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Old formula, same results?

After a continuous slowdown over the past five years, Thai economic growth is expected to reach a new low this year. Given the grim outlook, economists and observers are wondering why the government insists on clinging to the same old "stimulus" formula, which has done little to improve the economy in the long term or lift it out of the doldrums. Some have even called it a formula for failure.

Greenland's big gamble on Chinese mining

From his purchase of New Jersey casinos to his proposed acquisition of Greenland, Donald Trump's real estate deals have always been plagued by bad timing. The United States could probably have bought Greenland from Denmark in 1917, but he's a century too late now.

Military 'efficiency' will torpedo EEC

Since being initiated by technocrats and the previous government in 2015, the government's flagship Eastern Economic Corridor (EEC) has been touted as a new special economic zone that will transform Thailand into a high-tech economy.

Bring peace to Rakhine

This week in 2017, a horrified world witnessed the beginning of brutal raids on Rohingya Muslims in Myanmar's Rakhine state by Myanmar military and security personnel, which prompted members of the minority group to flee their villages en masse. They crossed the border into Bangladesh before ending up at refugee camps in the southeastern border district of Cox's Bazar.

Rohingya children are still waiting for justice

Thirteen-year-old Fatima (not her real name) is aware of the importance of school. She fled violence in Myanmar two years ago with nothing. She now lives in the world's biggest refugee camp with her parents, two sisters and grandfather. She has faced difficulties most children her age never will. She wants to be a teacher, but not just any teacher. She wants to teach girls because when girls are...

Time for Japan and S Korea to end spat

Japan and South Korea must stop their tit-for-tat measures before their worsening relations reach the point of no return. The ongoing spat between Asian's two economic giants has sent chills down the spines of regional leaders, who are very concerned that it could spiral out of control and break down the longstanding spirit of East Asian community-building. If that happens, the post-war stability...

Mother's Day should be a private affair

Mother's Day celebrations may have come and gone, but the issue of whether or not schools should abandon a ceremony intended to honour the students' mothers will come around again next year.

Marium's death a timely warning

Many people may not care about the tragic death of Marium, an eight-month-old orphaned baby dugong. Marium died on Saturday from an infection exacerbated by bits of plastic lining her stomach. She was found beached in Krabi province in April, rescued and then treated by veterinarians of the Department of Marine and Coastal Resources with the hope that, one day, when she was strong enough, she...

NACC makes bolder calls

Despite being an independent public agency, the National Anti-Corruption Commission (NACC) has been questioned over its political impartiality many times over the past five years. While it has proceeded with cases against politicians from the ousted Pheu Thai government with speed, it has either dropped or handled at a snail's pace cases involving the former military regime and its allies.

Feet of clay

Late last month, many Buddhist followers in Thailand were delighted with the news that four phra farang, or Western monks, were granted samanasak or honorary ecclesiastical titles by HM the King.