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    02 Feb 2015 : Re: “Vigilantes fight against human trafficking”, (BP, Jan 31).

  • LabourWorkers struggle in the robot age

    02 Feb 2015 : Fears about the impact of technology on the labour market are nothing new. In the early 19th century, a group of English textile workers known as the Luddites worried that new technologies like power looms and spinning frames would cost them their jobs. They protested by smashing the machines.

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    Postbag: Just ask Grisham

    29 Jan 2015 : US envoy Daniel Russel should be far more concerned about judicial standards in the USA.

  • Japan

    Pacifist policies put citizens at risk

    29 Jan 2015 : Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe was on a six-day tour of Egypt, Jordan, Lebanon, Israel and Palestine when the Islamic State posted a video online threatening to murder two Japanese hostages, Haruna Yukawa and Kenji Goto, if his government did not pay US$200 million (6.5 billion baht) within 72 hours. Mr Abe had no good options. Indeed, when it comes to protecting its citizens overseas, Japan never does.


    Cool heads should prevail

    29 Jan 2015 : US Assistant Secretary of State for East Asian and Pacific Affairs Daniel Russel appears to be the "Ugly American" in the eyes of quite a number of Thai nationalists who have accused him of interference in the internal affairs of Thailand and being undiplomatic, among others.


    NCPO, army alliance leaves reds in the cold

    29 Jan 2015 : The impeachment of former prime minister Yingluck Shinawatra by an overwhelming 190:18 votes has given rise to anxiety among some people that the "Thaksin regime" will seek political revenge.


    Myanmar reneges on effort to free political prisoners

    29 Jan 2015 : One of the clearest markers of progress on human rights improvements in Myanmar has been the release of hundreds of political prisoners by the government of President Thein Sein since 2011. That progress has reversed starkly over the past year, as dozens of activists and protesters have been imprisoned.

  • business

    Death of Barbie − and her allure − has been greatly exaggerated

    29 Jan 2015 : Mattel chief executive Bryan Stockton resigned this week after a five-quarter sales slump and three years of flagging sales of the company's best-known brand, Barbie. It is, however, definitely not the end of the Barbie phenomenon, or, at any rate, of what Barbie stands for: An unattainable ideal of princess-like femininity that is all about looks, not brains. I know — I have a four-year-old daughter.


    Only real democracy will solve Thailand's problems

    29 Jan 2015 : In my view, the Yingluck Shinawatra impeachment proceedings were shameful and will go down in history as one of the most horrendous events in modern Thai history.

  • The silent shame of a society

    29 Jan 2015 : The manhunt for a serial rapist made front page news this week. Police on Monday arrested a suspect they believe has attacked 12 mainly elderly victims, two of whom were murdered. The ordeal has raised questions as to why a young man would rape elderly women and what, if anything, is being done to address the plight of his victims.

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    Postbag: Mosques for all

    28 Jan 2015 : I read about a mosque construction project in Nan with interest (Spectrum, Jan 25).


    Drug policy needs clarity

    28 Jan 2015 : Far too slowly, plans are being formulated for a new, properly up-to-date policy to fight use, abuse and trafficking in illegal drugs. Offices as diverse as the Ministry of Justice, the National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) and the Office of the Narcotics Control Board (ONCB) are slowly bringing a viable plan into the public arena. It will come to naught unless government, at the highest levels, affirms it is past time to bring the battle against dangerous drugs into the 21st century.

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