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Reform blueprint might just be a red herring to divert public...
October 16, 2014 1:00 am

Reform blueprint might just be a red herring to divert public...

At first glance, the "reform blueprint" released by the Defence Ministry Permanent Secretary's Office to members of the newly formed National Reform Council (NRC) looks rather suspicious.

Bhutan: Can social media enhance Gross National Happiness?
October 9, 2014 1:00 am

Bhutan: Can social media enhance Gross National Happiness?

Bhutan, the only country in the world to make "Gross National Happiness (GNH)" a national policy, has also drawn up a social media policy with an interesting twist: the social networks can be an important tool for GNH and good governance.

What exactly will the 250 'reformers' be doing?
October 2, 2014 1:00 am

What exactly will the 250 'reformers' be doing?

Premier Prayut Chan-o-cha has pleaded with the public to refrain from making critical remarks about how the 250 members of the National Reform Council (NRC) were picked. He promised to replace anyone who doesn't prove to be qualified.

From analog control to digital coup?
September 25, 2014 1:00 am

From analog control to digital coup?

It should have come as no surprise to those in the know. But then very few people in the know were involved in the plan to declare "the digital economy" the main pillar of the Prayut Cabinet.

Taxing the rich: It's tough. That's why it must be done
September 18, 2014 1:00 am

Taxing the rich: It's tough. That's why it must be done

You can't say Prime Minister Prayuth Chan-ocha isn't ambitious in his national agenda. As soon as he put down in writing that his government will tax the rich to create a more equitable society, cynics began to suggest that he had bitten...

Corruption, Yingluck and rice scheme
September 11, 2014 1:00 am

Corruption, Yingluck and rice scheme

The verbal exchange was a rare one, and as its focus was former Premier Yingluck Shinawatra and allegations concerning corruption in the controversial rice price-pledging policy, it inevitably escalated into a showdown that became the talk of the...

National Reform Council or a talking shop?
September 4, 2014 1:00 am

National Reform Council or a talking shop?

The overwhelming interest among leading figures from various fields in offering themselves to be screened to join the 250-member National Reform Council (NRC) should pave the way for a dynamic exchange of views over where Thailand should go next.

Cabinet and NCPO: Will the twain ever meet?
August 28, 2014 1:00 am

Cabinet and NCPO: Will the twain ever meet?

A joke being shared in the social media depicts a fictional exchange between a reporter and Prime Minister Prayuth Chan-ocha:

NCPO's road to real reform could get bumpy
August 21, 2014 1:00 am

NCPO's road to real reform could get bumpy

The National Council for Peace and Order (NCPO) says it will give the 250-member National Reform Council (NRC) a "free hand" in debating the 11 areas of proposed reform. But the final decision on who will be named to the council still rests...

NIT: In search of an alternative to populist policy
August 14, 2014 1:00 am

NIT: In search of an alternative to populist policy

Members of the think-tank at the Finance Ministry have been thinking aloud about how to find an alternative to controversial and expensive populist policy. Their mission is to identify the "real poor", engage them and make them part of...