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Law's sanctity must be respected if we are to avoid Blood Moon...
April 17, 2014 1:00 am

Law's sanctity must be respected if we are to avoid Blood Moon...

The reprieve afforded by Songkran came and went much too fast. Now we return to our evermore-acute anxiety over the country's political and economic state of affairs. Without a fully functioning government for more than four months, Thailand...

Perfect candidate for interim neutral prime minister is CR
April 10, 2014 1:00 am

Perfect candidate for interim neutral prime minister is CR

The political scene in Thailand couldn't get any messier. So far the Armageddon remains home-grown, but every effort is being made to drag in superpowers such as the US - ever-ready to aid a "democracy" no matter how fake - and the...

Staring into the eye of savagery
March 27, 2014 1:00 am

Staring into the eye of savagery

Some anthropologists believe that there was a time when all human beings were savages. Then, as human history progresses, some reach the culturally elevated of "barbarians".

Thailand is swerving towards the edge of a moral, political precipice
March 20, 2014 1:00 am

Thailand is swerving towards the edge of a moral, political precipice

On Tuesday morning, bombs were lobbed at the Tonson Tower. Fortunately, they were duds. Why this building and why now?

To Christiane Amanpour, welcome to Yingluck's Potemkin Village
March 13, 2014 1:00 am

To Christiane Amanpour, welcome to Yingluck's Potemkin Village

Maybe it was prolific American singer-songwriter Taylor Swift's curse - "there's a special place in hell for women who don't help other women" - that made CNN's Christiane Amanpour decide to interview caretaker Prime...

In Thailand, democracy is just a fig leaf for kleptocracy
March 6, 2014 1:00 am

In Thailand, democracy is just a fig leaf for kleptocracy

The root of the term kleptocracy is the Greek word kleptes, meaning thief. Kleptocracy is a form of government in which officials - the ruling class and the real "elites" - use their office to increase their personal wealth and political...

Is escalating violence against protesters a tactical move by govt?
February 27, 2014 1:00 am

Is escalating violence against protesters a tactical move by govt?

The caretaker government has been losing ground, not to mention legitimacy. With one miscalculated move after another, it has become failed government dragging Thailand into a failed-state condition.

No chance now for a graceful exit by our caretaker premier
February 20, 2014 1:00 am

No chance now for a graceful exit by our caretaker premier

Many believe it has taken too long for the National Anti-Corruption Commission (NACC) to reach its decision to formally charge the prime minister over the wholesale fraud in the rice-pledging programme carried out on her watch. But it's better...

Crime and punishment: they apply to govt as much as to individuals
February 13, 2014 1:00 am

Crime and punishment: they apply to govt as much as to individuals

Left in its natural state, human life is "solitary, poor, nasty, brutish, and short", claimed English political thinker Thomas Hobbes (1588-1679). Philosophers before and after theorised about the social contract to explain how...

It's time our farmers got our collective attention and help
February 6, 2014 1:46 pm

It's time our farmers got our collective attention and help

From cradle to grave, we Thais eat rice - and from morning 'til night. The old Thai greeting is not "How are you?", but "Have you eaten yet?"