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Just a temporary truce in the war of words over casinos
July 2, 2015 1:00 am

Just a temporary truce in the war of words over casinos

The prime minister might have told the national police chief to stop his campaign to legalise casinos in Thailand, but you can be sure that the controversy won't just die away. It's only a matter of time before the hot issue rears its ugly...

A new ROAD-MAP TWIST: consolidation versus reconciliation
June 25, 2015 1:00 am

A new ROAD-MAP TWIST: consolidation versus reconciliation

The political road map towards the next election is being revised so extensively that anyone could get lost, take a wrong exit or pull over to a roadside "rest stop" for an indefinite break.

WHICH ROAD MAP are we talking about today?
June 18, 2015 1:00 am

WHICH ROAD MAP are we talking about today?

If someone should ask you today whether you believe the government will ultimately follow its road map, you should respond with a question: "Which road map are you talking about?"

Call for 'reforms before elections' forces a detour in...
June 11, 2015 1:00 am

Call for 'reforms before elections' forces a detour in...

Opinion polls and web pages advocating "reforms before elections" have sprung up. But users of the social media have also been describing this push as an attempt to extend the tenure of the interim government.

What's the fuss over 'citizens' and 'people'...
June 4, 2015 1:00 am

What's the fuss over 'citizens' and 'people'...

Does it really matter whether the new constitution uses the term "citizens" instead of "the people" or "persons"? For chief charter writer Borwornsak Uwanno, the answer is, yes, it's crucial. In fact, it's the...

New election timeline is anybody's guess
May 28, 2015 1:00 am

New election timeline is anybody's guess

Now that all parties concerned have agreed on holding a national referendum on the new constitution draft - a provision that isn't incorporated in the current interim charter - how is General Prayut Chan-o-Cha's "road map" towards...

Referendum on new charter: A DECEPTIVELY SIMPLE issue
May 21, 2015 1:00 am

Referendum on new charter: A DECEPTIVELY SIMPLE issue

Premier Prayut Chan-o-cha was initially against holding a referendum on the new constitution draft, citing the estimated Bt3 billion budget for the vote which, he said, could be more fruitfully spent elsewhere.

Education reform: First put teachers back in the classroom!
May 14, 2015 1:00 am

Education reform: First put teachers back in the classroom!

Education reform, one of the major topics in the ongoing reform process, can't begin to see the light of the day without some real efforts to shake things up. But that probably won't happen in the foreseeable future despite what the...

Still NOT TOO LATE for Japan to join the AIIB
May 7, 2015 1:00 am

Still NOT TOO LATE for Japan to join the AIIB

Should Japan join the China-led Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank (AIIB)? Officially, the Abe government has been ambivalent, taking a wait-and-see position and saying that it's concerned about the standards of governance to be adopted by...

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".