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  • EDITORIALFacts about condoms

    31 Jan 2015 : Facts and proven practices should prevail over outdated attitudes and unfounded fears in a long overdue plan to install condom vending machines in schools.

  • PostbagPostbag: Anguish for the future

    31 Jan 2015 : All those who have criticised the comments by US envoy Daniel Russel during his visit to Thailand should read Songkran Grachangnetara’s article, “Only real democracy will solve Thailand’s problems” on Thursday. It’s the most powerful he has written so far. The article clearly illustrates Mr Songkran’s anguish at the current plight of his country, and his concerns for the future will be shared by many of Thailand’s friends abroad.

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    Hands up, it's the moral police!

    10 Dec 2014 : Over the weekend, one of Thailand's biggest music events, Big Mountain Music Festival (BMMF), drew huge crowds.


    Thailand travels a winding road

    10 Dec 2014 : Every year on Dec 10, people around the world celebrate Human Rights Day. It is a day where we reflect together on the achievements made and the challenges remaining to ensure everyone is entitled to their inherent human rights regardless of their social status, ethnicity, religion, age, gender, sexual orientation, or political affiliation.

  • Myanmar

    Stalled reforms herald a bleak future

    10 Dec 2014 : With elections planned for this time next year, Myanmar's future is at a critical crossroads. At the same time, there is increased confusion over attempts to change the constitution and introduce proportional representation rather than the first past the post system as in previous elections.The speaker of the lower house Shwe Mann has announced there will be a referendum in May next year on some proposed amendments to the constitution, but that the charter will remain relatively unchanged before next year's election.Meanwhile, the National League for Democracy (NLD) is continuing its campaign to change the constitution, although it concedes this is unlikely before the next election. 

  • Postbag

    Inform the people

    09 Dec 2014 : I agree with the Constitution Drafting Committee that students be taught their civil rights at all educational levels so they will know their duties and responsibilities. To promote commitment to what they learn, we should follow Lord Buddha’s teaching: “Believe nothing just because a so-called wise person said it. Believe nothing just because a belief is generally held. Believe nothing just because it is said in ancient books. Believe nothing just because it is said to be of divine origin. Believe nothing just because someone else believes it. Believe only what you yourself test and judge to be true.”


    Protest law needs time

    09 Dec 2014 : Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha is correct when he says new legislation is necessary to address public gatherings. The rolling protests that have highlighted political protests since 2005 are no way to run a democratic country. But Gen Prayut is wrong about the urgency involved. His current, martial law is no model for the needed statutes, and actually will inhibit and cripple efforts to rush through a law that will certainly prove imperfect.


    Thailand faces serious challenges on Human Rights Day

    09 Dec 2014 : Tomorrow is our Constitution Day; others in the international arena know it as Human Rights Day. Many of us in Thailand feel that we don't have either — at least for the time being and hopefully not for the long haul.

  • Identity is a fluid state

    09 Dec 2014 : Thai authorities are reportedly working with Malaysia to track the movements of people with dual Thai-Malaysian citizenship, for tax and security reasons. The practice isn't new, and concern over dual nationality isn't unique. It is inarguably based on prejudice, as the allegiance of the person with two nationalities is questioned. But allegiance to what?


    South talks a cause for cautious optimism

    09 Dec 2014 : The recent visit of Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha to Malaysia marks the official resumption of the deep South peace dialogue. The event is long-awaited since the talks were suspended for one year. I have been watching this development with cautious optimism.


    Words of advice

    08 Dec 2014 : Re: “King of hearts” (Dec 5, 2014).

  • democracy

    How to talk about social choice

    08 Dec 2014 : Human beings have always lived in groups, and their individual lives have invariably depended on group decisions. But the challenges of group choice can be daunting, particularly given the divergent interests and concerns of the group's members. So, how should collective decision-making be carried out?

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