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Would revisiting Thaksin’s share case cleanse our souls?
May 25, 2016 1:00 am

Would revisiting Thaksin’s share case cleanse our souls?

Should we go back to where it all began? It will be a long journey: Back when a massive quantity of shares in the Shinawatras’ telecom empire was suspiciously transferred to the family’s servants, youngsters protesting the 2014 coup or the...

Biggest parties have bigger concern than the referendum
May 18, 2016 1:00 am

Biggest parties have bigger concern than the referendum

Time flies faster for those who have big problems. The Democrats and Pheu Thai have less than three months to campaign against the draft charter, which they don’t like and whose future will be decided in a national referendum on August 7, but the...

After achieving the impossible, now the hard part for the Foxes
May 11, 2016 1:00 am

After achieving the impossible, now the hard part for the Foxes

More often than not, psychology overshadows talent in sports.

Any Dhammajayo defence must be religious, not political
May 4, 2016 1:00 am

Any Dhammajayo defence must be religious, not political

The concept of cheques - or any form of currency as we know it now, for that matter - was non-existent during the Lord Buddha’s days, so he didn’t lay down any rules concerning them. There is nothing in his admonitions to stop temples and monks...

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.