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Can Thai reporters bite George Soros’ hand?
August 31, 2016 1:00 am

Can Thai reporters bite George Soros’ hand?

Journalistic ethics used to be simple. Though not necessarily easy to observe, the lines were clear. You couldn’t take gifts of any kind from current or potential sponsors. You mustn’t own their stocks or play golf with their executives. You...

How the Shinawatras helped pass the charter draft
August 24, 2016 1:00 am

How the Shinawatras helped pass the charter draft

Critics of the controversial charter draft call it a dinosaur. While the neutrals should reserve judgement, the allusion to prehistoric times makes sense. The difference, however, is that while the real dinosaurs were killed off by a catastrophic...

Donald Trump would do well in Thailand
August 17, 2016 1:00 am

Donald Trump would do well in Thailand

He wouldn’t swap places with anyone at the moment, obviously, but it’s tempting to imagine Donald Trump plying his trade over here. First and foremost, the Republican presidential candidate is well-equipped to be highly successful in Thai...

Here’s what’s more real than the charter vote
August 10, 2016 1:00 am

Here’s what’s more real than the charter vote

When you go out into the woods, and you look at trees, you see all these different trees.

A triumph for ‘Yes’ or ‘No’ means more of the same
August 3, 2016 1:00 am

A triumph for ‘Yes’ or ‘No’ means more of the same

It would be way too convenient, and wrong, to say that a lot will change after next week. Little, if at all, will be different politically as far as the big picture is concerned after Thais vote on the draft charter. There will be an outpouring of...

Corruption versus Democracy: You are Pokemon Go
July 27, 2016 1:00 am

Corruption versus Democracy: You are Pokemon Go

The emergence of Donald Trump has drastically tilted the showdown between Corruption and Democracy in the former’s favour. The Demon and Angel, so to speak, have been waging a prolonged battle over the Kingdom of Thailand, but each has kept one eye...

Where the Democrats fit in the battle of wits
July 20, 2016 1:00 am

Where the Democrats fit in the battle of wits

The Democrats must be analysing “Game of Thrones” very intensely. The penchant of the popular TV series’ makers for snuffing out the lives of much-loved or much-hated characters is not sadism; it’s a reflection of political realities. To stay...

Let’s not take our eyes off the ball
July 13, 2016 1:00 am

Let’s not take our eyes off the ball

There are times when you have to worry about how “free” our elected politicians should be or how much they should be reined in, and there are times when your worries should focus solely on your phone bills. I mean, many people outside the...

How the charter’s ‘Super Lock’ is tormenting politicians
July 6, 2016 1:00 am

How the charter’s ‘Super Lock’ is tormenting politicians

Don’t tell me you haven’t made a decision, because you must have. Deep down inside at least, you know how you are going to vote on August 7. Whether you are doing it out of love, or hatred, or some “principle” or “ideology”, you just...

EU has a bigger issue than Brexit
June 29, 2016 1:00 am

EU has a bigger issue than Brexit

“Show me a man or a woman alone and I’ll show you a saint. Give me two and they’ll fall in love. Give me three and they’ll invent the charming thing we call ’society’. Give me four and they’ll build a pyramid. Give me five and they’ll...