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His Majesty's greatest gift to the country?
December 4, 2014 1:00 am

His Majesty's greatest gift to the country?

One observation often made by foreign tourists after visiting Chitralada Palace is that the place looks more like a vast research and development compound than a royal residence. And they are not wrong.

Malls here, malls there, malls everywhere
November 20, 2014 7:18 am

Malls here, malls there, malls everywhere

Every day seems to bring another announcement of a new shopping mall being developed, as if we didn't have enough already.

A landmark victory for animal rights
November 13, 2014 1:00 am

A landmark victory for animal rights

For 20 long years, the Thai Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (TSPCA) fought an unrelentingly uphill, at times bloody, and usually lonely battle for animal rights and welfare. It was the powerful fuel of compassion that kept them...

A proud nation does not place itself on the chopping block
November 6, 2014 1:00 am

A proud nation does not place itself on the chopping block

The consensus is that Thailand desperately needs an infrastructure upgrade, and for at least three major reasons. One, our basic transport network, especially the railways, is in a sorry state and rail is the most economical means of transport. Two,...

Empathy: A bit more of it wouldn't hurt
October 30, 2014 1:00 am

Empathy: A bit more of it wouldn't hurt

British singer Cat Stevens in 1976 at his Majikat concert in Williamsburg, Virginia - 18 months before entering his 30-year break from music before reappearing on stage again under the name Yusuf Islam - said the following about his song "Sad...

An open letter to Prime Minister Prayut
October 23, 2014 1:00 am

An open letter to Prime Minister Prayut

There is no better occasion to offer this letter than today, as the nation commemorates the passing of one of our greatest monarchs - King Chulalongkorn, Rama V.

It's a bird, it's a plane, it's the Bamboo School
October 9, 2014 1:00 am

It's a bird, it's a plane, it's the Bamboo School

At first, second or even third glance, it's difficult to define this school of 134 students in Buri Ram province. Even more difficult to grasp are all the groundbreaking ideas that went into making the school refreshingly unique. It is no...

Lesson from America: When a 'JV' team turned into an NBA...
September 18, 2014 1:00 am

Lesson from America: When a 'JV' team turned into an NBA...

Last week on Wednesday, President Obama gave a prime-time speech to the nation on what he had in store for the Islamic State. More than 34 million Americans tuned in to hear Obama vow to "degrade and ultimately destroy" this barbarous...

Unveiling the real killer of human rights
September 11, 2014 1:00 am

Unveiling the real killer of human rights

The photograph of Krissuda Kunasan posing proudly in front of the United Nations Human Right Commission (UNHRC) office in Geneva mocks the sensibility of many Thais. She was there to report on suppression of freedom of expression by the National...

The fault of ML Panadda
August 28, 2014 9:20 am

The fault of ML Panadda

Harry Truman, one of America's most underrated presidents, had a reputation for hell-raising rhetoric: