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Roadmap Phase II: The uphill climb gets tougher
July 17, 2014 1:00 am

Roadmap Phase II: The uphill climb gets tougher

"We are praying for you. You should pray for us too

General Prayuth's dilemma: A single, dual or triple role?
July 10, 2014 1:00 am

General Prayuth's dilemma: A single, dual or triple role?

In one way, he doesn't want to be seen as the "Supreme Leader". But then, since he has decided to take the plunge, he will have to see the mission through - and most people around him have told him he will have to go through with it...

China's Big Purge is on: the 'Tigers and Flies'...
July 4, 2014 1:00 am

China's Big Purge is on: the 'Tigers and Flies'...

The Big Purge is on in China. The level of graft in high places has angered the Chinese public to the point that the sight of another Rolex-toting official only convinces them that the system of corruption remains unshaken.

For sustainable farming, get populist politics out of the way
June 26, 2014 1:00 am

For sustainable farming, get populist politics out of the way

The most effective way for the government to help Thai farmers and the rice industry is simple and urgent: Just stay put.

The coup, the promises and the roadmap
June 20, 2014 1:00 am

The coup, the promises and the roadmap

If things go according to the junta's roadmap, one line of speculation is that a new general election could be held in May, 2015. But then, that depends on whether the first of three phases, from now until August, goes "according to...

Healing the nation's wounds must involve all stakeholders
June 5, 2014 1:00 am

Healing the nation's wounds must involve all stakeholders

The military junta is pushing ahead with its reconciliation project, perhaps the highest item on its agenda. But it's going to be much more challenging than just getting people to sit down to talk nicely to one another.

No, not everything is broken; but the gridlock can't last...
May 15, 2014 1:00 am

No, not everything is broken; but the gridlock can't last...

The pressure is on for all parties in the conflict to strike a compromise if they are to remain significant players in the national political landscape. The showdown has reached the point where neither side can call the shots. They now realise that...

Abhisit's 'mission impossible' may still kick-start...
May 2, 2014 1:00 am

Abhisit's 'mission impossible' may still kick-start...

Abhisit Vejjajiva took many by surprise when he declared, almost out of the blue, last week that he was embarking on a new approach to help find a way out of the country's political crisis.

All sides will lose if chaos of post-Songkran scenarios breaks out
April 24, 2014 1:00 am

All sides will lose if chaos of post-Songkran scenarios breaks out

Is the much-predicted "political apocalypse" inevitable?

Post-Songkran politics: Worst-case scenario isn't an option
April 17, 2014 1:00 am

Post-Songkran politics: Worst-case scenario isn't an option

Most analysts say a new round of confrontation between the caretaker government and the protesting PDRC (People's Democratic Reform Council), this time even more explosive than before, awaits the country after the annual Songkran festival.