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EDITORIALThais must call halt to fighting
07 Dec 2013 : After a break on Wednesday to celebrate His Majesty the King's 86th birthday, anti-government demonstrators on Friday resumed their protests against the Yingluck Shinawatra government. It is difficult to predict how and when the protests will end, and the conflict settled.
07 Dec 2013 : While Suthep Thaugsuban's moral compass might be pointing true, I feel he has lost his way in a sea of rhetoric.
30 Nov 2013 : The recent physical attack on a German reporter by a group of anti-government protesters and the occupation of a few TV stations may have been understood as media harassment, characteristic of street protests that have become a signature of Thai politics in the past decade. Yet certain elements in these occurrences reflect something akin to hate speech or steps in that direction.
30 Nov 2013 : Finally, we've arrived at the point where Suthep Thaugsuban wants to be Jennifer Lawrence (I shudder). If not in looks and curves, then in the spirit of her character: the Girl on Fire who sparks hope and conquers fear and plays the unvanquishable Mohican and leads the people - the validly frustrated people - on a path of revolution against the evil president. Soon he'll be asking for a bow and arrows and order a special screening of The Hunger Games on the giant screen at his Ratchadamnoen fortress. Jesus Buddha Mohammed help us, our Man on Fire doesn't seem to realise what Dante and Jatuporn Prompan (another J-Law lookalike) did a few years back: Going to hell is easy, it's coming back alive that is the problem.
29 Nov 2013 : Thailand is at a political crossroads. The Yingluck Shinawatra government's easy victory after a two-day censure debate yesterday hammers home its critics' points over the danger of majority rule when good governance is lacking. Yet the political reform proposals from the anti-government movement do not sit well with a democratic system in an open society either.
29 Nov 2013 : Across much of the world, nuclear power continues to spawn controversy.
29 Nov 2013 : The BBC, an organisation I generally hold in the greatest respect and admiration, is, however, once again causing mischief and damage to our dear Thailand in reporting the political demonstrations in Bangkok inaccurately and with the usual dramatic twist so beloved of all journalists.
29 Nov 2013 : In view of its controversy and divisiveness for Thai society, the amnesty bill has duly fallen by the wayside.
29 Nov 2013 : Once again, it has been a terrible month for Thai politics. Tension is building up everywhere. After the conflict over a wide-ranging amnesty bill that would have eased former prime minister Thaksin Shinawatra's return to the country, even greater opposition mounted over the Constitution Court ruling on the charter amendment bill. One thing led to another. Now tens of thousands of protesters have gathered for massive anti- and pro-government rallies, the biggest we have seen in three years.
28 Nov 2013 : One evening, while sitting at the office pretending to work, a loud, angry voice was screaming hellfire and brimstone at the top of his lungs from the television.
28 Nov 2013 : If any people or any organisations are to blame for the country's current political mess and steady slide into anarchy, they must include the government, the Pheu Thai Party and, above all, self-exiled former prime minister Thaksin Shinawatra.
28 Nov 2013 : Tacloban in the Philippines has now joined the growing list of cities _ including New Orleans, Bangkok, Moscow, New York, Beijing, Rio de Janeiro, and Port-au-Prince, to name just a few _ pummeled in recent years by climate catastrophes. Many of the world's largest cities, built on coasts and rivers, face the threat of rising sea levels and intensifying storms. So the new global development agenda now taking shape should empower cities to help lead the way to sustainable development in the 21st century.