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EDITORIAL How complex is a ceasefire?
19 Jun 2013 : The chances of a peaceful, quiet Ramadan seem to be getting weaker every day, instead of stronger. Last Thursday in Kuala Lumpur, the government and the Barisan Revolusi Nasional (BRN) peace talks delegates were upbeat about a month-long ceasefire during the Muslim fasting month.
PostbagChalerm running scared
19 Jun 2013 : Incredible. Deputy Prime Minister Chalerm Yubamrung looks the other way when his red-shirt men rally and intimidate people, but he now is in a panic because an anti-government group has grown from 300 to 3,000 and is gaining support daily. Mr Chalerm is reacting like a scared rabbit. I wonder what he'd do if he was ever turfed out and brought to charge.
20 May 2013 : The hottest ticket in Cannes over the weekend is, surprisingly, a pre-Bob Dylan tale of a struggling folk singer steeped in his own hilarious myth: "Inside Llewyn Davis" is the new film by Joel and Ethan Coen starring Oscar Isaac as the title character, with the supporting act by Carey Mulligan (redeeming herself quite nicely from the nonsense of "The Great Gatsby", which opened Cannes last Wednesday) and Justin Timberlake, among others.
20 May 2013 : When Deputy Prime Minister Plodprasop Suraswadi referred to criticism of his anti-flood schemes as "garbage", it was - pardon the expression - a watershed. He brought down a curtain between him and citizens seeking honest debate. So the question for today is this _ if the government cannot properly manage the political reality of its plan, can the public trust it to fund, build and run the actual water management project?
20 May 2013 : For more than eight years, former Asian Development Bank (ADB) president Haruhiko Kuroda spoke of the Japanese-led multilateral development bank's commitment to fighting poverty in the Asia-Pacific region. How ironic it is that today there is much debate over whether monetary policies now being pursued by Mr Kuroda in his new role as head of Japan's central bank will do more to destabilise economies in developing Asia than the ADB did to help them.
20 May 2013 : The government subscribes to cutting greenhouse gases, carbon dioxide and excessive filth in the air.
20 May 2013 : Of all his supporters and admirers, fugitive former prime minister Thaksin Shinawatra can count on at least one man as "a friend in need" _ that is Deputy Prime Minister Chalerm Yubamrung.
20 May 2013 : The Thai economy is not what it used to be. Once starved and desperate for inward foreign direct investment and ambivalent about outward investment flows, Thailand now confronts different investment dilemmas and challenges that have posed mounting adjustment difficulties for state agencies.
20 May 2013 : Pheu Thai MPs be warned. Yaowapa Wongsawat is back, and she is watching you.
20 May 2013 : I am constantly amazed at our wonderful Men-in-Brown, our city's finest, Bangkok's police force.
19 May 2013 : The guarantee last week from Corrections Department chief Suchart Wonganantachai that his department will unshackle all prisoners serving maximum jail terms in prisons across the country within three months is a positive step and long overdue. On Wednesday, 563 prisoners had their shackles removed during a ceremony at Bang Khwang Central Prison which was presided over by Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra. The unshackling process actually started in January with a group of inmates who were all considered "well behaved".
19 May 2013 : Democrat leader Abhisit Vejjajiva showed his mettle when he predicted Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra would dissolve the House within the year. He also declared the government's populist policies are failing, and thus a snap election to extend its rule is inevitable.