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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.
30 Mar 2013 : I notice a construction is under way on a prime site opposite Siam Paragon. A few locals led me to believe the site is slated for another shopping mall. As if we don't already have enough of them.
MY TWO SATANGS
30 Mar 2013 : If you have a social media account you have no doubt come across someone using a pink equals sign on a red background as their profile picture recently. If you've seen the picture then I'm sure you already know that its use is intended as support for marriage equality in the US during the week that the Supreme Court decides whether to invalidate parts of the Federal Defence of Marriage Act.
30 Mar 2013 : With the anniversary of the April-May 2010 red-shirt protests looming, can colourful demonstrations and incendiary street brawls be far away?
29 Mar 2013 : The decision by the US Supreme Court last week absolving a Thai former student from using the "grey market" to run a small business is both a victory for free markets and an illustration of anachronistic copyright laws.
29 Mar 2013 : Thailand is fortunate to have experienced decades of high economic growth, which has helped lift millions of children and their families out of poverty and served to bring millions of others fully into the middle class.
29 Mar 2013 : Foreign Minister Surapong Tovichakchaikul says (InQuote, March 27): ''A passport is like an ID card. We don't seize them from people who are being jailed.'' This is not entirely true.
29 Mar 2013 : Several years ago I was among a group of journalists invited to meet genetic engineering experts at the American embassy in Bangkok.
29 Mar 2013 : The murderous communal riots that have wracked Myanmar for nearly six months are edging closer to the country's most important cities, and to strong notice abroad, particularly in Muslim-majority countries.
29 Mar 2013 : In Myanmar's capital Yangon, on March 20-21, a business investment summit presented Myanmar as a stable, growing democracy eager to establish agriculture, infrastructure, financial and manufacturing partnerships with leading international companies.
29 Mar 2013 : What's the first thing you look for on a label before putting food in your shopping cart? The date of manufacture, an expiry date, some nutritional facts? Or just the price tag? Or nothing at all?