I don’t want to diminish Vint Chavala’s pleasure at the prime minister’s achievements at the United Nations (PostBag, Oct 4), but nevertheless need to point out that Thailand was actually proposed as next chairman of the G77 during Yingluck Shinawatra’s tenure as premier. But I suppose it was a relief the vote still went Thailand’s way, despite the country’s dubious distinction of being a military dictatorship.
This "Urban October" should have us all rethinking the future of Bangkok.
Do you know what the hullabaloo over the single internet gateway policy is reminding me of? It makes me think back to the disastrous blanket amnesty policy.
The single internet gateway fiasco has unmasked what the military regime envisages as the kind of society Thailand should be. A single path towards "happiness", a single roadmap to Thai-style democracy, a single mindset for "Thainess", governed by a single internet gateway to ensure only the "right" information is consumed by society.
Seven economists (including Joseph Stiglitz, Thomas Piketty, and me) have agreed to become economic advisers to Jeremy Corbyn, the new leader of the British Labour Party. I hope we will have a shared goal to help Labour shape an economic policy that is investment-led, inclusive and sustainable. We will bring different ideas to the table, but these are my thoughts on the kind of progressive agenda the United Kingdom -- and the rest of the world -- now needs.
The reason why the government has such a huge credibility problem over its plans to establish a one-gateway internet system is its refusal to come clean. From the moment the new internet plan became public, authorities have tried to spin the plan instead of portray it honestly. This is despite the fact that cabinet directives have made it clear it is a security proposal.
At a military facility outside of Bangkok, a drill sergeant barks orders at a group of film students learning the hard way that creative licence has its limits in Thailand.
Singapore is starting to look like Beijing or New Delhi. That's because you can't see it through the haze. Smog has disrupted outdoor events, forced schools to close and sent commuters running for their surgical masks.
Re: “Cebu, Singapore still cloaked in haze”, (BP, Oct 4).
It's quite amazing how dependent we are on technology. The other day, the internet was down at the office, making life quite miserable for those working on a deadline. My emails were not coming through, I couldn't download pictures, and I couldn't use Google to check facts. Only the spinning icon seemed to be working.
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