorists
July 22, 2016 1:00 am

Freedom of expression and problems with bullies, trolls and terrorists

Nothing to do with Scandinavian folklore, an Internet troll is a person who sows discord by posting mendacious, inflammatory and spurious messages with the deliberate intent of provoking extreme emotion, or disrupting normal on-topic discussions, for...

PCA ruling on South China Sea will end up exacerbating tensions
July 8, 2016 1:00 am

PCA ruling on South China Sea will end up exacerbating tensions

On July 12, the Permanent Court of Arbitration (PCA) will rule on the seven submissions made by the Philippines. One of the submissions is the legality of the nine- (now 10) dash line that encompasses approximately 2,000,000 square kilometres of...

UNSC vote is not a referendum on Thailand’s world standing
June 30, 2016 1:00 am

UNSC vote is not a referendum on Thailand’s world standing

After 7 wasted years, current government cannot be blamed for failure to win a seat

The saffron-robed protest: a day which will live in infamy
February 18, 2016 1:00 am

The saffron-robed protest: a day which will live in infamy

In Thailand until recently, monks have been the most revered social group. More than 90 per cent of Thais are Buddhist, and temples, now more than 20,000 in number, have traditionally been the centre of their life, the ultimate source of their...

The senselessness of American policy towards Thailand
February 11, 2016 1:00 am

The senselessness of American policy towards Thailand

The push for an election in Thailand is front and centre of United States policy towards its oldest ally in Asia. On the one hand, it is understandable why the US is preaching to its friend, a loyal one until now -- though perhaps not for much...