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Mr "Now You See Me" dominates 2014
December 17, 2014 1:00 am

Mr "Now You See Me" dominates 2014

He's slippery and elusive, but he doesn't live in Dubai, in case you wondered. He's different things to different people. Politicians, the military, the media and social media activists all proclaim to be on his side but he more or...

Absolute democracy can be absolutely unacceptable
December 10, 2014 1:00 am

Absolute democracy can be absolutely unacceptable

This article - the third time I'm discussing the idea of "ultimate democracy" in this space - is inspired by the sincerest enthusiasm shown toward it by an unmistakable fan of Thaksin Shinawatra. "I think we should give it a...

Who's the 'Mother Crab' of the world?
December 3, 2014 1:00 am

Who's the 'Mother Crab' of the world?

"America, we have a problem" declared a CNN headline in the middle of the Ferguson turmoil last week. What followed featured unsurprising conclusions: That inequality remains rampant in the world's "model" democracy, that...

'Mockingjay' is mocking everyone (spoiler alert)
November 26, 2014 1:00 am

'Mockingjay' is mocking everyone (spoiler alert)

If you haven't read the books and hate spoilers, stop right here. Go and enjoy the film, which won't reveal much, because the producers for some reason decided to break up the finale of the Hunger Games trilogy into two parts and are only...

Nong Laila shows us how to scold 'thieves'
November 19, 2014 1:00 am

Nong Laila shows us how to scold 'thieves'

Her actions are the equivalent of a composer using just two notes to create a masterpiece. Nong Laila's first note is the obscene curse repeated time and again in her viral video. Her second is the looping emphasis of just how much the chicken...

Grumpy Prayut versus over-dramatic headline writers
November 12, 2014 1:00 am

Grumpy Prayut versus over-dramatic headline writers

Now we know exactly what words Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha doesn't like.

Thailand's political plot is thickening
November 5, 2014 1:00 am

Thailand's political plot is thickening

The scriptwriters are gathering somewhere that very few humans know exists. They have approximately 45 days to come up with a sensible "next chapter" for Thailand.

Democracy's fine, if it advertises less
October 29, 2014 1:00 am

Democracy's fine, if it advertises less

If dictatorship is a forced marriage, democracy is an advertisement-based relationship. You woo the girl with promises and hope they beat those of your opponents. It's as simple as that. Which is why a few political reform ideas being floated at...

Heat is being turned up on 'fortified' Prayut
October 22, 2014 1:00 am

Heat is being turned up on 'fortified' Prayut

Nobody needs to remind the media that there are more annoying things in politics than Prayut Chan-o-cha at his grumpiest - like elected leaders who evade legitimate questions for a living, or old-fashioned dictators who don't bother to confront...

October 14: The great, unfolding lesson
October 15, 2014 1:00 am

October 14: The great, unfolding lesson

There are two groups of Thais - those who lived through the events of October 14, 1973 and those who did not.