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EDITORIALMore to lose than their chains
19 May 2013 : The guarantee last week from Corrections Department chief Suchart Wonganantachai that his department will unshackle all prisoners serving maximum jail terms in prisons across the country within three months is a positive step and long overdue. On Wednesday, 563 prisoners had their shackles removed during a ceremony at Bang Khwang Central Prison which was presided over by Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra. The unshackling process actually started in January with a group of inmates who were all considered "well behaved".
19 May 2013 : Democrat leader Abhisit Vejjajiva showed his mettle when he predicted Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra would dissolve the House within the year. He also declared the government's populist policies are failing, and thus a snap election to extend its rule is inevitable.
25 Apr 2013 : If you want a moral-based analysis of politics, go see a monk. You would then feel good about yourself, but still wouldn’t understand politics. If you want to understand politics, read a political analysis, but then you would hate politics.
25 Apr 2013 : The rally in front of the Appeal Court on Tuesday by 300 residents from Prachuap Khiri Khan to demand transparency in the murder case of environment defender Charoen Wat-aksorn attracted scant media attention.
25 Apr 2013 : I read, with interest, David James Wong's ''Stop whining!'' (PostBag, April 24). It is an emotional, rather than a rational response that doesn't offer much of a solution to Thailand's problems.
25 Apr 2013 : It's not uncommon for a premier to have a huge office. And Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra is no exception. Her office, plus the office of the prime minister's secretary Suranand Vejjajiva at Government House, is colossal.
25 Apr 2013 : In his bid for re-election, Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak has dispensed with all shame. Vote for me, he has essentially declared, or Malaysia will suffer "catastrophic ruin" and an "Arab Winter" of the kind that has undone economies from Egypt to Libya.
25 Apr 2013 : Last weekend, I was stuck on Kanchanaphisek western ring road in the Bang Bua Thong area for almost an hour without knowing why the traffic was so terrible.
25 Apr 2013 : The revived hearings over the Preah Vihear temple boundary dispute before the International Court of Justice (ICJ) have concluded. Despite a formal decision from the court not expected for several months, several observations can now be made.
25 Apr 2013 : This month, Thailand's movie industry witnessed a historic record, with Pee Mak Phra Khanong raking in more than 500 million baht within a few weeks. As a Thai, I feel proud that a Thai movie can be so successful, more successful than most foreign movies have been.
24 Apr 2013 : Even before they were elected nearly two years ago, Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra and her ruling Pheu Thai Party said they planned to bring about national reconciliation through the introduction of new laws.
24 Apr 2013 : Over the next seven years, Thailand will undergo a transport transformation as the government pursues its ambitious 2-trillion-baht loan projects to improve national infrastructure and logistics systems on the largest scale in recent history.