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Suthep's back. What's next?
August 5, 2015 1:00 am

Suthep's back. What's next?

The question of why Suthep Thaugsuban is returning to action is probably not as important as what impact his comeback will create. After all, "outcomes" don't have to be consistent with "motivations". And modern Thai politics...

Will tough anti-graft action work for or against us?
July 29, 2015 1:00 am

Will tough anti-graft action work for or against us?

No matter how you look at it, Article 111 of the draft Constitution is dynamite. Leaving aside Thaksin and Yingluck Shinawatra, it could be the most effective tool yet against the rampant political corruption that has plagued this country. The bad...

Flicking off that tap quicker is the least we can do
July 22, 2015 1:00 am

Flicking off that tap quicker is the least we can do

If you've been reading my stuff, you might have noticed I'm bad at maths.

The first casualty of social-media wars?
July 15, 2015 1:00 am

The first casualty of social-media wars?

As someone who has been doing a lot of writing in coffee shops lately, I was disturbed to hear reports of people being charged Bt2,000 for "working" at a Bangkok cafe. You can't blame me for being distracted by the whole episode, or...

The ironic (and sadistic) Greek tragedy plays out
July 8, 2015 1:00 am

The ironic (and sadistic) Greek tragedy plays out

Those who thought up the concept of democracy in Greece two millennia ago could not in their wildest dreams have imagined what is transpiring at the moment. But, then again, knowing about democracy doesn't necessarily mean you know everything.

America apologises - for doing the right thing
July 1, 2015 1:00 am

America apologises - for doing the right thing

If you've been doing cartwheels or rolling on the floor laughing at the US embassy's "anti-Thaksin" slip, stop and think. There are two ways to look at it: The Americans have either been embarrassed, or they are cleverly using the...

Thailand WEIGHING UP BETS on its gambling future
June 24, 2015 1:00 am

Thailand WEIGHING UP BETS on its gambling future

Even if we decide not to legalise casinos, it would still be a gamble. That's why I don't quite get the ongoing fuss. Gambling is not just about money - it's about making a choice.

Corruption versus Democracy: New paradox looms
June 17, 2015 1:42 pm

Corruption versus Democracy: New paradox looms

Signs that a coup-maker might stay in charge of Thailand longer than he initially said have befuddled both Democracy and Corruption. The latter has signalled rare uncertainty, although he refuses to give up efforts to bring Democracy to the dark...

Will reform OVERSTAY its welcome?
June 10, 2015 1:00 am

Will reform OVERSTAY its welcome?

The resurgence of the "reform-before-election" idea has met with three different responses.

After all these years, Thaksin should have known better
June 3, 2015 1:00 am

After all these years, Thaksin should have known better

It's up to democracy to prove itself. Having to do that is probably what differentiates the system from, say, dictatorship. The latter relies on perhaps one or two men, whereas a whole lot more need to function properly for democracy to really...