Round One is going to Marxism. There are two possibilities regarding the alleged Russian interference in US politics: Either the claim is true or it is false. Either way, people in the Kremlin must be rolling on the floor laughing right now. Wait. It’s Capitalism that is actually on the floor at the moment.
Twenty years after the financial collapse of the Thai economy following the government’s decision to float the baht due to lack of foreign currency to support its currency peg to the US, Museum Siam looks back at the past through the exhibition “Tom Yum Kung Studies: Lessons (Un)Learned” which continues until July 2.
“I have stopped, but you haven’t,” the Lord Buddha said to Angulimala, setting the stage for the ruthless killer’s redemption. Angulimala had exhausted himself “chasing” a sage who appeared to be standing still but was able somehow to keep his pursuer at arm’s length.
Many of us had been involved with bribery even before we were born. Our parents called them “gifts” to the doctors who delivered us, but in many cases those gifts were just bribes with their hair combed. After we die, the “name” changed again, this time to something like “merit money”, with the recipients being senior monks or temple staff who know the way around a tight funeral queue.
Thank you, Donald Trump, for making “conflict of interest” a popular political term once again. I confess I was losing faith in modern-day democracy, as it seemed anyone with a fat bank account and decent track record in business could take a nation’s helm unopposed.
This may go contrary to what many believe, but a delayed election could actually benefit Pheu Thai. Analysts, forecasters and advisers of Thailand’s biggest party must know this already, but it’s not politically correct to say so in public.
This is a period when love, compassion and forgiveness rule and little else matters. Which can be a bit strange since this season of giving is absolutely man-made, meaning that human beings’ best qualities prevail for a few days merely because they want them to. In other words, there is no divine hand guiding our goodness (albeit fleeting) to one another at the moment.
Thailand has been poised on a stepping stone this year. Around us have swirled strong currents that are international, domestic and a mix of both. Some signs are obvious while others have appeared in glimpses or flashes. It has been yet another year that shows this country is ready to grow, although the future remains uncertain.
If “All men are created equal” is where you come from, welcome to Thailand during these intriguing times. Welcome to the land where, over the past few weeks, one of the most prominent messages on billboards and TV can make you frown.
When I was a kid, December 5 was just a holiday with extra festive mood because it was close to the New Year. Adults would take us to “watch the lights” in the evening, as many places in the vicinity would be colourfully illuminated.
Writing isn’t the toughest job in the world, but writing for politicians must be up there somewhere. The US election campaign produced the biggest political upset in recent memory, but it also exposed the gruelling challenges facing speechwriters ordered daily to tell deadpan lies, or split hairs, or transform outrageous discrepancies into beautiful ideological dilemmas.