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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...

Will new ambassador usher in a new dawn in US-Thailand ties?
April 16, 2015 1:00 am

Will new ambassador usher in a new dawn in US-Thailand ties?

President Barack Obama announced the appointment of the new US ambassador to Thailand on the Thai New Year. Many here quietly hope that this appointment will mark a new beginning after a rather sad and abysmal period in Thai-US relations in recent...

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.