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EDITORIAL New charter might work
10 Dec 2013 : Today is the 81st Constitution Day, marking the end of the absolute monarchy. The 1932 revolution changed the face and very nature of Thailand, a turning point in the country's history.
10 Dec 2013 : Are we setting ourselves up for a rigged election? Now that parliament's been dissolved, if I were Yingluck Shinawatra, I'd vigorously seek to ensure a free and fair election, secure in the belief that I'd win again. (Chula Prof Emeritus Pasuk Phongpaichit and Chris Baker, in their article on Dec 6, concluded that although there has been vote buying, ''the [voting] pattern is not what you would expect if vote buying was determining the result''.)
28 Oct 2013 : The plan to charge every visitor a fee to get into the country is taking shape too quickly. For such a radical, untried project, it has received no proper scrutiny. Public health officials, including the minister, Pradit Sintawanarong, have conceived and raised it. They invited virtually no advice, listened to no experts and failed utterly to consider a legion of vital problems. It must be shelved or it will risk huge, humiliating national abuse and failure.
28 Oct 2013 : Yes, the United States dodged another bullet with a last-minute deal on the debt ceiling. But, with 90 days left to bridge the ideological and partisan divide before another crisis erupts, the fuse on America's debt bomb is getting shorter and shorter.
28 Oct 2013 : Re: ''Battlelines drawn over Asoke elevated road'' (BP, Oct 26).
28 Oct 2013 : Come November, the political temperature is likely to reach boiling point _ if not breaking point. The war drums which were earlier sounded by various political groups opposed to the revised amnesty bill will soon be replaced by real action - mass protests, as threatened.
28 Oct 2013 : Let Pak Bara be a small seaside town, not a deep-sea port. Coastal fishermen and environmentalists are using their feet to send that message _ they're on a long walk, roughly 200 kilometres, from Pak Bara in Langu district of Satun to Chana district of Songkhla. And what they are trying to say is: Save the sea. I assure you it does make more sense than it may appear to.
28 Oct 2013 : Making my daily round of Facebook posts, I chanced upon a shared link about "Top 10 Things I Don't Understand About Thais and Thailand" written on a Yahoo network by a certain Ms Cassandra James. (Pardon my lifting your quotes without your permission.)
27 Oct 2013 : It is no surprise that lifting trade barriers and international economic integration took centre stage at the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation summit held in Bali earlier this month. In the Leaders' Declaration released at the end of the summit, the goal of achieving a Free Trade Area of the Asia-Pacific (FTAAP) was reaffirmed and the benefits of such an agreement were lauded. But what is disturbing is the continuing secrecy surrounding negotiations for a major stepping stone along the way to an FTAAP _ the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP), which includes 12 Apec members including the US and Japan who make up almost 40% of the global economy.
27 Oct 2013 : In reference to the the BP article on Tuesday, ''Can India and China keep rising if their brightest leave?'', it is no coincidence that America remains an epicentre for research and innovation, as one the most important principles of the US Constitution is that citizens are guaranteed freedom of thought and expression. Americans are born with these values and the education system further strengthens them. On the other hand, the educational systems in India and China have never been competitive for the simple reason that they lack an environment that nourishes free thinking. Authoritarianism, cronyism and rampant corruption have turned most universities in India into teaching factories that shell out meaningless degrees, and the same is true of most Chinese universities.
27 Oct 2013 : Most entertaining tale of the week features Starbucks taking a Thai fellow with a cart to court for allegedly pinching their logo with his mobile ''Starbung'' coffee operation.
27 Oct 2013 : If I were Thaksin Shinawatra, which of course I'm not, I would stop giving ammunition to my detractors. Reporters will always stick the microphone in my face, because my name makes for an alluring headline. But that doesn't mean I should say things which would allow my opponents to call me a liar.