• Tue, 14 May 2019 01:00
    Ridiculous to believe in a benevolent sky-father
    Atheists often ask, if there is a God why is there so much injustice. The reason I call myself an agnostic is because I believe the definition of God is open to interpretation.
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  • Mon, 03 Dec 2018 01:00
    International agreements broken, nationalism stirred: is history repeating?
    Whenever I find myself reading one of the many letters concerning the relative merits of the incumbent US president, the words of that excellent Siegfried Sassoon World War I poem “ The General” inadvertently spring to mind:
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  • Tue, 23 Oct 2018 01:00
    Me, myself and my parents
    Young filmmaker Puangsoi "Rose" Aksornsawang scores a hit in Busan with her first feature "Nakorn-Sawan"
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  • Tue, 16 Oct 2018 06:44
    A red tide
    AT the risk of outing myself as a Zionist agent, I have to confess that one of my favourite words is ‘chutzpah’. It’s a Yiddish word — a language that was used by Jewish communities in central Europe.
  • Mon, 24 Sep 2018 01:00
    Thailand treats foreign residents like criminals on probation
    I have lived in Thailand for the past seven years, own my own condo here, and am 74 years old. I find going to Immigration every 90 days to report myself makes me feel like a criminal. They might as well put a bracelet around my ankle and track my movements. 
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  • Tue, 04 Sep 2018 01:00
    Thai soap operas: lives of the rich and fatuous
    This goes out to all Have You Sayers with Thai families. Do you, like me, find your evening perusal of The Nation distracted by “lakorn” soap operas blasting forth from the TV? Much as I try to resist these portrayals of the miserable lives of Bangkok’s hi-so, I find myself drawn like a moth to a flame. 
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  • Fri, 24 Aug 2018 01:00
    Encounters with Naipaul: The ‘VS’ I knew
    It was September 1995 when Nadira Naipaul (then still Nadira Alvi) phoned me to say her beau, VS Naipaul – who died this past August 11 – was in town and I should see him. I refused. Why, he was an abrasive, disagreeable old man who had destroyed journalist Nusrat Nusrullah in his book “Among the Believers”. I didn’t want the same done to myself.
  • Wed, 09 May 2018 01:00
    When in Rome, ignore its business
    The hypocrisy of David Graber turns my stomach. He complains that writers such as myself write about non-Thai issues in this Thai newspaper.
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  • Wed, 21 Mar 2018 01:00
    Duterte tells world court: I’m beyond accountability
    President Rodrigo Duterte’s decision to withdraw the Philippines from the Rome Statute of the International Criminal Court will not protect him; rather, it has only made him even more vulnerable to a potential criminal case. No amount of hiding behind the flag, or the ostentatious kissing of it, can mask the message his decision sends. He is saying: I do not consider myself accountable.
  • Wed, 03 Jan 2018 01:00
    A hunter-gatherer writes from the wintry fields of Olde England
    Many thanks to our agent provocateur-at-large, Mr Nigel Pike, for his comments regarding me as intrepid hunter-gatherer marauding around the fields of God’s county, organs cleaving the breeze, looking for beefy bovine beasts to butcher and bring back to the kitchen, jaws dripping with all sorts of ganglia and stuff. Good bit about Darwin, got a copy myself.
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  • Fri, 24 Nov 2017 01:00
    Picture these ‘weakling’ products of a meatless diet
    Alf Haupt challenges me to send in a shirtless picture of myself so readers can compare it with one sent by him. Anyone can retouch a picture or have it doctored to make someone look like a 200-pound muscleman. It’s meaningless. 
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  • Tue, 29 Aug 2017 01:00
    Trump has emboldened America’s growing army of Nazi-sympathisers
    Even American Jews, like myself, who grew up after the Nazis’ Holocaust, were affected by it. As a child I used to have nightmares that the Nazis were looking for me. And when I asked my father if the Nazis would ever take over America, he looked at me sadly and said: “I hope not.”
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  • Thu, 25 May 2017 01:00
    A suspicious proliferation of far-right views 
    Readers of The Nation’s letters page might be familiar with regular contributors, like myself, Eric Bahrt, Dr Frank, Vint Chavala and others. Some of the letters we send have, for example, completely demolished the half-baked far-right dissembling of JC Wilcox and shown it for what it is.
  • Wed, 26 Apr 2017 01:00
    I got disrupted and it changed my life 
    I JUST WENT BACK to university years after my first graduation, although it was only for one week, and what I learned disrupted how I look at myself, my business, and the world. 
  • Sun, 16 Apr 2017 01:00
    More road deaths occur every week other than the ‘7 Songkran days’ 
    The media always gush over road accidents and bloody corpses during Songkran; it spooks the hell out of me, making me barricade myself in the house during the holiday. Out of boredom, I did a little finding and found that Songkran is not that scary after all.
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