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  • POSTBAGReach for the video

    30 Jan 2015 : Re: “Govt scolds US envoy for Yingluck jibe”, (BP, Jan 29).

  • EDITORIALRape is no joking matter

    30 Jan 2015 : In a country where a rape happens every 15 minutes, the serial rapes and rape-murders of elderly women that have recently hit the headlines reflect larger social and cultural problems Thailand needs to address — the sidelining of the elderly and the country's rape culture.

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  • Sufficiency economy doesn't mean self-sufficiency

    03 Dec 2014 : Since the head of the National Council for Peace and Order (NCPO) announced some six months ago that he would use the sufficiency economy (SE) as the guiding light for governing the country, I again have seen discussions equating SE with self-sufficiency. It's not.


    Phishing, Stuxnet & Samsung

    03 Dec 2014 : Today's new IT term is spear-phishing. According to Kaspersky Labs, Australia is attacked by phishers a quarter of the time, which I suppose makes them the most gullible nation.

  • A paltry million baht, are you kidding?

    02 Dec 2014 : You must be kidding, surely, was one of the first things that popped into my mind when it was announced Pol Gen Somyot Pumpanmuang, the national police chief, has offered a one-million baht reward for information that leads to the arrest of Sahachai "Sia Jo" Chiansoemsi.

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    Shut off from the truth

    02 Dec 2014 : PM Prayut Chan-o-cha has good intentions in seeking to shield us from the cold world outside, but censorship is not the way to go, whether in principle or practice. As Justice Potter Stewart noted, "Censorship reflects a society’s lack of confidence in itself."


    Dollar's rise opens up new risks

    02 Dec 2014 : The US dollar is on the move. In the last four months alone, it has soared by more than 7% compared with a basket of more than a dozen global currencies, and by even more against the euro and the Japanese yen. This dollar rally, the result of genuine economic progress and divergent policy developments, could contribute to the "rebalancing" that has long eluded the world economy. But that outcome is far from guaranteed, especially given the related risks of financial instability.


    Mottoes key to keeping public order

    02 Dec 2014 : Mottoes are a necessary tool to keep people fixed in a state of happiness, to give them a moral guideline and make them feel there is a form of order in an otherwise messy world. A couple of cool and catchy slogans can go a long way. 


    Uber ban off the mark

    02 Dec 2014 : The blanket and unyielding ban on the new Uber taxi service is disappointing and ill-advised. Without warning, the Department of Land Transport director-general declared that smartphone-savvy Uber was not established by existing rules. Teerapong Rodprasert's ruling is technically correct. It also is vastly out of touch with everything that is happening in society today, from social media to public demand. That includes the government's own ambition to move to a digital economy.

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    What I've learned, I've learned by heart

    02 Dec 2014 : Graduating from an international school, then subsequently from a university abroad, meant one good thing for me: I was saved from the mind-boggling, overcapitalised, macabre existence that teenagers are suffering under — the Thai education system.


    Fight for jumbos

    01 Dec 2014 : Although your Nov 23 editorial on the Animal Welfare Bill was excellent, you left out one important word: Elephants.

  • terrorism

    Radicals react to losses by growing hydra-like heads

    01 Dec 2014 : Many believe that killing the leaders of terrorist organisations like the Islamic State could change the course of events in Iraq and Syria. Like the cutting off of a snake's head, eliminating the chief of a terrorist organisation is assumed to deal it a fatal or near fatal blow. The US government, for instance, has often boasted about eliminating major al-Qaeda leaders, and viewed such assassinations as a clear mark of progress in the "global war on terror".

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