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Refugees or migrants? In humanitarian terms, confusion reigns
August 8, 2015 6:57 am

Refugees or migrants? In humanitarian terms, confusion reigns

I saw a photo in a Thai-language newspaper with the caption "England builds a higher and heavier fence to fend off refugees." Another news report explained that, in the wake of the Calais migrant crisis, Britain has sent money and materials...

Ten reasons why Thailand actually should buy the subs
July 11, 2015 1:00 am

Ten reasons why Thailand actually should buy the subs

Unless, like thousands of Thais, you've been too preoccupied by the break-up of singer Phakin "Tono" Kumvilaisak and actress Pattaratida "Tangmo" Patcharaveerapong, you will know that the government is poised to buy three...

Knocking at the door, THE RIGHT to not be poor
June 13, 2015 1:00 am

Knocking at the door, THE RIGHT to not be poor

There are few terms more complicated than "human rights". To some the phrase is simply boring. To others it's overhyped or underrated, too often monopolised or alienating to anyone who isn't a rights activist.

Today's spoilt brats, tomorrow's social problems
May 9, 2015 1:00 am

Today's spoilt brats, tomorrow's social problems

I was with my (almost-grown) daughter exploring a new mall and found that the elevator buttons for the fourth, fifth, sixth and seventh floors had all been pressed. As the door opened on the fourth floor I looked at the family of four sharing the...

Why frown, the social-media generation are a product of their times
April 4, 2015 1:00 am

Why frown, the social-media generation are a product of their times

If you feel there is a serious problem with present-day kids, count me among those who share your thoughts. Many children are becoming obsessed with taking photos and videos of themselves.They look for Wi-Fi everywhere, as if it is oxygen required to...

Home tax would have the poorer folks weeping
March 9, 2015 12:48 pm

Home tax would have the poorer folks weeping

There's a saying: "Little birds build nests according to their size." But in big cities, you can't buy a nest for less than Bt1 million nowadays. That's why a proposed land and property tax is worrying many little birds. If...

Matters of faith and trust bring the city to a standstill
February 7, 2015 1:00 am

Matters of faith and trust bring the city to a standstill

A glance at the social media and news headlines during the past week suggests that the "feed" on Thailand going out to the world was all about a Buddhist sect making a pilgrimage to Bangkok - and our awful taxi drivers. They're two...

Dead or alive: whose life is it anyway?
November 8, 2014 1:00 am

Dead or alive: whose life is it anyway?

We can't choose the way we're born, but usually we can make arrangements for the way we die. At the very least, most of us would want to die peacefully in bed and surrounded by loved ones who can remember us the way we look just then....

All horses at the digital-TV gate thanks to tricky compromise
October 11, 2014 1:00 am

All horses at the digital-TV gate thanks to tricky compromise

A promotional "music video" starring Sorrayuth Suthassanachinda, Kitti Singhapat and other members of the "Channel 3 news family" might be the easiest thing to understand about the whole sordid Channel 3 analog saga.

Pregnant dads will surely turn the world topsy-turvy
September 6, 2014 1:00 am

Pregnant dads will surely turn the world topsy-turvy

Reality can become fantasy, and vice versa. Mankind is on the verge of an era of space travel once confined to the screen in "Star Trek".