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EDITORIAL Farmers lose in rice review
20 Jun 2013 : Finally, the government has accepted the fact that the rice-pledging scheme, the flagship populist policy of the Pheu Thai Party, cannot be allowed to continue without modifications.
20 Jun 2013 : A regional response is urgently required to stop the escalating Buddhist-Muslim violence in the Asean region. The risk of a deadly regional backlash, stemming from religious hatred campaigns led by Buddhists extremist groups in Myanmar, is growing by the day. There are grave concerns this violence _ which has already fuelled incidents in Malaysia and Indonesia _ coupled with increasing tensions in Sri Lanka, Bangladesh and Thailand, could spiral out of control.
30 May 2013 : Foreign workers are useful. They fill the jobs we don’t have the proper skills to do, or the jobs that we simply don’t want to do.
30 May 2013 : The recent abrupt transfer of finance deputy permanent secretary Supa Piyajitti was anything but fair, transparent and honest. Ms Supa was responsible for overseeing the expenditure and debts of governmental agencies and, more importantly, the rice pledging scheme expenditure. She will now oversee procurement affairs.
30 May 2013 : Without water there is no life. Clean drinking water and sanitation are basic human rights _ essential to life and to all other rights. Lack of access to clean water and sanitation is a silent crisis that destroys livelihoods and claims more lives through illness than any war claims through guns.
30 May 2013 : Re: ''Energy regulator says outage nobody's fault'' (BP, May 28).
30 May 2013 : In football parlance, the trick is called a step-over: making others think we are doing one thing when we are actually doing another. Former prime minister Thaksin Shinawatra did just that in his recent Skype address to red-shirt supporters.
30 May 2013 : India Prime Minister Manmohan Singh is expected to discuss infrastructure projects, defence, science and technology as well as education with Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra during his visit. Here, he discusses what is on the agenda for the visit.
30 May 2013 : Thais can afford to smile even more broadly when welcoming tourists this year _ the industry is booming.
30 May 2013 : Growing up, my grades in science were relatively mediocre. I didn't really like the subject, but now that I come to think of it, it was not science itself that I found boring or intimidating _ it was the way I was taught it. We didn't have a big science lab, and the experiments we did weren't really meaningful. The teacher would even tell us the results before we got into the lab and said that we should make sure our results were the same as hers. In other words, we walked into the lab with zero curiosity because we already knew what was going to happen.
29 May 2013 : Myanmar has shown again that 50 years as a dictatorship will lead to awkward moments in rejoining the world community of nations. Last weekend, the government did something completely outlandish and unacceptable. It decreed that Rohingya Muslim women must have no more than two children in their lifetime. No country, ever, has instituted such a policy, and Myanmar must immediately rescind it.
29 May 2013 : In 2015, the Asean single economic space will exist, opening up free movement for certain classes of workers across 10 very different Asian nations. At the end of 2015, the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), the shared vision of the international community since 2000, will expire.