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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...

Xenophobia and an eight-year-old
June 18, 2014 1:00 am

Xenophobia and an eight-year-old

A boy came home from school looking as if he had lost his X-box. The father asked what was wrong and the youngster explained his verbal fight with an English teacher, an American, which threatened to doom the child's entire semester. All because...

If reform isn't drastic, what's the point?
June 11, 2014 1:00 am

If reform isn't drastic, what's the point?

General Prayuth Chan-ocha must realise that endearing himself to Thais is far harder than staging a coup. More difficult still than the charm offensive is how to deliver true reform, as he can only play the disciplinary, carrot-and-stick uncle with...

Red shirts are down, but Thaksin is out
June 4, 2014 1:00 am

Red shirts are down, but Thaksin is out

Some suggest electric shocks may have been applied, while others point out that the red shirt leaders' post-coup transformation from wild animals to teacher's pets is a familiar charade.

Corruption versus Democracy: Luke, I'm your father
May 28, 2014 1:00 am

Corruption versus Democracy: Luke, I'm your father

With a single brutal stroke, Democracy is down and Corruption looming over him. (The dramatic scene, though, may be an illusion, because anyone watching only sees what he wants to see. In reality, it's hard to pinpoint who is actually down or...