Thaksin Shinawatra has no qualms about stating the obvious, but one part of his latest interview may have taken the cake. “I can't spell 'lose,'” he told a Thai-language newspaper. Although that came in the don't-push-me context, it still sounded extraordinary given all the amnesty and reconciliation noises emanating from the Pheu Thai camp. Thank you, Thaksin, but we all already knew it's a war.
The right to freedom of religion and the practice of faith must not be compromised.
In early August, The Nation interviewed key members of the Pheu Thai and coalition parties involved in pushing an amnesty bill when its first reading was put on the House agenda as an urgent issue.
It is the positive common ground in our respective faiths that we should be celebrating.
2013/10/29, 4 Comments
Antics of speakers at a recent conference tell more about themselves than the subject itself.
Watchers of Jakarta Governor Joko “Jokowi” Widodo, including his potential rivals in the 2014 presidential election, must be wondering and perhaps are even worried by his latest move this week: the banning of masked monkey dances in the streets.
Forget about currency wars. The dollar may go up, the yen go down and RMB could be the next big currency. But what determines the value of the currency will be the quality of human talent. Money is man-made and the real value is not gold, not GDP, but sheer human power.
When Prime Minister Najib Razak, wearing his finance minister's hat, presents the 2014 budget today, the big question is whether he will lead Malaysia to finally bite the bullet to strengthen the economy.
If you believe that all politics is local, you will have to apply that to economics as well. Bank of Thailand Governor Prasarn Trairatvorakul spoke at a Harvard gathering recently about why what happens in “emerging markets” matters. His main take: ultimately, growth depends on what happens at home.
Guiding North Korean defectors to a secure and stable life here may be a key touchstone of Seoul's capability to smoothly integrate the two disparate societies in the event of national reunification. Defectors who have successfully settled in the South would be able to play a bridging role to facilitate the integration process.