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Is he that mysterious ‘outsider’? No clear Yes, but not a flat No
August 25, 2016 1:00 am

Is he that mysterious ‘outsider’? No clear Yes, but not a flat No

Nobody is quite sure how and where he stumbled upon the political crystal ball. But Paiboon Nittitawan, the outspoken pro-establishment activist, is already predicting the outcome of the next general election.

How to create a ‘start-up nation’: Yiddish chutzpah versus Thai...
August 18, 2016 1:00 am

How to create a ‘start-up nation’: Yiddish chutzpah versus Thai...

Can Thailand can learn anything from Israel in terms of getting really serious about launching business startups? A lot, it seems. But the biggest key is probably neither government policies nor financial subsidies from the private and public...

Lesson from referendum: We’re nowhere near reconciliation
August 11, 2016 1:00 am

Lesson from referendum: We’re nowhere near reconciliation

The outcome of the August 7 referendum was not much of a surprise although it did send a few important messages that, if well taken, could pave the way to getting closer to solutions to some of the country’s deep-rooted, drawn-out problems.

Frustration, sarcasm and exceptionalism
August 4, 2016 1:00 am

Frustration, sarcasm and exceptionalism

This Sunday, about 50 million Thais will be eligible to cast their ballots once again, this time to decide whether they endorse the constitution draft or not. It seems rather simple on the ballot. But things are much more complicated than that.

August 7 referendum: Will we muddle through yet again?
July 28, 2016 1:00 am

August 7 referendum: Will we muddle through yet again?

With about one week before the Big Referendum on August 7 to decide whether the constitution draft will be approved, most Thais may still be undecided on how to vote.

Let live TV debate begin, let 100 (plastic) flowers bloom!
July 21, 2016 1:00 am

Let live TV debate begin, let 100 (plastic) flowers bloom!

It’s a bit too late to talk about a real debate on the pros and cons of the constitution draft. But it’s better late than never - although any semblance of a public discourse on the issue should at best be considered nothing more than symbolic.

I beg your pardon: Is this constitution edible?
July 14, 2016 1:00 am

I beg your pardon: Is this constitution edible?

The Constitutional Court has ruled that the law governing the upcoming referendum on the charter draft is constitutional. But that won’t stop critics from claiming it’s far from undemocratic.

Imminent verdict on South China Sea will test Asean unity
July 7, 2016 1:00 am

Imminent verdict on South China Sea will test Asean unity

Asean’s centrality and unity, which were virtually undermined by the “disappearing” joint statement following a special Asean-China foreign ministers’ meeting in Kunming, is due for another major test next week.

Whether it’s 12 or 15 years, how can ‘free’ schooling get...
June 30, 2016 1:00 am

Whether it’s 12 or 15 years, how can ‘free’ schooling get...

The seniormost bureaucrat at the Education Ministry doesn’t like the term “free education.” He prefers “no-expense-involved schooling” for Thai children.

Cultivating a sufficiency-philosophy mindset must start in Grade 1
June 23, 2016 1:00 am

Cultivating a sufficiency-philosophy mindset must start in Grade 1

A new book on the sufficiency economy philosophy makes a bold claim. The publication is titled “Sufficiency Thinking: Thailand’s Gift to an Unsustainable World”.