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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...

General Prayuth should learn from America
August 13, 2014 1:00 am

General Prayuth should learn from America

Say whatever you like about George Soros, but his preferred analogy on the near-collapse of the US economy is spot on. It compares the US economic system prior to the late 2000s meltdown to an oil tanker. The big ship once had watertight compartments...

Love, the end of it, and the social media
August 6, 2014 1:00 am

Love, the end of it, and the social media

Maybe it's unfair to everyone involved to analyse why a rich and powerful man and a gorgeous and popular woman have broken up, and I shouldn't try.

Yingluck must face rice scheme trial
July 30, 2014 1:00 am

Yingluck must face rice scheme trial

If I were Yingluck Shinawatra, I would come back to Thailand just to shut up those predicting I wouldn't. And risk spending considerable time in jail in the process? Well, a dutiful return would establish some trust and credibility, and...

Of cows and coaches
July 23, 2014 1:00 am

Of cows and coaches

One of the earliest kid tales we knew had to do with a cow named Nanthawisal, who would do his chores only when he was asked nicely. Now, we have seen a real-life drama unfolding before our eyes, featuring a Korean taekwondo coach who physically...

In defence of great 'national art'
July 16, 2014 1:00 am

In defence of great 'national art'

In removing State Railway of Thailand chief Prapat Chongsa-nguan, the junta has put a great practitioner of a national art form to the sword. It remains to be seen, however, if we Thais can develop a new culture wherein voluntary resignation is the...

There's light at the end of the tunnel
July 9, 2014 1:00 am

There's light at the end of the tunnel

The pale white dot is not showing Thaksin Shinawatra a road home, of course, but the faint light he sees is not a train coming at him, either. We all know that every honeymoon must come to an end, and fragile yet high post-coup expectations may be...

Can Thais be reformed and reconciled all at once?
July 2, 2014 1:00 am

Can Thais be reformed and reconciled all at once?

Reform and reconciliation are often mentioned in the same sentence. That's most likely because a lot of people believe, or hope, that the two things can go hand in hand, or at least one can lead to the other.

There is only one 'Don't' for Prayuth
June 25, 2014 1:00 am

There is only one 'Don't' for Prayuth

Do's and don'ts follow every coup as night follows day. Have an early election, Western countries say, insisting that power should be "returned to the people" as soon as possible. You shall not crack down on the media, add local...