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  • March 29, 2015

    Thaksin is to blame for Yingluck's troubles

    In his latest letter John Arnone cites the case in which burglars found several bags of cash in a government man's Bangkok home as an example of how widespread and deep-rooted corruption in Thailand is. True. But why refer to a scandal involving a few million baht as though it were more important than...

  • March 26, 2015

    Stop scapegoating the Shinawatras; Thailand's problems go much deeper

    It is fairly obvious that letter-writer Vint Chavala understood neither the content or point of my letter, because what he wrote had nothing to do with what I suggested. Vint, you are correct, it is not my country. But I did not "claim" to live in the Northeast. I do live in the Northeast and have for...

  • March 25, 2015

    The poor still being kicked around as a political football

    John Arnone wrote: "Thais can write such propaganda in Thai-language newspapers [about the Shinawatras], but when you try to convince foreigners who have been here for years in English-language newspapers, I'm afraid you are going to get called on it." My answer is: I don't care. I will go on with my crusade...

  • March 23, 2015

    Prosecution of Yingluck seems to be more than corruption

    ... today so that I will not indict you tomorrow. The only time the law is violated is when someone falls out of favour with the powers to be. The Shinawatras are definitely persona non grata in Thailand. You, as an educated, obviously intelligent Thai either know this or choose not to say it, or you are very...

  • March 18, 2015

    Yingluck not to appear in court Thursday

    Norawit Larlaeng, Yingluck's lawyer, said the session is for the court to inform public prosecutors of its decision whether it would proceed with the trial so Yingluck does not need to be present. The Nation

  • March 8, 2015

    Investment in foreign clubs being seen as win-win situation to develop Thai football

    Certainly, it is nothing new to see Thai businessmen become the owners of foreign clubs, particularly in England, where the English Premier League is the most popular overseas league of all among Thai fans. Given the deep affection Thais have for the EPL, it is not strange for Thai businessmen to...

  • February 27, 2015

    Govt must take public into confidence on oil concessions

    The issue of greatest concern to critics who call themselves the "People's Network for Energy Reform" in essence involved adding more options to the Petroleum Act on acquiring oil and gas for energy security apart from the concession system. They prefer the "production sharing contract" (PSC) system...

  • February 26, 2015

    Hitler does not live here, nor does Mao or Mussolini

    ... not to reproduce. Money was paid to government officials to look the other way. Human rights, anyone Bandow quoted The Economist's view that the Shinawatras offended the old elites who "liked to think of the King traditionally atop an ordered hierarchy with deferential peasants at the bottom of the grateful...

  • February 24, 2015

    Mega-projects for the rich won't bridge national rift

    .... Does she really believe that it improved the lot of some coal miner in Appalachia It is this sort of thinking that spawned the rise of the Shinawatras and, ultimately, the red-shirt movement. All of it could have been reversed had the current crop of coup-makers corrected the electoral process in Thailand...

  • February 21, 2015

    Any 'peace talks' must be open to all

    ..., mere clemency would dash any hope of getting back the money seized from his bank accounts following his ouster. "Justice", for opponents of the Shinawatras, demands that Thaksin admit the Ratchadapisek land purchase amounted to abuse of power, that corruption plagued the rice price-pledging scheme, and that...