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  • October 20, 2014

    Elected governors still a highly contentious issue

    ... that have blocked this from happening, although others suggest the real reason behind opposition to the idea is that bureaucrats want to retain power and do not trust or are suspicious about letting "people govern themselves". Nevertheless the idea has some strong supporters. Even the military has floated...

    Politics
  • October 18, 2014

    Declining newspaper readership: a survival game or a revival game

    ... This is a great indication that the Post has shifted its focus to bring journalism to society through the faster means of online, to serve where people gather the most. Though this Bezos-era Washington Post is still at its early stage, it is notable that the paper has not died, but is instead leaping...

    Business
  • October 18, 2014

    The China Dream: Personal aspiration vs state authority

    ... Osnos, a staff writer at The New Yorker, notes in his recent book "Age of Ambition: Chasing Fortune, Truth and Faith in the New China" the Chinese people have benefited from the country's rapid modernisation and now have access to fortune, truth and faith - three things that were previously denied them by...

    Opinion
  • October 18, 2014

    Thai firm secures solar plant development in Myanmar

    The signing ceremony, held on Thursday at the Grand Amara Hotel in Nay Pyi Taw, marked an important milestone for the Myanmar power sector, with several cabinet ministers, deputy ministers and government officials present along with company officials from GEP. Speaking at the ceremony, Electric Power Minister...

    Business
  • October 16, 2014

    Lessons in bringing the military under civilian control

    ... involvement. "The whole process took five years. It could have been faster, but there were some in political circles who wanted military power back," Onyszkiewicz said in an interview with Thai media. "It's a basic national tradition and value that the army knows better how to serve the country and people...

    Opinion
  • October 16, 2014

    Will drafting a new charter really mean reform

    Drafting of a new constitution will be done under the concept of "national reform". Many people understand that this "designing" of a new power structure will result in changes to Thai society. Others hope that things will return to normal, or at least there will be no violent street protests again. The question...

    Politics
  • October 14, 2014

    What has Europe ever done for us

    ... trading partner and the action plan the two groupings adopted in 2012 has paved the way for a more comprehensive cooperation that incorporates people-to-people dimensions to cover areas like food security, human rights, disaster prevention, energy security, human and drug trafficking and urbanisation. The...

    Opinion
  • October 13, 2014

    'Fewer MPs would mean less corruption'

    The NRC member for political reform proposed that the country should press on with decentralisation of power. In an exclusive interview with The Nation, he said the country only needed a single Parliament of 77 members, with one elected MP from each province, no party-list MPs, and there was no need for the...

    Politics
  • October 13, 2014

    Myanmar generals look to the stars

    ... from fortunetellers. For historians, however, the factual accuracy of Bagan history is still a controversy. It is noticeable among Myanmar people that "people argue with each other over Bagan history with swords and batons". Whether this is true or not, the stories about dynasties are influencing ruling people mentally...

    Aec
  • October 10, 2014

    Pridiyathorn explains post-coup scenario to outgoing US envoy

    ... Pridiyathorn said after the meeting that he had explained to Kenney many issues involving the current unelected administration, which has been in power for more than three weeks. He said the US envoy wanted to know whether the current Thai government was serious about running the country. "I explained...

    Politics