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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...

The home stretch; the longest lap
January 14, 2016 1:00 am

The home stretch; the longest lap

My mother looks like a fighter-jet pilot. Her head is under an oxygen mask and helmet, equipped with goggles and nozzle. Her breathing is shallow, hard and irregular, her every exhalation plainly audible. Unable to speak, at times she raises her...

Why do we love our King? Let us count the ways
December 3, 2015 1:00 am

Why do we love our King? Let us count the ways

With all the rage over Section 112 both at home and abroad, the majority of Thais continue to hold His Majesty closest to their hearts. They recognise the depth of his sacrifice for his country and people, even when it is tantamount to placing gold...

For some academics, it's all about pushing the envelope
November 26, 2015 1:00 am

For some academics, it's all about pushing the envelope

A group of 323 academics has submitted a petition to the government demanding that it grant freedom of expression in universities and cease harassing those who choose to exercise such freedoms.

Piecemeal World War Three: This is as real as it gets
November 19, 2015 1:00 am

Piecemeal World War Three: This is as real as it gets

Last year in September, Pope Francis warned against what he called a "piecemeal" World War III, one that was fought with crimes, massacres and destruction. The warning came as he prayed at the burial place of 100,000 Italian soldiers,...