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EDITORIAL Finding a way out of the box
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.
25 Nov 2013 : At the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC), it has recently been a case of "nothing new". In November of last year, the UNODC issued a press release it headlined, "Record-high methamphetamine seizures in Southeast Asia in 2012". Two weeks ago, the same office issued a press release with this headline: "Record-high methamphetamine seizures in Southeast Asia". New year, same story. What is going on?
25 Nov 2013 : The Constitution Court has done its duty well for Thais in holding an act of the parliament subject to the constitution. In this decision the court has ruled that a majority in parliament may not exercise a willful and unaccountable power over Thai politics.
25 Nov 2013 : Without trying to create a controversy, or a war of words over democracies and definitions, it is generally accepted that in a democracy, the leadership governs with the consent of the electorate, which can easily remove that same leadership for ineptness by election and petition.
25 Nov 2013 : Allow me to borrow some of US President Barack Obama's 2008 campaign slogans on the theme of change. "Vote for Change", "Change We Can Believe In", "Our Time for Change", "It's about Time. It's about Change", "Stand for Change", or "Organise for Change".
25 Nov 2013 : Violence against women and girls is a human rights violation. It is violence against families, communities, nations and humanity.
25 Nov 2013 : Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra missed a great chance in her decision to skip a visit to Singapore tomorrow. She would no doubt have learnt some things from Singapore Premier Lee Hsien Loong, while at the same time passing on some knowledge.
25 Nov 2013 : I'm in one of those deep, dark places at the moment.
24 Nov 2013 : The announcement that nuclear experts from the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) will visit Japan in the coming week to help with planning in a critical stage of the decontamination operation at the devastated Fukushima nuclear plant is encouraging. The IAEA has had some involvement in the decontamination in the past and helped to draw up an action plan after a team visited Fukushima in April, but it has long been obvious that Tokyo Electric Power Company (Tepco), the privately owned company that runs Fukushima, should be seeking out more international assistance to bring this complicated and potentially very dangerous process to a successful completion.
24 Nov 2013 : Thank you for publishing Crutch's reminiscences last Sunday (PostScript) about his 1979 visit to Tacloban in the Philippines, so recently ravaged by Typhoon Haiyan.
24 Nov 2013 : One would think a highly lucrative business to be involved in at the moment in Thailand must be making whistles. You can't go anywhere in Bangkok without someone blowing a wretched whistle at you, whether it be protesters on the streets or those irritating guards directing traffic outside hotels and parking lots.