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It's time to get past Thaksin and focus on things THAT MATTER
June 18, 2015 7:12 pm

It's time to get past Thaksin and focus on things THAT MATTER

For the last decade, Thailand has been a tormented country. That predicament has coincided with the political fate of one man, former prime minister Thaksin Shinawatra. For many diverse and complex reasons and motives, his own problems have been...

The dangers of SELECTIVE TRUTH
June 11, 2015 1:00 am

The dangers of SELECTIVE TRUTH

In 2011, Reuters reporter Andrew MacGregor Marshall left the agency after 17 years in the job. His exit, according to the UK's Independent newspaper, came after he dared to "tell the truth" about Thailand in articles and a book.

South China Sea: Will it be history's NEXT GREAT WAR ZONE?
May 28, 2015 1:00 am

South China Sea: Will it be history's NEXT GREAT WAR ZONE?

YOU GO!" was the demand Chinese Navy radio operators barked eight times, each time louder, at the US P8-A Poseidon surveillance plane that was flying over the disputed Spratly Islands in the South China Sea.

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...