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EDITORIAL An election is imperative
09 Dec 2013 : It is almost a certainty that the end-of-year title of "most unlikely revolutionary" will go to ex-politician, ex-minister, ex-influential figure Suthep Thaugsuban. Mr Suthep's appearances on the various stages of dissenting groups in the past two months have been riveting. But more to the point, they always exposed the faults, problems and lack of ethics of a badly flawed government. Today, he has promised, his campaign will end.
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09 Dec 2013 : From Thailand to Turkey to the Ukraine, the relationship between ruling majorities and electoral minorities has become combustible _ and is threatening to erode the legitimacy of democracy itself.
09 Dec 2013 : Mr Somsak Pola in his letter, ''Just the facts, please'' on Dec 7, suggests the foreign press prove there is no vote-buying in Thailand and furthermore suggests that this government did not indulge in either vote buying or any other shenanigans.
09 Dec 2013 : Two days before the People's Democratic Reform Committee's battle royale against the Thaksin regime today, a message was posted on the Thaksin Fan Facebook page, supposedly by the exiled former prime minister himself.
09 Dec 2013 : At a time when we are all looking for change in our political system as a way out of a deadlock, "how" has emerged as a big question for us to ponder.
09 Dec 2013 : Nelson Mandela was a man greatly admired throughout the world, and in death his message lives on. This fragile, softly spoken, human rights colossus went to war against the mighty apartheid regime and won. His allies were freedom and justice. His weapons were his convictions and his indomitable spirit. In the end, numerous leaders of the free world flocked to join his cause. A believer in liberty and equal rights for all, regardless of colour or creed; a belief he was willing to die for.
09 Dec 2013 : Last Wednesday, Banharn Silpa-archa led 13 other politicians, fresh from serving a five-year ban, to the Chartthaipattana Party to apply for membership. They were greeted by party leader Theera Wongsamut, who praised Mr Banharn for his invaluable political experience that can help the party.
09 Dec 2013 : We've just been through weeks of chaos that was concluded just in time to celebrate the 86th birthday anniversary of His Majesty the King on Dec 5.
08 Dec 2013 : Everyone is familiar with certain tourist magnets _ including some areas of Pattaya, Phuket, Koh Samui and even Koh Chang _ which are plagued by zones of unregulated development that blot out their natural wonderWhen asked what makes them want to come to Thailand, many tourists will mention the nightlife and shopping, especially in Bangkok. But along with the famously good-natured natives, by far the biggest drawing card for the country is its natural beauty, particularly in coastal areas. This is both a blessing and a curse. The millions of foreigners flocking to the seemingly endless stretches of gorgeous coastline and forested islands with white-sand beaches bring a huge amount of money into the country and directly create many thousands of jobs. However, many of these jobs are low-paying and a big chunk of the profits are leaving the country. According to a 2007 report prepared by the Environmental Research Institute of Chulalongkorn University and the Bumi Kita Foundation titled ''Sustainable Tourism Management in Thailand'', 80% of the profits are made by foreign tour-operators, hotel owners and suppliers of imported goods for tourists.
08 Dec 2013 : For the past 50 years, Thailand has been tinkering with constitutions and electoral systems in an attempt to produce good governments. Each attempt has failed, but once again another round of charter re-engineering is being proposed.
08 Dec 2013 : It was pleasing to see recent Bangkok Post letters praising that most noble of institutions, HP Sauce. One reader even called it "the best condiment ever produced", although one suspects the French might have something to say about that. Perhaps more realistically, the Daily Mail calls it "a sticky brown liquid".
08 Dec 2013 : It has been a long and winding road for Thai democracy. The ongoing anti-government demonstration, spearheaded by member of parliament-turned-mob leader Suthep Thaugsuban, has exposed a serious problem facing the nation: the crisis of electoral politics. Starting off with rallying against the controversial amnesty bill, the demonstrators have now switched to the issue of corruption and tyranny of majority. They ride on the discourse of the ''Thaksin regime'' as a kind of immoral and devilish pattern of politics and advocate the overthrow of the elected government of Yingluck Shinawatra.