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  • August 20, 2014

    The reluctant politician

    ... he was a victim of political persecution. What followed was a series of massive protests in Kuala Lumpur. In 1999, she co-founded an opposition party, now known as Parti Keadilan Rakyat (PKR), which she still leads today. Thus, a reluctant politician was born. In the general election that year, she...

    Aec
  • August 20, 2014

    Thein Sein urges officials to prevent land disputes

    ... up and foreign investment and trade surging, there has also been a rise in property speculation, which has caused land prices to skyrocket. Some people were not investing in productive sectors but buying cars, property, or getting into banking and estate businesses. This had caused a jump in land prices,...

    Aec
  • August 20, 2014

    Budget panel tells officials to be prudent

    ... of Thailand yesterday attended the first budget-scrutiny meeting. The media were not allowed in and the meeting was not broadcast. Democrat Party leader Abhisit Vejjajiva expressed concern that the fiscal 2015 budget might not help stimulate the economy because up to Bt100 billion would be spent...

    Politics
  • August 18, 2014

    Can the trinity of reform-minded leaders make a difference to Asia

    ... requires, first and foremost, slaying the massive dragon of corruption. Over the years, corruption has become endemic in China, with regional party leaders and bosses in state-owned enterprises wielding their vast privileges and authority to accumulate personal wealth. This has severely undermined...

    Opinion
  • August 18, 2014

    Backing for move to curb populism

    THE JUNTA'S attempt to restrict the use of populist policies to woo voters has won support from academics and politicians from parties influenced by the practice - while scholars are suggesting public debates during election campaigns to educate voters about the pros and cons of such tactics before they go...

    Politics
  • August 18, 2014

    Junta has started well, but next phase tougher: Abhisit

    ... agricultural products are waiting. While it needs to maintain peace and order in the country, the junta also needs participation from all groups of people in national reforms, he said. While the junta's main mechanisms are now the bureaucrats and some groups from the business sector, it has to prove it...

    Politics
  • August 15, 2014

    Friendless in Gaza

    ... the Boys Back" campaign was needed to justify the manhunt and mass arrest of Hamas cadres. Hamas in Gaza responded to the mass arrest of their people with rockets, and Israel retaliated with overwhelming force, followed by a ground invasion. The crux of the ongoing negotiations in Cairo is Israel...

    Opinion
  • August 15, 2014

    Doubts over junta panels

    ... Pankaew said there were no clear selection criteria for NRC members and there could be doubts about the transparency of the process. Khon Thai Party leader Utain Shartpinyo agreed, saying there were no clear selection criteria, not just for the NRC but also for the National Legislative Assembly. ...

    Politics
  • August 15, 2014

    Chorus builds for national referendum on next constitution

    They say that by holding a referendum, the junta would allow people to have the final say on whether they approve of the proposals of the National Reform Council (NRC). Pornson Liengboonlertchai, a political scientist at Chulalongkorn University, said a national plebiscite on the new charter was critical...

    Politics
  • August 14, 2014

    Change we need, but will we get it

    ... need for reform, the means of ensuring its success are in dispute. The ruling junta must start by making the process genuinely representative of the people, by giving a voice to different groups while at the same time ensuring that the NRC contains well-qualified people with strong ideas about reform. Although...

    Opinion