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EDITORIAL Spotlight must turn to reform
12 Dec 2013 : The snap election scheduled for Feb 2 _ if it happens at all _ will usher in a new set of members of parliament, albeit with many old faces. It will also bring in a new government probably headed, again, by Yingluck Shinawatra. But it will not resolve the deeply entrenched political conflict which has practically divided the country into two main rival political groups, the pro-Thaksin Shinawatra and anti-Thaksin, and those in the middle.
12 Dec 2013 : In the wake of the 2007-2008 financial crisis, the world's central banks played a critical role in rescuing the global financial system. They stepped in when private markets froze, acting as lenders and dealers of last resort, and provided additional liquidity to grease the wheels of finance.
05 Nov 2013 : When it comes to Thai politics, like many others, I feel lost and exhausted. There are people who are willing to forget the fact that they have known you all your life as soon as you have the slightest tendency to step to the other side. And there are those who look on you as if you're a coward when you just can't really say that you're one of them despite sharing certain beliefs.
04 Nov 2013 : “Oh, front page of the international media, I’ve missed you all for so long” was the feeling that came across me as I sat down to write this piece.
04 Nov 2013 : Revelations of just how much the United States is spying on the world drew close to Thailand last week. Documents stolen by Edward Snowden, the former National Security Agency (NSA) employee, showed US embassies in Bangkok and other Asean capitals participate in espionage.
04 Nov 2013 : Over the last three decades, economic losses associated with natural disasters like floods, storm surges, hurricanes, and droughts have risen in lockstep with the steady climb in global temperatures. Data from a growing number of governments suggest that, so far this century, such losses have amounted to around US$2.5 trillion (75 trillion baht). And, as the latest report from the United Nations Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change warns, the worst is yet to come.
04 Nov 2013 : What will happen to Thailand after the House's approval of the blanket amnesty bill at 4am on Friday, Nov 1 (the darkest day for Thailand's lawmakers)?
04 Nov 2013 : It was a gross miscalculation by fugitive former prime minister Thaksin Shinawatra, aka the Man in Dubai, that the protesting crowd at Samsen railway station would number at most 10,000. Apparently, the Man in Dubai and his cronies at home have underestimated the strength of public resistance to the blanket amnesty bill and to the man himself.
04 Nov 2013 : Last week I went through a major trauma. I moved house. For a lot of people, relocating is just another one of those things you do every few years. For me, it's about uprooting my entire life.
03 Nov 2013 : It was announced last week that the State Railway of Thailand (SRT) has approached the Finance Ministry to develop two huge plots of land in Bangkok into commercial districts in exchange for writing off 80 billion baht in debt owed by the the SRT. If the comments online at the end of the Bangkok Post story on the pending deal are any indication, the first thing to cross the minds of many Bangkokians, tourists and others upon hearing this news is why on earth does the city need so much new commercial space?
03 Nov 2013 : I feel that if the amnesty bill is passed into law, all Thai prisons should be abolished and all inmates should be freed. After all, why should a thief who steals a few thousand baht from a convenience store be jailed while those who commit far more serious crimes go unpunished?
03 Nov 2013 : It is a bit scary to think that Halloween, which I have been studiously avoiding all week, is now more popular in England than the traditional Guy Fawkes Night, which is coming up on Tuesday.