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  • post bagPlace the displaced

    02 Feb 2015 : Re: “Vigilantes fight against human trafficking”, (BP, Jan 31).

  • LabourWorkers struggle in the robot age

    02 Feb 2015 : Fears about the impact of technology on the labour market are nothing new. In the early 19th century, a group of English textile workers known as the Luddites worried that new technologies like power looms and spinning frames would cost them their jobs. They protested by smashing the machines.

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  • Postbag

    Postbag: Sex tourism hypocrisy

    07 Jan 2015 : Mr Schertzer (Re: “Foreigners to blame”, PostBag, Jan 3) takes a lot of flak for his allegedly outrageous claim that sex tourism harms Thailand.

  • COMMENTARY

    A river trip to hell, for locals and tourists

    07 Jan 2015 : For many Bangkokians who live far from the river, the chance to enjoy a boat ride on the majestic Chao Phraya River or visit its webs of canals is a joy only tourists get to experience. Most locals tend to be stuck in the concrete jungle from dawn till dusk.

  • In the company of Dutch uncles

    07 Jan 2015 : Written, the Dutch language is Seussian. Rife with double vowels bookended by horrifically paired consonants, road signs announce the arrival of towns named Hoofddorp and Heerhugowaard. There, you will stop at restaurants and order food from menus that resemble horizontal eye charts — bitterballen, frikandellen and a green pea soup called snert.

  • geopolitics

    Holding Asia-Pacific's security balance

    07 Jan 2015 : Confidence in the capacity of the Asia-Pacific region to preserve a flexible but fundamentally robust security order weakened noticeably over the past year.

  • EDITORIAL

    Weeding out the thugs

    07 Jan 2015 : Police chief Somyot Pumpunmuang and the website InternationalLiving.com have a lot in common. Pol Gen Somyot says Thailand offers "fresh air and hospitality" to foreign visitors. The website says Thailand is "an outdoor-lover's paradise" combined with friendly people. InternationalLiving.com says the choice of restaurants and dining spots is vast. Pol Gen Somyot says the country has "a lot of tourist attractions" and "good food".

  • Big ideas like Kra Canal take guts to follow through on

    07 Jan 2015 : With attention focused largely on holiday celebrations in the past couple of weeks, most Thais probably missed the news about a milestone event in Nicaragua just before Christmas. The event was a groundbreaking ceremony, commencing the construction of the Nicaragua Canal linking the Pacific Ocean with the Atlantic Ocean.

  • CURRENTS

    The Chinese are coming

    07 Jan 2015 : This will be the year of the Chinese phone manufacturers.

  • Tang Archeewa's puppet master should shut him up

    06 Jan 2015 : The Ministry of Foreign Affairs seems to have just awakened to the problem of Ekaphob Luera, widely known as “Tang Archeewa.” Without a hard push from the National Council for Peace and Order, I wonder if the ministry will do something regarding the red-shirt underling now facing lese majeste charges.

  • Postbag

    Postbag: Within our rights

    06 Jan 2015 : In response to the editorial, “Indonesia is wrong” (BP, Dec 5) the Embassy of the Republic of Indonesia wishes to state the following:

  • The more things change, the more they stay the same

    06 Jan 2015 : I'm in the hotels and resorts industry, so most of my staff are local to each hotel's location. The majority of my people have few if any formal qualifications apart from the undying will to work hard and to make something of their lives. As the chief executive, I'm constantly called on stage to make the opening speech at our annual staff parties.

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