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  • 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...

  • 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...

  • 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. ...

  • 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...

  • July 20, 2014

    'Human factor' has hurt Thailand badly

    I am trying not to think that JC Wilcox was trying to protect Thaksin Shinawatra's image when he voiced disagreement to my claim that Thaksin has got in the way of Thailand's attempts to move forward toward having a democracy. My opinion is that there are only two factors that are plaguing Thailand...

  • July 17, 2014

    Yingluck clear to leave kingdom: NCPO spokesman

    Winthai said the NCPO saw that Yingluck had never acted in a way that violated or defied the conditions and orders of the NCPO so the NCPO's working committee in charge of considering the request had given her a green light to travel to Europe. The Nation

  • July 16, 2014

    Capital punishment goes against Buddhist principles

    This matter may seem quite straightforward, especially where parents and women are concerned, as they understandably want to see this horrendous crime to end. However, the passion that has ignited this call for capital punishment needs to be better understood, particularly in a country claiming...

  • July 15, 2014

    Dissension is totally normal in a democracy that is alive

    Clearly, the Foreign Ministry has full authority to issue and revoke passports for one and all, but its recent move to terminate travel documents held by politicians, activists and academics has done nothing but damage Thailand's reputation. Last month, the ministry cancelled the passports of several...

  • July 12, 2014

    A camera comes a-calling

    A hybrid smartphone and camera that's designed for the "now" generation, the new Samsung Galaxy K zoom allows you to take good quality photos and instantaneously share them on social networks. As a camera, it features a 20.- megapixel BSI (backside-illuminated ) CMOS sensor and 10x optical zoom...

  • July 9, 2014

    There's light at the end of the tunnel

    ... her most flirtatious boyfriend. A weakening of the alliance was expected, but it was this kind of scenario that helped the resurgence of the Shinawatras and the red shirts after the 2006 coup. This time it might not come to another Shinawatra leading a pro-Thaksin party monopolising political power, but rifts...