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US trafficking report: When doing the right thing just ain't...
July 30, 2015 1:00 am

US trafficking report: When doing the right thing just ain't...

We are very surprised by this year's report, which seems to be making blatantly political decisions that we consider will have a really detrimental impact on both the integrity of the report and progress in the global fight to end modern...

A knight on a limping horse
July 23, 2015 1:00 am

A knight on a limping horse

Last week, a seemingly exasperated Premier Prayut Chan-o-cha declared that he was no knight on a white horse. If he were a knight at all, he added, he would be riding a lame horse.

A view from Iran on the nuclear accord
July 16, 2015 1:00 am

A view from Iran on the nuclear accord

President Barack Obama put his best foot forward when he made the official announcement on the historic agreement reached between the six world powers and Iran over the latter's nuclear programme. "This is not an agreement based on trust,...

It's time to get past Thaksin and focus on things THAT MATTER
June 18, 2015 7:12 pm

It's time to get past Thaksin and focus on things THAT MATTER

For the last decade, Thailand has been a tormented country. That predicament has coincided with the political fate of one man, former prime minister Thaksin Shinawatra. For many diverse and complex reasons and motives, his own problems have been...

The dangers of SELECTIVE TRUTH
June 11, 2015 1:00 am

The dangers of SELECTIVE TRUTH

In 2011, Reuters reporter Andrew MacGregor Marshall left the agency after 17 years in the job. His exit, according to the UK's Independent newspaper, came after he dared to "tell the truth" about Thailand in articles and a book.

South China Sea: Will it be history's NEXT GREAT WAR ZONE?
May 28, 2015 1:00 am

South China Sea: Will it be history's NEXT GREAT WAR ZONE?

YOU GO!" was the demand Chinese Navy radio operators barked eight times, each time louder, at the US P8-A Poseidon surveillance plane that was flying over the disputed Spratly Islands in the South China Sea.

On boat people: More SINNERS than saints
May 21, 2015 1:00 am

On boat people: More SINNERS than saints

Cockroaches" and "a plague of feral humans" were the terms used to describe boat people earlier this month by Katie Hopkins, a British television personality. She proposed that nations "bring on gunships, force migrants back to...

Down and out in a blind man's paradise
May 14, 2015 1:00 am

Down and out in a blind man's paradise

The woman in her late 20s excused herself from the conversation she was having with a student interviewing her for his research, to do "some business". She came back less than 10 minutes later - and Bt12 the richer.

Of pride, honour and dignity
April 30, 2015 1:00 am

Of pride, honour and dignity

Every day Bunjerd, who's in his late 40s, goes to work in a clean, ironed long-sleeved shirt, belted trousers, socks tucked neatly in tidy leather shoes. He sets up his shop each morning and cleans the tools of his trade, getting ready for the...

Let's take a leaf out of Lee's book to deal with EU yellow...
April 23, 2015 1:00 am

Let's take a leaf out of Lee's book to deal with EU yellow...

"Greatly disappointed" were the civilised words used in the statement by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs on the European Union (EU), specifically the Directorate-General for Maritime Affairs and Fisheries (DG MARE), to hand Thailand a...