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EDITORIAL Government shows its intractability
20 May 2013 : When Deputy Prime Minister Plodprasop Suraswadi referred to criticism of his anti-flood schemes as "garbage", it was - pardon the expression - a watershed. He brought down a curtain between him and citizens seeking honest debate. So the question for today is this _ if the government cannot properly manage the political reality of its plan, can the public trust it to fund, build and run the actual water management project?
20 May 2013 : For more than eight years, former Asian Development Bank (ADB) president Haruhiko Kuroda spoke of the Japanese-led multilateral development bank's commitment to fighting poverty in the Asia-Pacific region. How ironic it is that today there is much debate over whether monetary policies now being pursued by Mr Kuroda in his new role as head of Japan's central bank will do more to destabilise economies in developing Asia than the ADB did to help them.
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.
24 Apr 2013 : Atiya Achakulwisut warned us against ''Getting ahead of ourselves with ICJ glory'' (BP, April 23).
24 Apr 2013 : Allow me to conclude by revisiting a value that forms the cornerstone of the Kingdom of Thailand's approach to the present as well as the original proceedings, that is "consistency".
24 Apr 2013 : How are new conscripts being taught military discipline? In not one but two YouTube videos that went viral last week, the public was outraged to see privates being repeatedly kicked and slapped in the face and trampled hard in the back and torso as punishment for disobedience.