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  • August 31, 2014

    It's a major milestone for Teerasil and also Thai football

    When it was revealed in February that Thai Premier League club Muangthong United and Almeria had reached an agreement over Teerasil's loan move to Spain for one year, there seemed doubts whether it would make any sporting sense.With all due respects to the national striker's ability, the move to La Liga...

    Sports
  • August 27, 2014

    Rift over energy reform

    Energy reform, an important task that has been mired in political conflict for a long time, is still causing rifts as two pro-junta groups remain deeply divided in their approaches to tackling the matter. On the one hand, the National Council for Peace and Order (NCPO), in opting for a member of...

    Politics
  • August 16, 2014

    Yingluck was just following Thaksin's lead to Singapore

    Singapore is one of two Asean member-countries - the other being Cambodia - that Thaksin visits often. Thaksin and Singapore's elder statesman Lee Kuan Yew have developed a cordial and close friendship over the past 13 years, to the extent that Thaksin regards Lee as his political mentor. The...

    Opinion
  • August 15, 2014

    Coup-makers don't need to justify their actions to anyone

    I used to think Somsak Pola was part of Thaksin Shinawatra's public-relations army. Now I believe he's just a troll, contemptuous of the contributors to this column and its readers. His sarcasm might amuse a few if it weren't for the tragedy that befell Thailand under the rule of the previous regime...

    Opinion
  • August 8, 2014

    Thaksin is history, so stop obsessing about him

    ... doll with needles stuck in it. Apparently he can't let a nanosecond zip by without displaying malevolence towards Thaksin, Yingluck and other Shinawatras. He should try taking up some activities - golf or crochet or weaving baskets, anything to keep his mind free of Thaksin. There's more to life than Thaksin...

    Opinion
  • August 2, 2014

    Academics recruited to NLA share anti-Thaksin outlook

    Most of these academics also played an active political role during the protests against the government of former premier Thaksin Shinawatra's younger sister Yingluck Shinawatra, which rocked the country for about six months from late last year. Among these academics are the top executives of higher...

    Politics
  • July 26, 2014

    Social media users play 'taro' card on recent scandals

    When the National Council for Peace and Order (NCPO) released its Announcement No 97, which prohibits comments about its work and staff, many said the mainstream media would have no choice but to publicise just gossip and entertainment instead of hard news. The NCPO eased its control a few days...

    Politics
  • July 24, 2014

    Critics wary of NCPO chief's powers

    Democrat Party leader Abhisit Vejjajiva said that Provision 44 has provided the NCPO with unprecedented special powers independent of the prime minister and without checks and balances. The NCPO is empowered to issue laws, orders and even overturn court decisions. "Article 17 promulgated in 1959 [by...

    Politics
  • July 23, 2014

    Co-payment scheme for medical visits

    THERE HAS been talk for a while now that the National Council for Peace and Order (NCPO) is planning to scrap the universal healthcare system - which offers free medical services to most Thais - in favour of a co-payment scheme. Should this really happen, some 49 million Thais would be affected. ...

    National
  • July 22, 2014

    Better to have both ex-PM Shinawatras "exiled"

    The question is not "Will she return " but "Who wants her to return " Thaksin Shinawatra could have been prevented from fleeing in 2006. He could have been arrested when he returned to kiss the ground at Suvarnabhumi Airport, and there were several subsequent occasions when he could have been forcibly...

    Opinion