Anti-corruption commissioner Vicha Mahakhun indicated on Tuesday that the National Anti-Corruption Commission (NACC) might take the impeachment case against former prime minister Yingluck Shinawatra to the Supreme Court's Criminal Division for Political Office Holders by itself — that is if the joint panel of the NACC and Office of the Attorney-General fails to reach a decision on the case by Nov 7.
In his Oct 17 article, “Thai military’s cradle of political power”, Thitinan Pongsudhirak makes sensible comments. Thanks to the Bangkok Post for running his remarks; I never miss his columns.
For the next 18 months or so, the centre of efforts to bring to Thailand a more beneficial political system will be the government installed by the military. But while the government may hold most of the face cards in the deck of Thailand's political options, critical wild cards are still held by the Democrat Party.
No matter how much travellers complain about the increase in numbers of Chinese tourists, who over recent years have flocked to popular holiday destinations across the globe, my vacation experience (OK, only a part of it) was actually enriched thanks to them.
It seems to be a law in the technology industry that leading companies eventually lose their positions — often quickly and brutally. Mobile-phone champion Nokia, one of Europe's biggest technology success stories, was no exception, losing its market share in the space of just a few years. Can the industry's new champions, Apple and Google — not to mention titans in other tech sectors — avoid Nokia's fate?
The idea of introducing an inheritance tax has been pondered by successive governments in Thailand. There are both supporters and opponents of the proposal. The supporters claim that if a person has used resources in a country to accumulate wealth, then they should pay tax to the government. The opponents claim that before anyone dies, he or she had already paid tax on such income or properties. They argue that income or properties should not be taxable as a result.
As the National Reform Council (NRC) has convened and will soon begin to plunge into the so-called "reform" process with all the nitty-gritty details, a few points must be considered.
I guess I am not the only Buddhist who has tremendous respect and admiration for Pope Francis.
The US-sponsored Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) treaty is still stalled, still contentious, still far behind every deadline set by President Barack Obama. That's the good news. In the face of failure after failure to reach agreement, this so-called "free trade" agreement still is being debated and bargained by 12 countries. They include several of our neighbours, and all are important trading partners. The government should take notice and even an active role in opposing the TPP in case, despite disagreements, it actually comes to pass.
Recent discussion of Thailand's big reform push has focused on issues of social stability. However, the economic fundamentals also need serious — if not more urgent — attention, given the economy's remarkably weak performance over the past seven years.
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