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Gaza carnage - the 'living cartoon of the war in the Middle...
July 24, 2014 1:00 am

Gaza carnage - the 'living cartoon of the war in the Middle...

As the atrocities in Gaza continue and hundreds of innocent people perished senselessly, the world, especially the West, continues to perform its self-gratifying and preposterous umpiring "duty". It calls for the Palestinians to respect...

The New Development Bank: Be careful what you wish for
July 17, 2014 1:00 am

The New Development Bank: Be careful what you wish for

The agreement that was just signed at the BRICS (Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa) Summit in Fortaleza, Brazil, on Tuesday, to formally establish a new international financial institution - The New Development Bank - has caught the...

Not too late to save our ailing body politic
July 3, 2014 1:00 am

Not too late to save our ailing body politic

The release of Veera Somkwamkid from a Cambodian jail on Tuesday highlighted the abysmal disorder of the Thai "body politic". British political thinker Thomas Hobbes (1588-1679) defined the body politic as a geographic area with a...

Get off your high horse, America, we do not need a ride
June 26, 2014 1:00 am

Get off your high horse, America, we do not need a ride

The Thais collectively have made a mess of their political system." The patronising words, with a typically blinkered anti-coup undertone, come from an American academician. Like him, his government has since May 22 been preaching down to...

That gold-coloured handbag in the box still had stuffing in it
June 19, 2014 1:00 am

That gold-coloured handbag in the box still had stuffing in it

She had all the trappings of wealth and more. Nonetheless, over the last 20 years of her life, she lived in an unadorned room of a hospital in New York without being ill. It is where she passed unceremoniously in 2011 at the age of 104. She was...

Control-Alt-Delete: The bamboozling nature of the three-finger salute
June 5, 2014 1:00 am

Control-Alt-Delete: The bamboozling nature of the three-finger salute

The gesture has become a symbol of defiance, as the cat-and mouse game between a small group of anti-coup protesters (the eager mice) and the military and police (the reluctant cat) moves around town.

Reconciliation must be at the top of  national agenda
May 29, 2014 1:00 am

Reconciliation must be at the top of national agenda

Thailand has been through the most divisive time in her modern history. Politically and economically, the country has been a train wreck. Anger, hatred and distrust between people, as well as radicalised politics, have ruled the day.

To the world: Please don't become part of Thailand's...
May 23, 2014 1:00 am

To the world: Please don't become part of Thailand's...

On Wednesday morning - the day after the Army Chief declared the martial law - Thailand was bombarded with criticism and warnings from overseas. The UN Secretary General, the US State Department, the European Union, etc, all decided to assume the...

We are degenerating just like Venice did in the 18th century
May 1, 2014 6:32 am

We are degenerating just like Venice did in the 18th century

There are several reasons why it was refreshing to hear former prime minister Abhisit Vejjajiva explain why he is stepping in to help find an "amicable" and mutually acceptable resolution, as our messy and nasty political conflict...

Madam Prime Minister, please just quit
April 24, 2014 1:00 am

Madam Prime Minister, please just quit

You said two days ago that you were prepared to leave office should that be the wish of the "people". We do not know who the "people" you have in mind are, but millions of us who could legitimately be counted as...