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The trade-off: Freedom and authority

The trade-off: Freedom and authority

Freedom is a funny thing. In excess, it leads to complacency and devaluation. In scarcity, it brings about urgency and desperation. Put this way, nowhere is freedom more taxed and toyed with than in the United States of America, a country that has so much going for it and yet is so conflicted within.

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Migrant workers and Covid limbo

Among the most vulnerable groups affected by the Covid-19 pandemic, Asean's migrant workers find themselves living in limbo.

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A case of deluge deja vu

A case of deluge deja vu

The current flooding in the Central provinces brings back bad memories of the epic flood in 2011. In that annus horribilis, the central region was under water for months.

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A case of deluge deja vu

The current flooding in the Central provinces brings back bad memories of the epic flood in 2011. In that annus horribilis, the central region was under water for months.

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A case of deluge deja vu
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The trade-off: Freedom and authority

Freedom is a funny thing. In excess, it leads to complacency and devaluation. In scarcity, it brings about urgency and desperation. Put this way, nowhere is freedom more taxed and toyed with than in the United States of America, a country that has so much going for it and yet is so conflicted within.

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The trade-off: Freedom and authority
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The forsaken women of Afghanistan

Owing to the pandemic and other calamities, many referred to 2020 as a "biblical year". Now, however, it is starting to look like we are in a "biblical decade". Between the floods in Western Europe, the wildfires in Greece and Turkey, and the Delta and Mu variants of Covid-19, our planet and traditional way of life are coming increasingly under pressure.

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Migrant workers and Covid limbo

Among the most vulnerable groups affected by the Covid-19 pandemic, Asean's migrant workers find themselves living in limbo.

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Stop Indoctrinating Kids With Backward Ways of Thinking

Tests for Thai students that unintentionally expose a backward way of thinking are nothing new. You can laugh them off as pathetic, embarrassing and archaic aspects of the Thai education system but, IMHO, they should be taken more seriously. They should not be part of the Thai education system whatsoever, especially in 2021.

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16 Sep 2021

FAO ready to act on food systems

The Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) of the United Nations has entered a new era with a new structure and new dynamics.

16 Sep 2021
16 Sep 2021

Tambon polls hold promise

After a long wait, voters are set to be able to exercise their political rights, this time at the tambon level, the smallest but a crucial unit for politics.

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Tambon polls hold promise
16 Sep 2021

Get past the Thai-China trade deficit

This is not a China bashing article. The idea for today's article started when the Minister of Foreign Affairs and Speaker of the House cautioned Thais, the press, and members of parliament against criticising Chinese Covid-19 vaccines as it might upset the Thai-China relationship.

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Get past the Thai-China trade deficit
16 Sep 2021

Grappling with human trafficking, forced labour

Thailand's apparent failure to deal with the issue of human trafficking over recent months has resulted in a downgrade of its performance in the 2021 Trafficking in Persons (TIP) annual report, issued by the US in July.

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Grappling with human trafficking, forced labour
15 Sep 2021

Open financial data's promise

From Australia and Brazil to Nigeria and the United States, countries are putting in place new guidelines and regulations governing the digital sharing of financial data. The aim is to spur the creation of digital-data ecosystems that smooth and speed interactions between financial institutions and their individual and corporate customers. But successful adoption of open financial data could also provide a broader boost to global GDP.

15 Sep 2021