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In memoriam Lee Kuan Yew: His monument - Singapore
March 26, 2015 1:00 am

In memoriam Lee Kuan Yew: His monument - Singapore

Hundreds, perhaps thousands, of obituaries have been written about the one man who made the impossible a reality. The life and work of Lee Kuan Yew - the founding father of Singapore, who passed away four days ago - will be studied around the world...

Iran's nuclear programme: Facts and fictions
March 19, 2015 1:00 am

Iran's nuclear programme: Facts and fictions

All the world knows that Iran is "very close" to equipping itself with nuclear weapons. That "knowledge" comes from nuclear talks that started 25 years ago. But the fact that the world, led by the US, is still negotiating with...

The curious case of fish politics
March 18, 2015 1:00 am

The curious case of fish politics

No one can deny it is a crime against humanity, one that has no part in any civilised world. Yet modern-day slavery comes in many shapes and forms and is thriving in every country via global supply chains. The US is no exception.

Our prime minister deserves every chance to make it work
March 12, 2015 1:00 am

Our prime minister deserves every chance to make it work

Theodore Roosevelt, the 26th president of the United States, once said, "Far and away the best prize that life has to offer is the chance to work hard at work worth doing." Nobody could tell if he was just philosophising, or if he was...

Hitler does not live here, nor does Mao or Mussolini
February 26, 2015 1:00 am

Hitler does not live here, nor does Mao or Mussolini

And J Edgar Hoover does not reside at the Hoover Institute, continuing his habit of collecting secret files, at its base in Stanford University - the alma mater of Doug Bandow, who writes for Forbes Magazine, and of myself.

When one feels inferior, one does things that keep one poor
February 19, 2015 1:00 am

When one feels inferior, one does things that keep one poor

So said Sunil Mukhi, a theoretical physicist at the Indian Institute of Science Education and Research. He was making a case in support of Prime Minister Narendra Modi's grand design to make India the new superpower in physics.

The significance of strategic partnership with Japan
February 12, 2015 1:00 am

The significance of strategic partnership with Japan

Before our colour-coded politics blinded good judgement of foreign policy during the last two administrations, Thailand was known as a country with an adroit touch. "Bamboo in the wind" diplomacy, coupled with a well thought-out...

The PARADOX of freedom and the importance of context
February 5, 2015 1:00 am

The PARADOX of freedom and the importance of context

Human Rights Watch has drawn much publicity for its recently published report describing the human rights situation in Thailand under Premier Prayut Chan-o-cha as being in "free fall". But the report needs fact-based and rational...

To Secretary Daniel Russel: Please open your mind and be fair
January 29, 2015 1:00 am

To Secretary Daniel Russel: Please open your mind and be fair

We understand that the United States wishes to see every country in the world adopt representative democracy under the principles of liberalism whereby the rights of the individual are protected under the law. However, it is hard to comprehend how...

The first major test for this government
January 22, 2015 1:00 am

The first major test for this government

To impeach or not to impeach: that is the question." This seems to be what members of the National Legislative Assembly (NLA) and the people all around Thailand are pondering ahead of the judgment day tomorrow.