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The saffron-robed protest: a day which will live in infamy
February 18, 2016 1:00 am

The saffron-robed protest: a day which will live in infamy

In Thailand until recently, monks have been the most revered social group. More than 90 per cent of Thais are Buddhist, and temples, now more than 20,000 in number, have traditionally been the centre of their life, the ultimate source of their...

The senselessness of American policy towards Thailand
February 11, 2016 1:00 am

The senselessness of American policy towards Thailand

The push for an election in Thailand is front and centre of United States policy towards its oldest ally in Asia. On the one hand, it is understandable why the US is preaching to its friend, a loyal one until now -- though perhaps not for much...

The home stretch; the longest lap
January 14, 2016 1:00 am

The home stretch; the longest lap

My mother looks like a fighter-jet pilot. Her head is under an oxygen mask and helmet, equipped with goggles and nozzle. Her breathing is shallow, hard and irregular, her every exhalation plainly audible. Unable to speak, at times she raises her...

Why do we love our King? Let us count the ways
December 3, 2015 1:00 am

Why do we love our King? Let us count the ways

With all the rage over Section 112 both at home and abroad, the majority of Thais continue to hold His Majesty closest to their hearts. They recognise the depth of his sacrifice for his country and people, even when it is tantamount to placing gold...

For some academics, it's all about pushing the envelope
November 26, 2015 1:00 am

For some academics, it's all about pushing the envelope

A group of 323 academics has submitted a petition to the government demanding that it grant freedom of expression in universities and cease harassing those who choose to exercise such freedoms.

Piecemeal World War Three: This is as real as it gets
November 19, 2015 1:00 am

Piecemeal World War Three: This is as real as it gets

Last year in September, Pope Francis warned against what he called a "piecemeal" World War III, one that was fought with crimes, massacres and destruction. The warning came as he prayed at the burial place of 100,000 Italian soldiers,...

A country where everyone is corrupt, even grandmothers
November 12, 2015 1:00 am

A country where everyone is corrupt, even grandmothers

That's not a description of Thailand - not yet anyway. It was applied by a Kenyan to his own country, an East African state roughly the size of Thailand and known for its coffee and safaris. It is also the home country of US President Barack...

Is the wheel of Ayudhaya turning full circle on us?
October 9, 2015 1:00 am

Is the wheel of Ayudhaya turning full circle on us?

Twice in its 416-year history (AD1351-1767), the kingdom of Ayutthaya became a vassal state of Burmese overlords. The first period lasted between 15 and 20 years, the second 10 months.

Exploiting free speech: the unique privilege of supra-legal citizens
September 24, 2015 1:00 am

Exploiting free speech: the unique privilege of supra-legal citizens

Democracy has fewer than 10 core principles, two of which are the right of people to choose, by a vote, those who will govern on their behalf, and freedom of expression. Some in Thailand and the West are treating those two principles as the defining...

KTB OFFENDERS: Paying for the sin of the 'big boss'
September 17, 2015 1:00 am

KTB OFFENDERS: Paying for the sin of the 'big boss'

On August 26 the Supreme Court's criminal division for political officeholders returned a guilty verdict against 19 former Krung Thai Bank employees for colluding on and abetting the irregular approval of a Bt9-billion loan.