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Farewell to a man without ideology
April 27, 2016 1:00 am

Farewell to a man without ideology

When democracy was limping along prior to the 2014 coup, Thai politics was pretty much a two-party system. The death last week of Chart Thai Pattana leader Banharn Silpa-archa practically made it official. He was arguably the last representative of...

Counting the eggs in the referendum basket
April 20, 2016 1:00 am

Counting the eggs in the referendum basket

If “neutrals” want the charter to pass August 7’s referendum, it may be because they fear the “basket” is bulging. A who’s who of Thailand’s political turmoil have placed their eggs in it, and the load is now big enough to scare...

Panama Papers and weary regulators in Thailand
April 13, 2016 1:00 am

Panama Papers and weary regulators in Thailand

It requires financial genius to stash mountains of money in tax havens, as revealed by the Panama Papers, but it probably takes greater intellect to defend the offshore hidey-holes.

Referendum: What you can and can’t do
April 6, 2016 1:00 am

Referendum: What you can and can’t do

Ever puzzled over the Zen riddle of whether a tree falling in the forest makes a sound if there’s nobody there to hear it? Well, if you haven’t solved that one yet, it’s probably best not to grapple with the upcoming Thai referendum.

Grappling with rudimentary and advanced democracy
March 30, 2016 1:00 am

Grappling with rudimentary and advanced democracy

The sound you hear is America’s Democrats uncorking the champagne. As much as the insane part of me wants Republican Donald Trump to be the next US president, I think the man has blown his chance. Although his country’s democracy allows him to do...

Road carnage, the alcohol test and Prayut
March 23, 2016 1:00 am

Road carnage, the alcohol test and Prayut

A week has passed and social media users have already said much of what I want to say about the deadly crash involving a Mercedes-Benz in Ayutthaya.

Defending the NBTC through gritted teeth
March 16, 2016 1:00 am

Defending the NBTC through gritted teeth

Illusionists point out that if you watch something too closely, you won’t see what really matters. That could apply to the drafting of Thailand’s new constitution

Corruption versus Democracy: Donald Trump
March 9, 2016 1:00 am

Corruption versus Democracy: Donald Trump

Since the beginning of their prolonged war, Corruption has been telling Democracy that the latter is far from perfect, and that only by forging a pact together can both thrive. Democracy has been alternating between half-hearted resistance and full...

LOOSE CANNON in the Land of the Free
March 2, 2016 1:00 am

LOOSE CANNON in the Land of the Free

Let me be clear from the start that I dislike Donald Trump from an idealistic, ethical and fundamental point of view.

Can we ‘Mercedes’ our way to nirvana?
February 24, 2016 1:00 am

Can we ‘Mercedes’ our way to nirvana?

Nothing says “faith in God” better than the Pope’s bullet-proof car, goes the joke. It’s a smart, satirical statement, but Christians defend the papal protection by using the “Just in case” argument. Evil is powerful and always at work,...