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How to save the Rohingya, AND OURSELVES
May 27, 2015 7:25 pm

How to save the Rohingya, AND OURSELVES

There's something ironic about the current uproar over the Rohingya. The controversy seems to have all the ingredients of what made those people become refugees in the first place.

Politics taking on a LIFE OF ITS OWN
May 20, 2015 1:00 am

Politics taking on a LIFE OF ITS OWN

Thai politics watchers were checking three things before they went to bed last night. They wanted updates on what the military junta said about the current charter draft, whether Yingluck Shinawatra showed up at court to hear rice scheme charges, and...

Today's monopolies come with their hair combed
May 13, 2015 1:00 am

Today's monopolies come with their hair combed

If you Google "monopoly", the definition you get is "the exclusive possession or control of the supply or trade in a commodity or service". I would refine that meaning to: "The exclusive possession or control of the supply or...

Take your pick: This charter or a delayed election
May 6, 2015 1:00 am

Take your pick: This charter or a delayed election

The general theory of relativity should apply when it comes to whether one year is too short or too long before a general election can be held.

Foes become friends as politics TURNS ON A DIME
April 29, 2015 1:00 am

Foes become friends as politics TURNS ON A DIME

The old adage that there are no real friends or permanent foes in politics applies to our post-coup, military-controlled situation as well. Criticise or scold Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha all you like, but he seems to have succeeded where...

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?