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18 May 2013 : Good year? Bad year? Average year? The question is common, extraneous, and yet on everyone’s lips after three days into the 66th Cannes Film Festival.
EDITORIALA needless extravagance
18 May 2013 : MPs will have something special to celebrate when they reconvene for an extra session of parliament on May 28 to debate the 2014 budget bill. After years of delay and wrangling over locations, a contract has been signed to build a palatial new parliament beside the Chao Phraya River in the Kiakkai area of Dusit district. It will carry a price tag of 12.2 billion baht to which must be added the cost of relocating the state agencies and school that formerly occupied the land along with the new furnishings, IT equipment and infrastructure.
08 May 2013 : It is hardly unprecedented, but it has been a while since a forum on democracy unleashed such a great anti-democratic blowback.
08 May 2013 : There is a sense of deja vu about the lawsuit filed by Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra against newspaper cartoonist Chai Rachawat for alleged defamation, and the subsequent move by the Ministry of Information and Communications Technology (MICT) to step up online censorship of remarks made about the premier.
08 May 2013 : Re: ''The will of the people shall not be denied'', (Opinion, May 7).
08 May 2013 : Winston Churchill famously declared: "Democracy is the worst form of government except for all those others that have been tried."
08 May 2013 : Overthrowing an incumbent regime that has been entrenched for 55 years is akin to beating a reigning champion boxer with multiple belts. Unless the challenger delivers a clean knockout or a debilitating knockdown, he is unlikely to be given the decision by the judges. And so it was for Malaysia's much anticipated elections last Sunday. It was a split decision but the champion walks away with victory amid bitter cries of foul play and dirty tricks.
08 May 2013 : Twenty-five years on, Sompong Wiangjand's fight to decommission the Pak Moon Dam _ destroyer of the Moon River ecosystem and the livelihoods of thousands of families _ is far from over.
08 May 2013 : In the ante-Facebook, pre-Twitter, afore-social network era, how did you hurl insults at your enemies? Let me paraphrase, how did you publicise your hatred of someone, the hatred so unforgiving to that person's soul and maybe to your own? In other words, how did you call him/her names in public for the full humiliating effect _ the humiliation of that person and maybe, again, that boomerangs to hit you?
07 May 2013 : Pheu Thai Party people and the red-shirts are understandably angry with cartoonist Chai Ratchawat for his offensive remark about Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra, but the ICT minister's threat to shutdown websites hosting any criticism of her is too much to swallow.
07 May 2013 : Another report by the US Trade Representative (USTR) on intellectual property (IP) abuses spells another year in purgatory for Thailand.
07 May 2013 : No one could be happier these days than Algirdas Semeta. A former Lithuanian finance minister, sidelined until recently by his lack of charisma and continuous obstruction by some European governments, the EU Commissioner for Taxation will be leading the discussions during the European Finance Ministers Meeting on May 14th, specially focused on the delicate questions of banking secrecy and tax fraud.