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EDITORIAL Megaprojects need scrutiny
13 Dec 2013 : When Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra dissolved the House of Representatives to defuse the political conflict and announced a general election for Feb 2, questions arose as to what would happen to the government's controversial megaproject plans.
13 Dec 2013 : When the benefits of economic growth are distributed unequally, social bonds fray. Those losing ground, especially the young, may well grow disaffected, then resentful. This was a key factor behind the Arab Spring revolts; and, as protests in Chile, Brazil, Israel, Turkey, and India have shown, social tensions stemming from inequality are mounting around the globe.
13 Dec 2013 : Re: ''Cheers to vote buying'' (PostBag, Dec 12). Eric, the issue with Obama and anyone else in the USA in dealing with vote buying is that it is done cleverly.
13 Dec 2013 : On Tuesday, a public holiday in honour of the constitution, former deputy prime minister Suthep Thaugsuban was at the helm of protests around the Democracy Monument and Government House opposing the constitution.
13 Dec 2013 : In its search to bridge the gap between a "people's coup" and the Western constitutional narrative of "a change in government only through the ballot box", the People's Democratic Reform Committee (PDRC) has emphasised the so-called Thaksin regime's arrogance of power, its illegitimacy, by highlighting two very recent events: The Lower House's passing of the amnesty bill at 4am on Nov 1, and the government's and Pheu Thai Party's rejection of the Constitution Court's ruling that parliament's amendment of the constitution was illegal _ a clear case of contempt.
12 Dec 2013 : The goals Suthep Thaugsuban aims for are clear, at least the ones he announces from the stage. The means to achieve those goals are muddier than Saen Saep canal at low tide.
12 Dec 2013 : The snap election scheduled for Feb 2 _ if it happens at all _ will usher in a new set of members of parliament, albeit with many old faces. It will also bring in a new government probably headed, again, by Yingluck Shinawatra. But it will not resolve the deeply entrenched political conflict which has practically divided the country into two main rival political groups, the pro-Thaksin Shinawatra and anti-Thaksin, and those in the middle.
12 Dec 2013 : In the wake of the 2007-2008 financial crisis, the world's central banks played a critical role in rescuing the global financial system. They stepped in when private markets froze, acting as lenders and dealers of last resort, and provided additional liquidity to grease the wheels of finance.
12 Dec 2013 : A people's council is not a good idea. Who appoints them? To continue with the existing government also does not sound like a good idea. They lied and bullied and will continue to do so.
12 Dec 2013 : It remains unclear how the political crisis will eventually pan out.
12 Dec 2013 : 'What's next?" appears to be a major question for those following our political situation. Suthep Thaugsuban, affectionately called kamnan by some, has made advances in his political battle against the Yingluck Shinawatra government _ a move dubbed by Mr Suthep and later some academics as the "people's revolution" _ which so far still remains a relatively bloodless one.
12 Dec 2013 : 'I came from election."