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  • November 18, 2014

    Sentences for NBT raiders cut

    Three were juveniles at the time and were given three months in jail. Criminal Courts in December 2010 sentenced 85 people led by Thanet Khamchumall and supporters of the People's Alliance for Democracy to more than a year in prison depending on their roles in the break-in. Thanet was sentenced to two years-and-six months by the...

  • November 12, 2014

    Political groups invited to give views to charter drafters

    The invitation is slated for November 17 to 25, CDA spokesperson Kamnoon Sidhisamarn said yesterday. The meeting, due to begin on Monday, will give each speaker 10 minutes to express their views under the topic "Why is Thailand stuck and how we can overcome it " Differing views will be incorporated...

  • November 9, 2014

    UN chief should be left out of S Korea's politics

    ... to domestic politics, including opinion polls. The last few days have seen a flood of reports on Ban as a possible presidential candidate for 2017. While Ban had often been mentioned as a possible candidate, the reports this time were more specific. The latest speculation was triggered by an opinion...

  • November 8, 2014

    Japanese must see China anew

    ... Asia strategy in 2010. In order to cope with a rising China, the US and Japan have invented a China threat and strengthened and expanded their alliance to cover more fields such as cyberspace and intelligence cooperation. Strategic confrontation between the two Asian powers is looming heavily. The...

  • November 4, 2014

    Bad blood will flow on US foreign policy

    ... appears inevitable, president Barack Obama and his officials look more besieged than ever, both at home and abroad. And it may be too late for Obama to rescue his tarnished foreign and security policy credentials; both are "flat-out" as Kerry put it, but on their backs. The impending Republican...

  • November 3, 2014

    Suriyasai calls for wider public say in reform process

    ... problem in society. So, accepting reform ideas from various sectors of society would ensure effective reform. "We have more than 60 million people living in the Kingdom, so it does not make sense to bet our nation on a mere group of NRC [members]," he stressed. The leader of TRI predicted the institute...

  • October 11, 2014

    HK protests have roots in old and new social movements

    ... the 1980s, Hong Kong's economy took off, bringing in soaring wealth and propelling the city as one of the "Asian Tigers" while laying the foundation for the emergence of a vibrant civil society. Both the crackdown of the 1989 Tiananmen movement and governor Chris Patten's drastic measures of political...

  • October 7, 2014

    Red shirts shrug off NRC moves, 'to watch process'

    Red-shirt United Front for Democracy Against Dictatorship (UDD) co-leader Weng Tojirakarn said the whole process was under the junta's dictates, so it was pointless. "Let them do whatever they want so everyone in this country can see how the NCPO wants to change the country," said Weng, adding he thought the...

  • September 30, 2014

    Seriously, though, does Stephff scare you that much

    The Alliance Francaise was all set to present the show "Frankenstein-ocracy" from October 2 to 18, but then had second thoughts. The deal's off. So now Stephff, a Frenchman who has the name Stephane Peray in his passport, is roaming around Bangkok with a box of 60-odd political cartoons, hoping someone will...

  • September 30, 2014

    Siam Commercial Bank

    ... offset the effect of slower lending growth, so our FY14 earnings forecast stands unchanged at Bt56.5bn, up 12ฒoY. Moreover, there could be scope for upside to SCB's FY15 lending and profit growth profiles if progress on state infrastructure projects were to beat our base-case assumption. Our BUY rating...