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EDITORIAL Farmers lose in rice review
20 Jun 2013 : Finally, the government has accepted the fact that the rice-pledging scheme, the flagship populist policy of the Pheu Thai Party, cannot be allowed to continue without modifications.
20 Jun 2013 : A regional response is urgently required to stop the escalating Buddhist-Muslim violence in the Asean region. The risk of a deadly regional backlash, stemming from religious hatred campaigns led by Buddhists extremist groups in Myanmar, is growing by the day. There are grave concerns this violence _ which has already fuelled incidents in Malaysia and Indonesia _ coupled with increasing tensions in Sri Lanka, Bangladesh and Thailand, could spiral out of control.
20 Jun 2013 : The recent contest in Don Muang was so close that both the Democrat and Pheu Thai parties must constantly seek to fulfil the needs of Don Muang residents rather than take them for granted _ and that is how a true democracy should be.
20 Jun 2013 : The Pheu Thai Party insists that its defeat in the Don Muang by-election has not affected its popularity. But despite the brave front, everyone knows the pain of defeat cuts Pheu Thai very deep.
20 Jun 2013 : The planned North-South Korea meeting at Panmunjon on June 9 offered the remote hope that Pyongyang, after a third nuclear test, a new round of UN sanctions, and the spring season of hyperventilating belligerent rhetoric, could be coming to understand that it is, in fact, in an unprecedentedly bad place _ even for North Korea.
20 Jun 2013 : The government has gone quiet over the country's failure to remain in the running to host the 2020 World Expo.
20 Jun 2013 : Today is World Refugee Day, a day to pay tribute to the courage and resilience of people forced to flee their homes because of war and persecution.
20 Jun 2013 : I recently visited my good Danish friends in Copenhagen as I do once or twice a year when chances permit. As per our tradition, before going out and losing a bit of humanity on the town, we salivate over a shared tray of Stegt flaesk (dudes, should we really be eating fried bacon at our age?) and exchange stories of our lives that extend beyond social media.
19 Jun 2013 : The chances of a peaceful, quiet Ramadan seem to be getting weaker every day, instead of stronger. Last Thursday in Kuala Lumpur, the government and the Barisan Revolusi Nasional (BRN) peace talks delegates were upbeat about a month-long ceasefire during the Muslim fasting month.
19 Jun 2013 : Incredible. Deputy Prime Minister Chalerm Yubamrung looks the other way when his red-shirt men rally and intimidate people, but he now is in a panic because an anti-government group has grown from 300 to 3,000 and is gaining support daily. Mr Chalerm is reacting like a scared rabbit. I wonder what he'd do if he was ever turfed out and brought to charge.
19 Jun 2013 : Atraffic light shines in just one of three colours. But Bangkok's condominium market has hundreds of intersections, and at any given time, some lights are green, some yellow, others red. So if you are shopping for a condominium, or already own one, or work in banking or real estate, it's worth trying to view the big picture, to judge how the city's traffic now flows.
19 Jun 2013 : Commerce Minister Boonsong Teriyapirom is under fire for his lack of transparency in disclosing information about the losses incurred by the rice-pledging scheme.