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  • September 16, 2014

    NIDA to present 'wide-ranging' reform proposal

    ... synopsis was distributed among participants. His proposal pinpointed the need for new electoral rules, requiring that all competing political parties have members covering no less than 10 per cent of the total number of eligible voters nationwide. This, the proposal said, was to ensure that all parties...

    Politics
  • September 15, 2014

    Tarit is a sad reflection of Thai bureaucracy

    ... for the guy or not. Many think he's getting what he justly deserves. Tarit pulled no punches against the red shirts when the Democrats were in power, spearheading the crackdown on "terrorists". There were videos of him denouncing the red shirts' activities. His agency was instrumental in criminalising...

    Opinion
  • September 15, 2014

    Far South peace talks 'must include all groups'

    DEMOCRAT PARTY leader Abhisit Vejjajiva and a former Muslim MP have voiced their support for continued dialogue between security authorities and insurgents based in the far South after the military's seizure of power in May. However, clearer rules and preconditions and internal arrangements need to be agreed...

    National
  • September 15, 2014

    Govt warned of 'fishy' deals like microphones for the Cabinet

    ... all ministries and provincial governors on Wednesday when the prime |minister would inform them of the government's policies. Democrat Party leader Abhisit Vejjajiva urged the government to ensure transparency in spending state funds for all projects. He said the public wanted transparency most...

    Politics
  • September 11, 2014

    Only efficient scrutiny can beat endemic corruption

    ... mentions in the provisional charter the need for a mechanism to prevent corruption. The NCPO also sees the need for some legal measure to prevent people, particularly politicians, who are convicted of corruption from assuming any public office. After the coup, it seems that elected politicians are...

    Politics
  • September 11, 2014

    Reform, a just society 'top goals'

    ... work together smoothly and have no need to compete against one another, unlike in an administration consisting of ministers from different coalition parties. The prime minister will represent his Cabinet in declaring the government's policies before the NLA tomorrow. The session will be televised live, Deputy...

    Politics
  • September 9, 2014

    Myanmar's nationwide ceasefire: A second chance at peace

    ... demand of establishing a federal union, albeit in principle. In addition, mutual trust and rapport have been built up between the involved parties who now communicate and negotiate directly rather than relying on intermediaries as in previous years. Conditions in certain ceasefire areas have improved,...

    Opinion
  • September 9, 2014

    Yingluck sees no interference in justice system; investigation goes ahead

    ... ensure freedom and fairness for everyone and will work solely in line with the law and not be affected by anyone. I also believe that no 'special power' will intervene with the justice system's process," she said, before boarding a flight to Udon Thani to preside over the funeral of a former Pheu Thai MP...

    Politics
  • September 9, 2014

    Military still draws recruits in post-junta Myanmar

    ... them believe being a military officer is the good and safe way for their future," Maung said. Half a century of military dictatorship has left the people of Myanmar fearful and mistrusting of the army, but many still hope to become officers, or for their family members to have a military career. "I don...

    Aec
  • September 8, 2014

    Why Beijing fears free elections in Hong Kong

    ... has disappointed many Hong Kongers, is aimed at safeguarding national security. But a more likely reason is that the ruling Chinese Communist Party (CCP) is losing confidence in itself, and fears that genuine democracy in the city would spark similar calls for universal suffrage in other parts of mainland...

    Opinion