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EDITORIAL New charter might work
10 Dec 2013 : Today is the 81st Constitution Day, marking the end of the absolute monarchy. The 1932 revolution changed the face and very nature of Thailand, a turning point in the country's history.
10 Dec 2013 : Are we setting ourselves up for a rigged election? Now that parliament's been dissolved, if I were Yingluck Shinawatra, I'd vigorously seek to ensure a free and fair election, secure in the belief that I'd win again. (Chula Prof Emeritus Pasuk Phongpaichit and Chris Baker, in their article on Dec 6, concluded that although there has been vote buying, ''the [voting] pattern is not what you would expect if vote buying was determining the result''.)
10 Dec 2013 : Despite their different strategies and goals for the southern peace process, members of Muslim separatist movements who have engaged in southern peace talks with the government over the past 10 months share the same sentiment on the political crisis in Bangkok. They all fear that the peace process may be doomed.
10 Dec 2013 : Triggering Section 7 of the constitution may be a possible option to address the current political crisis, but it will be as good as Thailand admitting to the world that we are a failed state.
10 Dec 2013 : Whenever a Thai political party gains a dominant position in parliament, voices mutter about "parliamentary dictatorship".
10 Dec 2013 : Allow me to venture a thought we might have overlooked during the weeks-long fight between Suthep-led anti-Thaksin protests and Yingluck Shinawatra's government _ Thais are fighting over something that may become beautiful.
09 Dec 2013 : It is almost a certainty that the end-of-year title of "most unlikely revolutionary" will go to ex-politician, ex-minister, ex-influential figure Suthep Thaugsuban. Mr Suthep's appearances on the various stages of dissenting groups in the past two months have been riveting. But more to the point, they always exposed the faults, problems and lack of ethics of a badly flawed government. Today, he has promised, his campaign will end.
09 Dec 2013 : From Thailand to Turkey to the Ukraine, the relationship between ruling majorities and electoral minorities has become combustible _ and is threatening to erode the legitimacy of democracy itself.
09 Dec 2013 : Mr Somsak Pola in his letter, ''Just the facts, please'' on Dec 7, suggests the foreign press prove there is no vote-buying in Thailand and furthermore suggests that this government did not indulge in either vote buying or any other shenanigans.
09 Dec 2013 : Two days before the People's Democratic Reform Committee's battle royale against the Thaksin regime today, a message was posted on the Thaksin Fan Facebook page, supposedly by the exiled former prime minister himself.
09 Dec 2013 : At a time when we are all looking for change in our political system as a way out of a deadlock, "how" has emerged as a big question for us to ponder.
09 Dec 2013 : Nelson Mandela was a man greatly admired throughout the world, and in death his message lives on. This fragile, softly spoken, human rights colossus went to war against the mighty apartheid regime and won. His allies were freedom and justice. His weapons were his convictions and his indomitable spirit. In the end, numerous leaders of the free world flocked to join his cause. A believer in liberty and equal rights for all, regardless of colour or creed; a belief he was willing to die for.