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EDITORIAL Warrant lifting is a good start
22 May 2013 : The order to review all warrants to arrest suspected insurgents is welcome news.
GLOBALISATIONCorporates need a foreign policy, too
22 May 2013 : Google unintentionally sparked a diplomatic row earlier this month following its decision to change the name on its "Palestinian territories" homepage to "Palestine".
25 Mar 2013 : Two is not always better than one. Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra knows that but she has to live with it.
25 Mar 2013 : Thailand's a wonderful place to live because we're never without colourful and exotic things happening on a daily basis.
24 Mar 2013 : On Friday, the National News Bureau of Thailand (NNT) reported that Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra "has urged the Tourism Authority of Thailand [TAT] to attract more high-end tourists into the country". Ms Yingluck said that at present those tourists who could be classified as high-end make up only about 20% of the market, and she'd like to see that increase to 30%.
24 Mar 2013 : Voranai Vanijaka's solutions-oriented column last Sunday (''The change you must believe in'') challenges Thais to display some intelligent political leadership. Who is bold enough to transcend the corrupt feudal system and show Thailand that there is a better way? Who is smart enough to accept responsibility for a specific project and follow through to give proof to the voters of real success? For example, to show vast improvement in teachers' salaries and school test scores nationwide; to show that the economic model of supporting oneself is better than handouts from the government; to show the wisdom of Thailand being independent of the control of international bankers; to show actual reduction in poverty, teen pregnancy and drug use; or to create a corruption-free zone of government. In other words, to produce real victories for the people and not just words.
24 Mar 2013 : During my early days in Thailand, while wandering around in rural areas, I was regularly subjected to the cry of "Django!" from the kids. This was usually followed by lots of giggling as they scampered away through the paddy fields, fleeing this big-nosed, blotchy, sweating stranger trudging through their territory.
24 Mar 2013 : Too often we focus on the negative and fail to appreciate the positive. After all, mankind's penchant for complaining is spiritually gratifying and psychologically therapeutic, while a pat on the back is nothing but a selfless act.
24 Mar 2013 : A decade has now passed since Saddam Hussein was removed from power, following more than 30 years of tyrannical rule. The dream of Iraqis after Saddam's fall was to build a new, prosperous, and democratic Iraq. A country at peace with itself and its neighbours, with a constitution upholding basic human rights and the rule of law, was the desire of almost everyone.
23 Mar 2013 : It is ironic that in a week that has seen the unveiling of world-class restroom and care facilities for those with disabilities at Suvarnabhumi airport, the capital's subway transit system has unleashed a storm of protest by deciding to switch off its down escalators during off-peak hours, a move that will hit expectant mothers, the disabled, the arthritic and the elderly hard. The irony, of course, is that while the airport's facilities were so primitive they were branded as hostile to the disabled when the terminal opened in 2006, the MRT subway system has always been cited as a shining example of how to get things right and adopted as a model by campaigners worldwide because of its easy access, legible signs and audio messages.
23 Mar 2013 : Your editorial of March 23, "Decentralise to solve conflicts", makes the important points that decentralisation is the most promising path to peace in Thailand's troubled South, and that it would contribute to resolving other conflicts in Thai society. This first point is supported by a 2010 Asia Foundation survey of the South, which revealed a majority of the population believes that some form of local self-government might solve the conflict. The second point is supported by the Foundation's 2009 national survey, where 75% said they would prefer elected rather than appointed governors. While decentralisation may seem threatening to vested interests, both academic research and recent experience in Myanmar suggests that reduction in conflict and improvements in the quality of governance ultimately benefit everyone.
23 Mar 2013 : Army chief Prayuth Chan-ocha is Jack Nicholson, lashing out against unpatriotic puppies who dare to ask hard questions.