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Scots who voted for independence showed us the way to go
September 19, 2014 1:00 am

Scots who voted for independence showed us the way to go

By the time this column goes to print, the outcome of the referendum on Scottish independence will likely be known. Still, it's worthwhile discussing the implications and the benefits for Scotland if voters now, or at some time in the future,...

America finds another excuse to go to war in Middle East
September 12, 2014 1:00 am

America finds another excuse to go to war in Middle East

Exactly 13 years after 9/11, it isn't victory in the "war on terror" that President Barack Obama is declaring but a campaign of air strikes against the Islamic State in Syria.

Prayuth keeping 'happiness' cards close to his chest
September 5, 2014 1:00 am

Prayuth keeping 'happiness' cards close to his chest

Prime Minister Prayuth Chan-ocha has just unveiled his Cabinet, ready to take on the challenge of turning the Kingdom around.

With Thai economy flat-lining, it's time to look inward for...
August 29, 2014 1:00 am

With Thai economy flat-lining, it's time to look inward for...

Thailand's economic growth this year looks set to level off at around 1.50-2.0 per cent. Most of the engines of growth are sputtering. In the first half of this year, exports began to go downhill, contracting by 0.1 per cent.

Reform path still uncertain as Prayuth hops onto tiger's back
August 22, 2014 1:00 am

Reform path still uncertain as Prayuth hops onto tiger's back

Thailand finally has a new prime minister, after General Prayuth Chan-ocha was handpicked for the job by the National Legislative Assembly. General Prayuth will head both the National Council for Peace and Order (NCPO) and the new government.

Mysterious and deadly, Ebola reaches far beyond Africa
August 8, 2014 1:00 am

Mysterious and deadly, Ebola reaches far beyond Africa

The death toll from the latest outbreak of Ebola now stands at 932, with more than 1,700 cases reported. This reflects the high mortality rate of a deadly virus that has resurfaced in most serious epidemic of its kind in recorded history.

Dollar's drift, turmoil in Ukraine, Mideast edge us towards world...
July 18, 2014 1:00 am

Dollar's drift, turmoil in Ukraine, Mideast edge us towards world...

The global crisis is essentially a dollar crisis, which might have a spill-over effect into the next world war.

Fat cats lick their lips over fresh era of privatisation
July 4, 2014 1:00 am

Fat cats lick their lips over fresh era of privatisation

Among the biggest challenges for the National Council for Peace and Order (NCPO) is to reform the state enterprises and the energy sector. In the first instance, NCPO chief General Prayuth Chan-ocha has appointed a "Super Board" of all the...

The West might regret forcing Thailand into a corner
June 27, 2014 1:00 am

The West might regret forcing Thailand into a corner

The United States and European Union have responded to the coup by announcing they will downgrade their relations with Thailand.

Thais can plot new course as tide shifts against globalisation
June 20, 2014 1:00 am

Thais can plot new course as tide shifts against globalisation

A month after the coup, there are signs of drastic reform underway in Thailand.