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26 May 2013 : Along with the understandable focus of the government and the public on flood control and drought relief measures, it's important not to neglect another water-related issue that urgently needs addressing: the treatment of wastewater.
PostbagDisgrace of guantanamo bay
26 May 2013 : Of all the illegal and unjust acts carried out in the name of the ''war on terror'', the use of the Guantanamo Bay detention centre stands out like a sore thumb. President Barack Obama promised to close it more than four years ago, but hasn't yet. Now he can release 86 prisoners who have been cleared for immediate release, but he hasn't.
12 May 2013 : A Thai reader recently asked me the meaning of the expression ''not the full shilling''. He was referring to remarks by Scottish snooker star Stephen Maguire about Thailand's Dechawat Poomjaeng, who beat Maguire in a huge upset in the world championship a couple of weeks ago. A classic underdog, Dechawat won over the crowd, commentators and TV audience with his unintentionally comical behaviour, prompting references to him as ''Thailand's Mr Bean''.
12 May 2013 : Thai culture still relies far too much on relationships, rather than ideologies. Time and again we see democratic ideals sacrificed for the sake of relationships on both sides of the political divide. This is why our political structure is often termed a feudal system rather than a true parliamentary democracy.
11 May 2013 : Social media critics this week roundly condemned an animal lover pictured dining out with his pet dog at a public restaurant. The clip showed a cute chow chow, seated at a table, being fed morsels of food and lapping from a regular water glass. The critics rightly slammed it as unhygienic and the restaurant has apologised. But if that incident had a satisfactory ending, the week also brought a grim reminder that pampered pooches are in the minority here. Had it not been for quick action by police in Nakhon Phanom, 1,200 other dogs would likely have ended up on the menus of food shops in Vietnam.
11 May 2013 : Re: ''High demand for 'phayung' threatens protected forests'' (BP, May 8).
MY TWO SATANGS
11 May 2013 : What do licking your own elbow and policing the internet have in common? They are both impossible. However, they are both things that certain groups of people wish they could do.
10 May 2013 : It takes two to tango, so the saying goes, but the government appears to going it alone with its plan to revoke arrest warrants for some suspected insurgents and selectively lift the emergency decree in the deep South.
10 May 2013 : During its tenure, the Abhisit government pushed for a policy to close small schools in rural areas which stood to affect hundreds of thousands of pupils nationwide.
10 May 2013 : Re: ''Chief blames cop's suicide on work stress'' (BP, May 8).
10 May 2013 : Before leaving for Bangkok, farmer Wai Pongphim, 60, told youngsters at home that his stay in the capital was likely to be a long one. Together with some 20 others from Ban Ta Mui in Ubon Ratchathani's Khong Chiam district, he was leaving to join other villagers from across the country in a rally at Government House.
10 May 2013 : On Sunday, after a hotly contested general election, a record electoral turnout and over half a century of essentially one-party rule, the Malaysian people edged toward change _ but chose not to make the leap.