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19 Dec 2013 : Through the eight years of the Thai political divide, people have expressed self-righteous and narrow-minded attitudes, ignorance and intolerance with impunity.
EDITORIAL Justice system is a bad joke
19 Dec 2013 : Had the alleged serial rapist-killer Nui been locked up in jail longer than the three years and eight months he served in Khon Kaen for the attempted rape and murder of a seven-year-old girl back in 2005, four out of the eight innocent children he admitted to have sexually attacked this year would have been still alive with their families.
08 Dec 2013 : Everyone is familiar with certain tourist magnets _ including some areas of Pattaya, Phuket, Koh Samui and even Koh Chang _ which are plagued by zones of unregulated development that blot out their natural wonderWhen asked what makes them want to come to Thailand, many tourists will mention the nightlife and shopping, especially in Bangkok. But along with the famously good-natured natives, by far the biggest drawing card for the country is its natural beauty, particularly in coastal areas. This is both a blessing and a curse. The millions of foreigners flocking to the seemingly endless stretches of gorgeous coastline and forested islands with white-sand beaches bring a huge amount of money into the country and directly create many thousands of jobs. However, many of these jobs are low-paying and a big chunk of the profits are leaving the country. According to a 2007 report prepared by the Environmental Research Institute of Chulalongkorn University and the Bumi Kita Foundation titled ''Sustainable Tourism Management in Thailand'', 80% of the profits are made by foreign tour-operators, hotel owners and suppliers of imported goods for tourists.
08 Dec 2013 : For the past 50 years, Thailand has been tinkering with constitutions and electoral systems in an attempt to produce good governments. Each attempt has failed, but once again another round of charter re-engineering is being proposed.
08 Dec 2013 : It was pleasing to see recent Bangkok Post letters praising that most noble of institutions, HP Sauce. One reader even called it "the best condiment ever produced", although one suspects the French might have something to say about that. Perhaps more realistically, the Daily Mail calls it "a sticky brown liquid".
08 Dec 2013 : It has been a long and winding road for Thai democracy. The ongoing anti-government demonstration, spearheaded by member of parliament-turned-mob leader Suthep Thaugsuban, has exposed a serious problem facing the nation: the crisis of electoral politics. Starting off with rallying against the controversial amnesty bill, the demonstrators have now switched to the issue of corruption and tyranny of majority. They ride on the discourse of the ''Thaksin regime'' as a kind of immoral and devilish pattern of politics and advocate the overthrow of the elected government of Yingluck Shinawatra.
08 Dec 2013 : Democracy is the greatest trick the elites ever played on the masses.
07 Dec 2013 : When the government of Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra threw open the doors of government buildings to protesters in Bangkok on Tuesday, Thais of all colours and indeed the world were astounded.
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.
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.
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.