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Will a 'remorseful' Abe offer an official...
April 23, 2015 1:00 am

Will a 'remorseful' Abe offer an official...

Will he deliver an official apology? Or will he just express "remorse".

Real reform can't begin without tackling old ailments
April 16, 2015 1:00 am

Real reform can't begin without tackling old ailments

No, we haven't been officially labelled the new "Sick Man of Asia" just yet. But if we dig deep enough into our social, economic and political ailments that are being addressed by the National Reform Council (NRC), we might find the...

Vicious circle of martial law, Article 44, 'democracy'
April 9, 2015 1:00 am

Vicious circle of martial law, Article 44, 'democracy'

There is no getting away from it: Lifting martial law doesn't mean anything if it's replaced by an equally, if not more, draconian law.

Proven fact: Absolute political power can't jack up GDP GROWTH
April 2, 2015 1:00 am

Proven fact: Absolute political power can't jack up GDP GROWTH

Premier Prayut Chan-o-cha faces two major decisions this week: 1. Will he lift martial law? If so, how does he explain the decision to replace it with the all-embracing Article 44 of the interim charter, which may be even more draconian and...

China's strategy of 2 'eyes', 4...
March 26, 2015 1:00 am

China's strategy of 2 'eyes', 4...

Chinese Prime Minister Li Keqiang, at his press conference marking the conclusion of the annual session of the National People's Congress last Sunday, compared his country's economic development to the Chinese game of Go.

Suspicion over NCPO's role after charter is promulgated
March 19, 2015 1:00 am

Suspicion over NCPO's role after charter is promulgated

One day, he said he was ready to call it quits "if the public doesn't want me". The next day, he was equally unequivocal that nothing could change his determination to stay the course.

PM should give reporters the punch-lines, not the punch
March 12, 2015 1:00 am

PM should give reporters the punch-lines, not the punch

Does it constitute a "threat" if the prime minister says he feels like punching a reporter for repeatedly asking why the government has failed to live up to its pledge to get things done?

Yes, anyone can become PM, if the new charter says so
March 5, 2015 1:00 am

Yes, anyone can become PM, if the new charter says so

There is no avoiding the deeply rooted suspicion that the Constitution drafters who pushed through Article 174 were paving the way for the coup-makers to continue to hold political power even after a new election is held.

Political reconciliation without collusion or conspiracy
February 26, 2015 1:00 am

Political reconciliation without collusion or conspiracy

The concept of a "national unity government" in Thai political culture has always been linked to a perception of "collusion" and/or "conspiracy".

Political reform can't succeed without a sense of humour
February 12, 2015 1:00 am

Political reform can't succeed without a sense of humour

Premier Prayut Chan-o-cha told reporters last week that he was in fact a "funny guy" and that if he at times had looked miffed and frustrated over the questions posed by the scribes, he was only pretending. I assume he was suggesting that...