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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.

South Korea's pride and glory (or lack thereof)
October 8, 2014 1:00 am

South Korea's pride and glory (or lack thereof)

In this era, the public's attention span when it comes to news is like that of a boyfriend when it comes to things she says after six months of the relationship.

Welcome to nominees' paradise
October 1, 2014 1:00 am

Welcome to nominees' paradise

You can't legally buy something or do something, so you use a nominee. It can be someone you trust, or someone you have wrapped around your finger, or a new company you create.

Itsy bitsy teenie weenie bikini commentary
September 24, 2014 1:00 am

Itsy bitsy teenie weenie bikini commentary

Few men can make a comment with the word "bikini" in it and emerge politically correct all the time. But then again, if Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha cared about political correctness, he would never have staged that coup in the first...

Death deserves our full respect
September 17, 2014 1:00 am

Death deserves our full respect

I don't remember all the details, but that scene from a very old movie goes more or less like this: A father and young son, on a boat, discuss where people go after they die. The man takes a glass and fills it with water. "This is...

Channel 3 debacle for dummies (by a dummy)
September 10, 2014 1:00 am

Channel 3 debacle for dummies (by a dummy)

If the TV Channel 3 controversy first sounded to you like a nightmarish calculus course, it was the same here. But like most things in life, we can't forever escape its grip.

One more thing that Prayuth should know
September 3, 2014 1:00 am

One more thing that Prayuth should know

Last week, we talked about 10 things that Thailand's new prime minister should realise. Well, my bad, because there's another crucial matter that will define his tenure.

Ten things General Prayuth should know
August 27, 2014 1:00 am

Ten things General Prayuth should know

Dear Mr Prime Minister, all the buzz you hear is people making or accepting challenges involving ice, mild torture and donations. If you think that's silly, consider this: Even your nomination and "election" by the interim Parliament...