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EDITORIAL Suthep weaves a tangled web
21 Dec 2013 : While Suthep Thaugsuban's rhetoric from the stage remains indignant and as the protest continues in the streets, rest assured that behind the scenes everyone is looking for a way out. But the way out must also save face.
21 Dec 2013 : Re: "Our system is a democracy of lesser evils" (Opinion, Dec 20).
14 Dec 2013 : This week's cheery news for career-minded females is that British women who give birth for the first time between the ages of 30 and 34 are precisely as likely to see their baby die as those aged between 35 and 39.
14 Dec 2013 : It has been widely agreed that Thailand needs to be "reformed" and both the Yingluck Shinawatra government and the anti-government protester group led by Suthep Thaugsuban are heavily lobbying various public groups to support their different approaches to "reform".
14 Dec 2013 : In the past, unscrupulous political parties gave out money or other incentives to potential voters in exchange for their votes - something that had to be carried out in secret.
14 Dec 2013 : We are witnessing something that perhaps has no precedent in Asian history: A liberal and conservative reaction not against a revolutionary mass, but against an emergent authoritarian populist regime that took shape in the early 2000s, that would displace old elites with a radically modernising regime legitimated by the ballot box but ruled by authoritarian means.
14 Dec 2013 : On Tuesday night I caught the film Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom at a screening in Dubai, where I was attending a film festival. On that same day, South Africa bid adieu to Nelson Mandela, the man, the fighter, the prisoner, the township hero who became a global idol for peace, the towering personality whose stature and courage were so formidable that no movie could ever match.
14 Dec 2013 : It reads like fiction straight from a Colin Cotterill novel. The setting is Vientiane, capital city of the People's Democratic Republic of Laos.
13 Dec 2013 : When Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra dissolved the House of Representatives to defuse the political conflict and announced a general election for Feb 2, questions arose as to what would happen to the government's controversial megaproject plans.
13 Dec 2013 : When the benefits of economic growth are distributed unequally, social bonds fray. Those losing ground, especially the young, may well grow disaffected, then resentful. This was a key factor behind the Arab Spring revolts; and, as protests in Chile, Brazil, Israel, Turkey, and India have shown, social tensions stemming from inequality are mounting around the globe.
13 Dec 2013 : Re: ''Cheers to vote buying'' (PostBag, Dec 12). Eric, the issue with Obama and anyone else in the USA in dealing with vote buying is that it is done cleverly.
13 Dec 2013 : On Tuesday, a public holiday in honour of the constitution, former deputy prime minister Suthep Thaugsuban was at the helm of protests around the Democracy Monument and Government House opposing the constitution.