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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”.

A revealing encounter with AIIB president Jin Liqun
June 16, 2016 1:00 am

A revealing encounter with AIIB president Jin Liqun

Anyone who asks the president of the Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank (AIIB) if his new international financial institution is in fact part of China’s expanding diplomacy had better be prepared for a prolonged exchange. Jin Liqun doesn’t...

Encounter with Li Keqiang: Throw out the script
June 9, 2016 1:00 am

Encounter with Li Keqiang: Throw out the script

When the interview with Prime Minister Li Keqiang was set for editors of Asia News Network (ANN) at the ornate and imposing Great Hall of the People in Beijing on May 31, the official word was that only four questions would be accommodated.

Rule of law undermined by too many outdated laws
June 2, 2016 1:00 am

Rule of law undermined by too many outdated laws

When a country has too many archaic laws, the rule of law suffers. And if outdated or unenforceable legislation remains in the system, the nation’s legal, political and economic ecosystems get clogged up

Thailand 4.0: Will it move the country out of its ‘lost decade’?
May 26, 2016 1:00 am

Thailand 4.0: Will it move the country out of its ‘lost decade’?

With the country stuck in the middle-income trap for more than a decade, the government says it is now booting up “Thailand 4.0” to pluck the Kingdom from its “lost decade”.