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EDITORIAL New charter might work
10 Dec 2013 : Today is the 81st Constitution Day, marking the end of the absolute monarchy. The 1932 revolution changed the face and very nature of Thailand, a turning point in the country's history.
10 Dec 2013 : Are we setting ourselves up for a rigged election? Now that parliament's been dissolved, if I were Yingluck Shinawatra, I'd vigorously seek to ensure a free and fair election, secure in the belief that I'd win again. (Chula Prof Emeritus Pasuk Phongpaichit and Chris Baker, in their article on Dec 6, concluded that although there has been vote buying, ''the [voting] pattern is not what you would expect if vote buying was determining the result''.)
05 Dec 2013 : Re: ''Protests undo democracy'' (PostBag, Dec 4).
05 Dec 2013 : While much of the media attention in Thailand is focused on the latest bout of "red-yellow" political tensions, it is worth remembering that about two years ago much of Central Thailand was submerged in floodwater, causing millions to suffer.
05 Dec 2013 : Protest leader Suthep Thaugsuban's proposal for a people's council and an interim government will be difficult to make happen.
05 Dec 2013 : The first thing I did when arriving home late on Saturday night was turn on the television in the hope I could get an update of the situation at Ramkhamhaeng where students and pro-government ralliers were clashing.
05 Dec 2013 : Anticipating His Majesty the King's birthday today, both sides of the political divide have stepped back from the brink, exchanging flowers and hugs on the battle-torn front lines instead of rubber bullets and tear gas.
05 Dec 2013 : On an auspicious day like this, I'd really like to steer any thoughts away from politics because, honestly, it is starting to get exhausting trying to keep tabs on how Thaksin Shinawatra is scheming to get back to this country all the time. Let's shift our focus from politicians to _ yellow confetti please _ fathers. I've kept my observant media eye hyper-alert for all dad-related happenings around me lately and while some can be a downer, others are heart-warming.
04 Dec 2013 : For no discernible reason and with no feasible gain, China has decided to increase tensions in the East China Sea.
04 Dec 2013 : Financial markets and the news media have one thing in common: they tend to oscillate rapidly between hype and gloom. Nowhere is this more apparent than in analyses of emerging economies' prospects.
04 Dec 2013 : In a country where money talks, votes can be bought and people blindly follow leaders who promise the earth but deliver little, I cannot see a referendum working. Surely it too can be bought and we will be back to square one?
04 Dec 2013 : Ask any of the participants in the massive anti-government rallies about their purpose, and the answer is likely to be to get rid of something called "Thaksinocracy". When asked what it means, the answer varies, but may be roughly grouped along these five "cracies".