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22 Dec 2013 : The first really good news concerning diplomatic relations in East Asia in some time came out on Friday with the announcement that Japan's foreign minister and the Chinese envoy had met and had what was termed a "friendly" discussion. There were no details of the topics discussed but Japanese Foreign Minister Fumio Kishida said afterwards that he and the Chinese ambassador, Cheng Yonghua, had "meaningful exchanges" based on their "mutually beneficial relationship". It may be a small thing, but anything to get the ball rolling toward greater diplomacy and peaceful negotiations between the two Asian powers is highly welcome, and hopefully a meeting between their leaders, Japan's Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and Chinese President Xi Jinping, will also soon be in the offing.
22 Dec 2013 : In his letter to PostBag on Thursday (''Pheu Thai must win trust''), Burin Kantabutra asks readers how Pheu Thai can earn the trust of anti-government protesters prior to the election.
20 Dec 2013 : A friend of mine who is not so fond of Suthep Thaugsuban has chastised the former Democrat Party strongman for having successfully raised an army of supporters to give the Pheu Thai Party a run for its money.
20 Dec 2013 : The season of joy and goodwill is just around the corner, and we can feel the merry spirit in the air.
GURU EDITOR'S NOTE
20 Dec 2013 : It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas here in Bangkok city,
Even though our holy day is Buddha’s birth, not Jesus and the nativity.
But who cares, the festive holiday season brings joy and cheer,
So I won’t complain about Xmas carols at shopping malls hurting my ear.
20 Dec 2013 : Actress Nicole Kidman was on location at Kanchanaburi's infamous Death Railway to film a movie last year. What did she say happened during that experience?
19 Dec 2013 : Through the eight years of the Thai political divide, people have expressed self-righteous and narrow-minded attitudes, ignorance and intolerance with impunity.
19 Dec 2013 : Had the alleged serial rapist-killer Nui been locked up in jail longer than the three years and eight months he served in Khon Kaen for the attempted rape and murder of a seven-year-old girl back in 2005, four out of the eight innocent children he admitted to have sexually attacked this year would have been still alive with their families.
19 Dec 2013 : It is inappropriate and unacceptable to request assistance for our political problems from foreign countries as reported in the media. This is an internal affair caused by the government losing the people's trust. We do not need overseas ''advisers'' to tell us what to do. Doing this will only make things worse, increase a perceived dependence on outsiders, and deepen national embarrassment.
19 Dec 2013 : This is a follow up from my column last week in which I gave an overture of a people's forum, muan maha pracha kui _ an attempt by a group of people who want to create a public forum that is not dominated by politicians from whatever camps.
19 Dec 2013 : Incremental progress perhaps, but progress nevertheless. No longer is the public debate about the necessity of political reform, but rather when and in what form. People no longer doubt that political change is a prerequisite before tackling other problems, whether it be economic competitiveness, income inequality or educational reform. No, I believe that we have reached a tipping point, one in which all sides of the social, political and economic spectrum agree that change is necessary and overdue if Thailand is to ever move forward.
19 Dec 2013 : Watching news coverage of South African activist and former president Nelson Mandela's body _ who died on Dec 5, aged 95 _ being laid to rest in his hometown last week got me thinking about the need for us to spend wisely the time we have left on Earth.