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  • A step in the right direction

    After almost five years under military rule, the electorate will tomorrow cast their votes in the first general election in eight years. It won't be a vote that will transform the country into genuine civilian-led democratic rule, but the start of a process that can help pave the way for the rebuilding of a true democracy.

    23 Mar 2019 at 04:00

    Come clean on assets

    The plan by Future Forward Party leader Thanathorn Juangroongruangkit to voluntarily transfer his assets to a so-called "blind trust" prior to becoming an MP is a welcome move, even though it is no magic bullet to avoid potential conflicts of interest.

    21 Mar 2019 at 04:00

    No excuse for Mideast abuse

    The United Nations took a regrettable step on women's rights last week. The Geneva-based UN Human Rights Council (UNHRC) picked the Tehran government to sit on its women's rights committee. While there are several countries that truly should not be on this committee, Iran is near or at the top. In the same week that the UNHRC felt Iran should represent women's and children's rights, the UN Special Rapporteur on Iran said that the country was in the midst of a crackdown that, in particular, sentences children to death.

    19 Mar 2019 at 04:20

  • Students help to cut plastics

    Last Friday was something of a truancy day for students in 100 countries. A movement that started in Sweden with schoolgirl Greta Thunberg convinced thousands to abandon classrooms -- often with teachers' support -- and protest against their government's climate change programmes. Only a few schools chose to put a positive programme above outrage -- one of which was located in Bangkok.

    22 Mar 2019 at 04:00

    Justice in wildlife saga

    More than a year after construction tycoon Premchai Karnasuta was arrested at a camping site inside Thungyai Naresuan wildlife sanctuary with a firearm and the carcasses of rare endangered animals including a pheasant and black leopard, justice has been served -- partially.

    20 Mar 2019 at 04:40

    Tackling the 'lone wolves'

    The worst massacre of innocents in eight years occurred in peaceful Christchurch on Friday. In a 36-minute orgy in two separate mosques, 50 people were shot dead. A definitely demented but functioning man created an unwatchable Facebook video as he killed from close range. Heroes emerged from the mosque mats and in police ranks, but the worst of the killer's work was done.

    18 Mar 2019 at 04:20

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