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Bangkok under the boot

  • When queried five months ago about the likelihood of a military coup, Thailand’s army chief opted for ambiguity. “That door is neither open nor closed,” he declared. “It will be determined by the situation.”More recently, Gen. Prayuth Chan-ocha, who was due to retire in September, was less...

It’s not too late to stem the Ebola tide

  • Margaret Chan, the head of the World Health Organization (WHO), issued an unusually stark warning this week, declaring: “I have never seen a health event threaten the very survival of societies and governments in already very poor countries.“I have never seen an infectious disease contribute so...

Two old men against the grain

  • What are the chances a couple of grey-haired men could spearhead political change on both sides of the Atlantic?It would be unwisely optimistic to exaggerate the prospects in either instance. Yet the very fact that the question can coherently be raised is in itself something of a novelty.After...