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EDITORIAL Government shows its intractability
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.
06 Apr 2013 : What's history if not what we remember? Or what we choose to remember? Or what we think we remember? Or what we want to remember? Or what we're told to remember? Or what we're swept into the wave of what everybody remembers? I thought I had said it in my review yesterday, but please spare me a few hundred words more on the curious cases of the two hottest Thai movies of the moment; two films that draw heavily on the still-gushing wellspring of history, real or remembered, actual or imaginary.
05 Apr 2013 : Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra is clearly relieved and has good cause to celebrate after she was cleared by the National Anti-Corruption Commission of a harge of making a false assets declaration.
05 Apr 2013 : After weeks of anxiety over the energy crisis, the country can sigh with relief today.
05 Apr 2013 : I am disappointed that your editorial on Wednesday misrepresented my position regarding the issue of amending the constitution and failed to study the details of the current proposed amendments. My position for this matter has never wavered. I did say that the constitution should be amended and, during my administration, we passed two amendments in line with the recommendations of an all-party committee set up by the then parliament president.
05 Apr 2013 : Thailand has a long history of reconstructing heritage. But it has no history of conserving it.
05 Apr 2013 : I have to admit that I am a little disappointed there may be no electricity blackouts today, the first day of the suspension of natural gas supplies from Myanmar.
05 Apr 2013 : There is a common joke among my foreign friends. How many seasons are there in Bangkok? Three _ hot, really hot and hot like hell. I've lived in Bangkok all my life and I agree that the weather is hot and humid all year round. But hot like hell is a bit of an exaggeration. If it is true, then the devil has met his match in the City of Angels.
05 Apr 2013 : Since Monday started off with April Fools' Day, it only seems fitting to neatly tie up the week with more ridiculous gags. Or I could offer an 800-word analysis of the 24.71 per cent market synergy monetizing the bottom line affecting 200-and-ninety-eleven shares leveraging commodities. But considering I just strung a bunch of random smart-sounding words and numbers together, it's obvious no one would want to read that.
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04 Apr 2013 : What does North Korea fear the most? A revolution that would bring down the Pyongyang regime.