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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".

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.