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Chairat Panthuraamphorn: How a CEO Can Inspire Best Teamwork

Chairat Panthuraamphorn, M.D., the Administrative Physician Winner of “The Best of CEO People Leader” Award Driving growth through the “happiness” of his employees Amid the increasingly unpredictable...
Pita Limjaroenrat, leader of the Move Forward Party, left, and Pitabutr Saengkanokkul, secretary general of the Progressive Movement, right, flash a smile while posing for a photo posted by Pitabutr on Feb. 22, 2023. Photo: Pitabutr Saengkanokkul / Facebook

Opinion: Move Forward Row Shows They Need To Handle Internal Criticisms Constructively

As the general election draws near, politicians are increasingly anxious. The Move Forward Party is no exception as became apparent by the latest row between party leader Pita Limjaroenrat and Pitabutr Saengkanokkul, secretary general of the Progressive Movement.
PM Prayut Chan-o-cha addresses the Parliament during a debate on Feb. 16, 2023.

Opinion: Shame or the Lack Thereof in Thai Politics

In a sane and democratic society, there is no way a former junta leader and his deputy could be running for the post of prime minister – not after they have committed treason by overthrowing an elected government.
Soldiers and cadets perform the traditional Wai Kru ceremony during a Muay Thai festival at Rajabhakti Park in Hua Hin on Feb. 6, 2023.

Opinion: Is It Kun Khmer or Muay Thai?

As I type these words, some Thai and Cambodian trolls are doing their mighty best to undermine the future cultural relations between the two countries. The rocky cultural relations between the two neighbors with so much cultural commonality is now more of hate than love relations.
Police escort fellow officers who are involved in the alleged extortion of Taiwanese actress Charlene An, while leaving the Metropolitan Police Bureau on Feb. 2, 2023.

Opinion: The Labyrinth That Is Corruption in Thailand

Police extortion is getting out of control, flouting the justice system like never before – or was it?
Protesters raises a three-finger salute during a rally supporting lese majeste detainees Tawan and Bam, who are on hunger strike, at Pathum Wan Intersection on Jan. 26, 2023.

Opinion: Time for Tawan and Bam to End Their Political Hunger Strike

It has been over ten days now since monarchy-reform activists Tawan and Bam have unilaterally revoked their lese majeste bail and began their hunger strike in prison. They are now at Thammasat Hospital. The two young activists issued three lofty demands: justice system reform, release of all political prisoners, and for all political parties to call for the abolition of both the lese majeste and sedition laws.
A woman offers incense sticks to a shrine in Yaowarat, Bangkok on Jan. 21, 2023.

Opinion: Thai-Chinese and Debt of Gratitude

Every Chinese New Year, I am reminded of a personal story of the paternal side of my ancestors and how it shaped my conscience and a deep sense of debt of gratitude towards Thailand.
Banners of Lisa (Lalisa Manobal) and other Blackpink members outside the National Stadium, where the girl group's concert is held on Jan. 7, 2023.

Opinion: What Do Lisa Blackpink, Elephant Pants, and Somtum Have in Common?

Observing all the adoration accorded by Thai fans to rapper, singer, and dancer Lisa Blackpink (Lalisa Manobal) as she and her three Korean girl group members entertain the huge crowd at the National Stadium in Bangkok last week, I could not help but wonder where this 25-year-old Thai singer’s musical career would be today without the decade of training, grooming, and promotion by her South Korean record label YG Entertainment company.
A file photo of tourists at the Grand Palace complex.

Opinion: Keep Calm and Let’s Cautiously Welcome Chinese Tourists Back

Short of physically blocking and shutting down all the major international airports in Thailand or overthrowing the government, there is nothing that will stop the influx of Chinese tourists back to Thailand starting today. Those who fear that Chinese tourist re-spread coronavirus will have no choice but to take better care of themselves, wear masks, get a booster shot, and avoid crowded tourist venues, hoping for the best for Thailand in the weeks and months ahead.
Decorative lights along Ratchadamnoen Avenue.

Opinion: What’s the News of the Year in 2022?

Every year end, many journalists cannot escape wondering what the news of the year is. This time of the year is upon us again. I am a non-believer in the concept of news of the year, or person of the year, for the following reasons, however.


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