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06 Dec 2013 : Thursday night’s candlelight ceremony at Sanam Luang to celebrate His Majesty the King’s 86th birthday led by Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra was shown live by all free-to-air TV stations and attracted a big crowd, mostly government officials - but it was less than half the story.
EDITORIAL Autocracy is not the answer
06 Dec 2013 : The Thai saying "nee sua pa jorokeh" which literally means escaping the tiger only to be faced with a crocodile, aptly describes the political dilemma Thailand is facing at the moment.
21 Oct 2013 : Re: ''Governor must speak out on city road plan'' (Opinion, Oct 17).
21 Oct 2013 : The move in parliament on Friday when Pheu Thai MPs managed to push a new version of an amnesty through the 35-member House panel vetting the amnesty bill resembles what I would call a "silent coup".
21 Oct 2013 : Lead poisoning has devastating health consequences, in particular for children, with childhood lead exposure estimated to contribute to 600,000 new cases of children with intellectual disabilities every year.
21 Oct 2013 : All right, they've just thrown another spanner in the works, and created another brouhaha that has more people grinding their teeth and bombarding the social media than when the single person law was proposed a week or so ago.
20 Oct 2013 : Morality, legality and democracy, these are the things tribal minions get stuck on, actually believing that they are what the political struggle over the past eight years has been all about.
20 Oct 2013 : Most people don't give much though to what's happening at the "bottom of the world", but fortunately for all of us an international grouping called the Commission for the Conservation of Antarctic Marine Living Resources (CCAMLR), comprising 24 nations plus the European Union, is concerned with protecting the pristine waters of the Antarctic's Ross Sea. The group is meeting in Hobart, Australia, this week to hopefully finalise approval of what will be the largest stretch of protected ocean in the world at 1.34 million sq km.
20 Oct 2013 : Last weekend, it was announced that a spanking new submarine base would open at Sattahip next March. This is wonderful news and would be even more wonderful if Thailand actually had any submarines. Still, it is a step in the right direction for a navy that hasn't had an operational sub since 1951.
20 Oct 2013 : Every year, we waste or lose 1.3 billion tonnes of food _ one-third of the world's annual food production. The sheer scale of the number makes it almost impossible to grasp, no matter how one approaches it. Try to imagine 143,000 Eiffel Towers stacked one on top of another.
20 Oct 2013 : Former deputy prime minister and finance minister MR Pridiyathorn Devakula last Tuesday submitted an open letter to Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra that called for the end of the controversial rice-pledging scheme and suggested direct payments to farmers instead. At last a voice of reason, but will it be listened to when the government's mantra is ''We have never done anything wrong''?
19 Oct 2013 : Watch out what you wish for. From trash-strewn trekking paths in Nepal to drunken visitors on the beaches of Bali, nations across the Asia and Pacific region have found that the impact of tourism has not been uniformly positive. Will Myanmar be the next to discover that unfortunate truth as cross-border tourism from Thailand, as well as the number of international air arrivals, continues to grow?