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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).
11 Dec 2013 : It is time for the nation to draw a collective deep breath, and stop for a moment to consider where we all stand. For more than a month, people across the country have stated and shown their political opinions. Monday's climactic rally, centred in Bangkok but echoed in many places, showed decisively the desire and the need for change. Clearly, the message was aimed across the board. The public, quite rightly, is tired of politics.
11 Dec 2013 : Now the prime minister has called new elections to allow the people to express their will, the most important thing is that they are presented with a real choice. The Democrat Party has to be persuaded to take part if we are to achieve this.
11 Dec 2013 : By most measures, solar energy should be a resounding success. Technical breakthroughs and continuous improvements in efficiency have driven the price of solar panels from US$100 (3,200 baht) per watt in the 1970s to less than $1 per watt today.
11 Dec 2013 : In countless interviews, policymakers reinforced the answer: "Everybody is doing it" as the main justification for the quality assessment (QA) policy in the higher education sector.
11 Dec 2013 : One of my best friends works in an office building next to Lumpini Park, where a hard-core anti-Thaksin Shinawatra group staged a protest for several months with little public support.
11 Dec 2013 : United States democracy was not created in a day, fully thought out and cut of whole cloth. It was a work in progress, full of trials and plenty of errors, in which strands of experience and theory were taken up and interwoven into a new and novel form of social compact, a tapestry of ideas that resulted in a remarkable written document, the world's most durable constitution.
11 Dec 2013 : Everyone knows downloading pirated software, films or music is illegal. Still, there are hundreds of websites and tons of files just a click away. In Bangkok, some streets and shopping malls are full of vendors selling illegal DVDs. They are so well-known in fact that you can even use Google to find their exact locations.
11 Dec 2013 : Duck, because that buzzing sound you hear might be the new delivery drones from Amazon. OK, here in Thailand they are unlikely to ever be seen, but in the US Amazon has plans to deliver packages up to 2.4kg within a 10km range of their distribution centres. Dubbed "Prime Air", this is still in the concept stage with all kinds of hurdles to pass before implementation. First off they need a reliable, cost-effective delivery drone. Another group is doing a similar thing in Haiti but in this case they are delivering medicine. This trial has had problems with mechanical failures due to humidity, dust and temperature. The next hurdle is the requirement for navigation ground stations, licenses to fly drones in a metro area, power line avoidance systems and crazy bird attacks. Yes, I did make that last one up. Given the current restrictions in all likelihood any realised solution will be deployed in a non-US country first.
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''.)