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Corruption versus Democracy: Dead man talking
January 28, 2015 1:00 am

Corruption versus Democracy: Dead man talking

The Angel and Demon have become equally tired. They have crossed swords over the Kingdom of Thailand for too long, with Corruption in the process trying to convince Democracy that they'd better sign a pact. The Demon has been determined and...

If hate speech is dangerous, banning it is more so
January 21, 2015 1:00 am

If hate speech is dangerous, banning it is more so

The greatest trick "hate speech" has ever pulled is, it seems, to exist only on "the other side". Which is why the Constitution Drafting Committee's idea to make it illegal will only scratch the surface of the problem....

How a modern-day impeachment hearing can be done
January 14, 2015 1:00 am

How a modern-day impeachment hearing can be done

Let's cut to the chase. Since the current Yingluck impeachment proceedings are not helping national reconciliation at all, why not take a chance and be creative? All the (alleged) evidence and counter-argument should be posted on an official...

Back from holidays? Now hang on to your seats
January 7, 2015 1:00 am

Back from holidays? Now hang on to your seats

Into the fire, here we come. The New Year holidays were a short-lived reprieve, when we hung briefly in the air after somersaulting out of the frying pan.

Things to remember for 2014
December 24, 2014 1:00 am

Things to remember for 2014

Nobody should want to read anything too serious today, which suits me nicely. Moreover, a lot of thrills and anxiety and depression should come in leaps and bounds next year. So, let's enjoy the festivity while we can and recap 2014 in a...

Mr "Now You See Me" dominates 2014
December 17, 2014 1:00 am

Mr "Now You See Me" dominates 2014

He's slippery and elusive, but he doesn't live in Dubai, in case you wondered. He's different things to different people. Politicians, the military, the media and social media activists all proclaim to be on his side but he more or...

Absolute democracy can be absolutely unacceptable
December 10, 2014 1:00 am

Absolute democracy can be absolutely unacceptable

This article - the third time I'm discussing the idea of "ultimate democracy" in this space - is inspired by the sincerest enthusiasm shown toward it by an unmistakable fan of Thaksin Shinawatra. "I think we should give it a...

Who's the 'Mother Crab' of the world?
December 3, 2014 1:00 am

Who's the 'Mother Crab' of the world?

"America, we have a problem" declared a CNN headline in the middle of the Ferguson turmoil last week. What followed featured unsurprising conclusions: That inequality remains rampant in the world's "model" democracy, that...

'Mockingjay' is mocking everyone (spoiler alert)
November 26, 2014 1:00 am

'Mockingjay' is mocking everyone (spoiler alert)

If you haven't read the books and hate spoilers, stop right here. Go and enjoy the film, which won't reveal much, because the producers for some reason decided to break up the finale of the Hunger Games trilogy into two parts and are only...

Nong Laila shows us how to scold 'thieves'
November 19, 2014 1:00 am

Nong Laila shows us how to scold 'thieves'

Her actions are the equivalent of a composer using just two notes to create a masterpiece. Nong Laila's first note is the obscene curse repeated time and again in her viral video. Her second is the looping emphasis of just how much the chicken...