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  • May 19, 2015

    Ex-Thai PM stresses rule of law

    ... law, which is a very important asset for each country to be credible." He has kept a low profile since the Thai militaryโ s takeover. The Shinawatras are hated by the Bangkok elite and their royalist supporters in the nationโ s south, the courts and the military -- which has battered them with two coups...

    Politics
  • May 19, 2015

    Ex-Thai PM stresses rule of law

    ... law, which is a very important asset for each country to be credible." He has kept a low profile since the Thai militaryโ s takeover. The Shinawatras are hated by the Bangkok elite and their royalist supporters in the nationโ s south, the courts and the military -- which has battered them with two coups...

    Breakingnews
  • May 6, 2015

    Take your pick: This charter or a delayed election

    The red shirts are seen as the most impatient bunch whereas the Democrats are thought to be more flexible. To interim Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha, time flies the fastest. But last week's development was intriguing. For different reasons, the Democrats, the red shirts plus the political party...

    Opinion
  • May 5, 2015

    Bee expects AC Milan stake in a month

    Returning to Thailand after talks in Milan, Bee would not be drawn into providing details of a deal, long shrouded in secrecy but said money was "not a problem" and talks with former Italian prime minister Silvio Berlusconi were going well. "We are in negotiations ... the next step will be arranging...

    Sports
  • May 3, 2015

    Feels like teen spirit

    Thai new-wave fashion brand Dergres by Munchu invites girls to mix femininity with a boyish touch through its new collection of summer togs inspired by some of the coolest sounds around. The ideas started flowing when talented designer Munchumart "Kawpode" Numbenjapol and her team attended the Coachella...

    Sunday
  • April 30, 2015

    Making like a celebrity

    One of the main sponsors of the Cannes Film Festival for the last 17 years, L'Oreal Paris recently unveiled "Born to be a star", a limited edition of cosmetics that will be presented on the red carpet by Araya "Chompoo" A. Hargate, who is returning to the French Riviera this May. Chompoo, who is...

    Life
  • April 25, 2015

    Risks in 'adjusting' the system

    There is agreement that "adjusting" the electoral system to weaken the large parties will result in a coalition government, but those quoted in the story describe the outcome differently. The Democrats aside, the other parties have managed to work together under the same leadership before. Admittedly...

    Opinion
  • April 24, 2015

    Let's just revive the 1997 'people's constitution'

    Had former premier Yingluck Shinawatra's controversial "midnight amnesty bill" been introduced under this draft charter, the Pheu Thai Party's majority would have ensured its passage. Also, the proposed MMP system favours weak coalitions, giving disproportionate power to small parties holding the...

    Opinion
  • April 23, 2015

    Reconciliation - is that all that's needed

    The Constitution Drafting Committee seems confident that the new charter will promote reconciliation, but surely we must be reconciled to the fact that nothing will stop corruption in government. "The charter was designed for a coalition government," one of its members says. Did Thailand ever have...

    Opinion
  • April 22, 2015

    Education purge a warning to elected politicians

    To the surprise of the citizenry, Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha has already unleashed the "special power" given him under Article 44 by transferring key Education Ministry officials, including the top-ranking permanent secretary. But, even though this across-the-boards power had been heavily...

    Opinion