United States Senator Bob Corker, a Republican representing the state of Tennessee, is the ranking member of the US Senate Foreign Relations Committee. Here he discusses with the Bangkok Post the US policy response towards Thailand following the May coup.
I agree with national taekwondo coach Choi Young-Seok when he says that “Discipline is more important than the result”. I note, though, that discipline on the international sporting stage is almost always, if not always, enforced through non-violent means. For example, in the recent World Cup, Fifa disciplined a serial biter not by caning him, but by suspension for a set period. In justice systems around the world, violent means of enforcing discipline are not only rare but are decided upon and administered only after careful deliberation, for example, caning in Malaysia — to minimise the role of emotions and emphasise the deterrent value. Should we not follow international norms?
Like a sinner praying for salvation, I pray that the Ministry of Education will launch the "good deeds passports" project before the next full moon. Kids, parents and disciplinarians are dying to wave it around like a diploma of sanity, or an amulet against ghosts and anarchism. The Education Ministry is so educated that it has tapped into the zeitgeist: moral bookkeeping, and control of the happiness barometer (check out the military carnival at Sanam Luang), will guarantee the bright future of democratic Thailand.
The Ministry of Education has quickly toned down its “good deeds passport” proposal after it was severely criticised by both youngsters and educators alike.
During the past week, the media has been hit by a double whammy that virtually turned its world upside down.
OMG, guys, help! I haven’t been able to eat, sleep or concentrate for the past few months because of all the drama surrounding this year’s Miss Universe Thailand pageant.
Where can you get married in Hong Kong?
For seven years, I flew back and forth between the US and Bangkok twice a year, always with at least a three-hour transit at Tokyo Narita Airport. If I was lucky and sat on the right side of the plane, I got to watch the sun rise above the sea of clouds from the plane window. My skin would always itch from the dry air and my lips would chap. I often found myself sitting next to a Japanese businessman who drank Asahi after Asahi. I once cried so hard watching Up, I had to explain to the concerned passenger next to me that I was OK — I was just watching a very sad cartoon.
Many years from now when we look back at the fate of democracy and regionalism in Southeast Asia, the election victory of Indonesia’s President-elect Joko “Jokowi” Widodo is likely to be seen as pivotal.
Re: “One step closer to global disaster” (Opinion, July 23).
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