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A few tips for the new American ambassador
April 22, 2015 1:00 am

A few tips for the new American ambassador

First things first, welcome to Thailand, where a few prime ministers and foreign ministers are expected to come and go during your tenure. It will be both stressful and fun, and your residence will need barricading from time to time, not against...

A boy's crash course on Russia, America and China
April 15, 2015 1:00 am

A boy's crash course on Russia, America and China

The curious boy who had crossed swords with his teachers over American diplomacy ("Stoppage Time", February 14) and the definition of "xenophobia" ("Stoppage Time", June 18, 2014), came home with that puzzled look...

Why do we love 'Phra Thep' so?
April 8, 2015 1:00 am

Why do we love 'Phra Thep' so?

Maybe the best way to honour HRH Princess Maha Chakri Sirindhorn is to type away with little or no restraint. That would befit her free-spirited, unassuming and spontaneous personality.

Is taking Yingluck to court the way to go?
April 1, 2015 1:00 am

Is taking Yingluck to court the way to go?

The clampdown on Yingluck Shinawatra is a shame. That is because - take away the coup, the political strife and the fact that whatever the outcome, what follows will definitely be messy - it could have been the right way to go. Corruption can never...

Welcome to the reform merry-go-round
March 25, 2015 1:00 am

Welcome to the reform merry-go-round

Prayut Chan-o-cha is frustrated. Abhisit Vejjajiva is full of doubts. Thaksin Shinawatra must be smiling. But what do the trio - or, in fact, everyone in badly divided Thailand - have in common?

Why corruption always wins in Thailand
March 18, 2015 1:00 am

Why corruption always wins in Thailand

The overriding, albeit subtle, idea used to be that politicians, especially those in power, needed some protection against graft charges, or their rivals would play games and allegations would cripple the entire system to the point that nothing else...

Country trapped in tunnel vision over PM's selection
March 11, 2015 1:00 am

Country trapped in tunnel vision over PM's selection

Should the prime minister be a member of Parliament? Yes. Does it really matter? (Will it help Thailand?) No.

And the Thai political Oscars go to...
March 4, 2015 1:00 am

And the Thai political Oscars go to...

I just reported on the 2013 Thai political Oscars yesterday, didn't I? Time doesn't fly; it takes shortcuts through wormholes and, before we know it, we find ourselves sighing "Youth is wasted on the young".

Digital economy: Show me the money
February 25, 2015 1:00 am

Digital economy: Show me the money

When something is digitalised, it changes its values and essence. "Digital economy", the buzz word of today, is no exception. "Money" is no longer what we know it. Our "wealth" exists in a parallel universe. The question...

Embattled Yingluck: Will she stay or will she go?
February 18, 2015 1:00 am

Embattled Yingluck: Will she stay or will she go?

Will it come down to the explosive issue of political asylum? Don't bet against it, although any foreign government will find that offering asylum to Yingluck Shinawatra is a far more complicated issue than making a statement or two denouncing...