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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.

We are in need of better social safety nets
January 8, 2015 1:00 am

We are in need of better social safety nets

The mass murder-suicide of a family of five on New Year's Eve was utterly heartbreaking, and yet it will soon be forgotten. People have enough of their own problems to let it keep weighing heavily in their minds.

A lesson of Esau for a New Year wish
December 25, 2014 7:16 am

A lesson of Esau for a New Year wish

The Old Testament canon of the Christian Bible contains many intriguing tales. Of particular relevance to us at this very juncture would be Genesis chapters 25-50.

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.