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Saturday, February 22, 2020

Opinion: How Coronavirus Lays Bare Gov’t Inefficiency, China-Bashing

While Thai health professionals have won worldwide praise for their success in treating coronavirus patients, our politicians may need a serious lesson in managing national crisis.

Editorial: Coronavirus is No Excuse for Xenophobia

Mistreatment of Chinese people is being openly advocated under the guise of the coronavirus. We should all learn from history that exploiting public panic for racial discrimination is a dangerous path.

Opinion: Why Did Statues of a Former PM Have to Go?

Although I am not a fan of former Prime Minister and autocrat Field Marshal Pibulsongkram, the removal of two bronze statues of him is something all Thais should be worried about.

Editorial: Our Border Policies Must Not be Based on Fearmongering

Any decision on Chinese visas should be driven by expert consultation – not internet paranoia.

Opinion: A Case of Political Purification at a Hospital

As political tension flares up anew following pro- and anti-government rallies last weekend, some took additional steps to ensure their ideological purity.

Opinion: Does China Aim for an Unstable, Weak Myanmar?

Xi’s visit poses both opportunities and risks. Myanmar will have to mitigate the risks and challenges while making sure to take advantage of every opportunity—in other words, we must be pragmatic, and we must be careful.

Opinion: Thailand’s Endangered Political History

It should be clear by now that there is a deliberate and concerted effort to delete parts of Thai political history.

Opinion: Banning Single-Use Plastic Bags Just the Tip of a Trash Iceberg

While some complain about the sudden inconveniences caused by the policy, in the long run, Thailand will have to face the fact that she is one of the world’s major plastic polluters in the sea.

Opinion: When Society Curbs Its Own Freedom of Expression

In Thailand, limits on freedom of expression are not only imposed by various laws on the book, but also by members of society themselves. Two recent incidents in demonstrated my point.

Opinion: Is Thailand’s Future Going Backward?

This question came to my mind after I witnessed Future Forward Party leaders mustering an anti-government “flash mob” large enough to unsettle naysayers who were confident that massive protests have been relegated to the past for good.

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