There seems to be no stopping Thai Buddhists' loss of faith in the country’s two top Buddhist institutions – the Sangha Supreme Council (SSC) and the National Office of Buddhism (NOB).
Unless you've been living under a rock -- or in a place with horrible 3G -- you'll have heard about the dentist who refused to repay a 30 million baht scholarship and is now living a supposedly hi-so life in the US. Her guarantors were forced to pay her debt. After the news became widespread, she made a promise to pay them back.
I fully back Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha when he says that analytical thinking is critical to Thailand's development and competitiveness.
When the military took power from the civilian government and seized control of the country in 2014, it made a lot of promises to bring about reconciliation and reform. After nearly two years, we have come to realise that the Prayut Chan-o-cha administration has achieved very little in fulfilling those promises.
The Cobra Gold joint military exercise this week and the inaugural Asean-US summit in southern California next week against the backdrop of the recently inked Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) free-trade area reflect the standings and priorities of Bangkok and Washington. Thailand's international engagements are increasingly on the back foot, unable to plough ahead and prone to expediency because of its political troubles at home. The US, on the hand, now has a coherent and mutually reinforcing geopolitical and geo-economic agenda for the Asia-Pacific but it may not be sustained because of impending leadership change.
It is a welcome sign that the military government has allowed proponents and opponents of the 270-section draft constitution to conduct campaigns in accordance with their beliefs ahead of the referendum tentatively set for the end of July.
If David Cameron leaves next week's European Union (EU) summit with a deal to overhaul the terms of Britain's membership, many of his counterparts will breathe a sigh of relief -- and dig out their own wishlists.
When China's leader, Xi Jinping, visited the United States' firm ally South Korea in 2014, it seemed to be the beginning of a promising courtship.
I'm 51. My health is decent. And while my mother died young, there's longevity elsewhere in the family tree.
Re: "State funds give CP All cold shoulder", (BP, Feb 9)
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