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Cages are not for tigers

Cages are not for tigers

The Department of National Parks, Wildlife and Plant Protection (DNP) deserves lavish praise for its actions taken against the illegal tiger trade. On Nov 30, DNP officials impounded five tiger cubs from Suan Sua Mukda in Mukdahan. The young tigers are believed to have been smuggled in as DNA tests showed that they are not related to any in captivity.

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PM is in denial

PM is in denial

The Constitutional Court has cleared Prime Minister General Prayut of any wrongdoing for continuing to occupy an army house, which should come as no surprise!

5 Dec 2020 56
A verdict of controversy

A verdict of controversy

With Wednesday's ruling by the Constitutional Court, Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha is not only innocent of occupying an army welfare house inside the 1st Infantry Regiment, King's Guard, but he can also lawfully stay on where he and his family have lived since he served as army chief until he retired in 2014.

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Cages are not for tigers

The Department of National Parks, Wildlife and Plant Protection (DNP) deserves lavish praise for its actions taken against the illegal tiger trade. On Nov 30, DNP officials impounded five tiger cubs from Suan Sua Mukda in Mukdahan. The young tigers are believed to have been smuggled in as DNA tests showed that they are not related to any in captivity.

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Cages are not for tigers
4 Dec 2020

A verdict of controversy

With Wednesday's ruling by the Constitutional Court, Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha is not only innocent of occupying an army welfare house inside the 1st Infantry Regiment, King's Guard, but he can also lawfully stay on where he and his family have lived since he served as army chief until he retired in 2014.

4 Dec 2020 45
A verdict of controversy
4 Dec 2020

Is this the end for reckless populism?

There is nothing wrong to participate in a sex party of any kind," said a source in the European Parliament. "However, such kinds of meetings with many people are illegal under the coronavirus laws."

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4 Dec 2020

Ruling adds to popular grievances

Anyone who has wondered or insinuated that the student-led protest movement for Thailand's fundamental reforms must somehow be sponsored by some foreign government or politically motivated agents at home need look no further than the Constitutional Court's unanimous decision to clear Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha of violating the 2017 charter by staying in army housing after retirement. In a 9-to-0 verdict, the nine-member bench sided with an army regulation over charter stipulations. The controversial verdict will exacerbate Thailand's political polarisation and add to popular grievances that are backing the student-led reform drive.

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Ruling adds to popular grievances
4 Dec 2020

Pandemic underscores need for 'people's vaccine'

Recent announcements of demonstrated efficacy in Covid-19 vaccine trials have brought hope that a return to normality is in sight. The preliminary data for Pfizer/BioNTech and Moderna's novel mRNA vaccines are highly encouraging, suggesting that their approval for emergency use is forthcoming. And more recent news of effectiveness (albeit at a slightly lower rate) in a vaccine from AstraZeneca and the University of Oxford has fuelled optimism that even more breakthroughs are on their way.

4 Dec 2020
4 Dec 2020

WOTY: Guru's Style

We have less than a month before 2020 comes to an end (this year has flown so fast). And one of the year-end traditions by famous dictionaries is to announce Word(s) of the Year, the most important and prevailing words or expressions of a specific year's zeitgeist. Called "Wort des Jahres", this German tradition began in 1971.

4 Dec 2020
WOTY: Guru's Style
3 Dec 2020

Stop Aids tests in workplace

Thailand has joined global campaigners in marking World Aids Day this week with encouraging news: new cases are on a steady decline.

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Stop Aids tests in workplace
3 Dec 2020

Not looking like Xmas this year, or next

Everybody has high hopes for the year 2021. Stock markets seem to think so. The Dow Jones Industrial average started the year at around the 29,000 mark and dropped by one-third to 20,000 when Covid-19 became a global threat in late March. Today, despite the second, third, and fourth rounds of outbreaks around the globe, Dow Jones is approaching the 30,000 mark.

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Not looking like Xmas this year, or next
3 Dec 2020

How Covid-19 disrupted the EU's integration

The second wave of Covid-19 infections has struck Europe harder than many expected. The hope of a V-shaped recovery has been replaced by the fear of a double-dip recession, implying that there will be no quick return to normal European Union budget rules. More worryingly, Europe now finds itself forced into a tradeoff between two objectives, both of which are critical to its long-term viability as a supranational political and economic bloc. Now more than ever, the EU's commitment to the rule of law appears to be on the chopping block.

3 Dec 2020
How Covid-19 disrupted the EU's integration
2 Dec 2020

Uniform fuss can't be tackled uniformly

With some phu yai rattled by the campaign for students to wear casual attire launched on Tuesday by the "Bad Students" group, I am glad that we've come to the point where school uniforms may be disposed of. This could be the first time we've had a real discussion about them.

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Uniform fuss can't be tackled uniformly