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Thai-Sino railway project: Neither side can afford a derailment
May 19, 2016 1:00 am

Thai-Sino railway project: Neither side can afford a derailment

The Thai-Sino railway project has been declared “back on track” after the 10th and latest round of talks in Beijing last week. If it’s back on track, does that mean the scheme had been derailed?

Referendum: The dos and don’ts, and the whys and hows
May 12, 2016 1:00 am

Referendum: The dos and don’ts, and the whys and hows

Confused about what you can and cannot do for the upcoming referendum on the constitution draft? You aren’t alone. In fact, you belong to the majority of people, who aren’t quite sure what the rules are - or aren’t.

Chat between Ma and Zuckerberg offers glimpse of our ‘virtual’...
May 5, 2016 1:00 am

Chat between Ma and Zuckerberg offers glimpse of our ‘virtual’...

Jack Ma, founder and CEO of Alibaba, met Mark Zuckerberg of Facebook for a lively conversation in Beijing recently. They talked about our machine-versus-man epoch as well as the need for China’s economy to embrace technology in all its forms.

Charter referendum: Shhh! Don’t tell me what you think!
April 28, 2016 1:00 am

Charter referendum: Shhh! Don’t tell me what you think!

It’s going to be a very interesting national referendum on August 7, when the country will decide whether or not to accept the draft of the new constitution. In the meantime nobody is sure of the ground rules for the run-up to the vote - and that...

A question of when, not whether, FinTech replaces conventional banking
April 21, 2016 1:00 am

A question of when, not whether, FinTech replaces conventional banking

Asked about emerging financial technology (FinTech) that threatens to disrupt the whole banking industry, a Southeast Asian central banker offered this highly interesting comment during a recent panel discussion:

Why citizen-power is the antidote to wealth concentration
April 14, 2016 1:00 am

Why citizen-power is the antidote to wealth concentration

Can growing wealth concentration - which has become a global threat to peace - be halted?

A chance encounter with two top charter writers
April 7, 2016 1:00 am

A chance encounter with two top charter writers

I recently ran into two of the country’s most prominent constitution drafters (or “designers”, in today’s jargon). Borwornsak Uwanno and Noranit Setabutr were kind enough to answer some of my questions on the history of charter drafting -...

Thai-Chinese rail project: Next stop to Nowhere Station
March 31, 2016 1:00 am

Thai-Chinese rail project: Next stop to Nowhere Station

Has the Thai-Chinese high-speed train project been derailed? Officially it’s still on, albeit on a reduced scale. Unofficially, the scheme has been suspended until further notice.

An appointed Senate to prevent another coup? Really?
March 24, 2016 1:00 am

An appointed Senate to prevent another coup? Really?

Deputy Prime Minister Prawit Wongsuwan recently made two very interesting public pledges that shouldn’t go unnoticed by any political analyst seeking to identify the “Next Big Political Game” unfolding before the return to elections, scheduled...

Plot thickens as high political drama on charter unfolds
March 17, 2016 1:00 am

Plot thickens as high political drama on charter unfolds

Officially, Premier Prayut Chan-o-cha and Chairman of the Constitution Drafting Committee (CDC) Meechai Ruchupan are on the best of terms.