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America apologises - for doing the right thing
July 1, 2015 1:00 am

America apologises - for doing the right thing

If you've been doing cartwheels or rolling on the floor laughing at the US embassy's "anti-Thaksin" slip, stop and think. There are two ways to look at it: The Americans have either been embarrassed, or they are cleverly using the...

Thailand WEIGHING UP BETS on its gambling future
June 24, 2015 1:00 am

Thailand WEIGHING UP BETS on its gambling future

Even if we decide not to legalise casinos, it would still be a gamble. That's why I don't quite get the ongoing fuss. Gambling is not just about money - it's about making a choice.

Corruption versus Democracy: New paradox looms
June 17, 2015 1:42 pm

Corruption versus Democracy: New paradox looms

Signs that a coup-maker might stay in charge of Thailand longer than he initially said have befuddled both Democracy and Corruption. The latter has signalled rare uncertainty, although he refuses to give up efforts to bring Democracy to the dark...

Will reform OVERSTAY its welcome?
June 10, 2015 1:00 am

Will reform OVERSTAY its welcome?

The resurgence of the "reform-before-election" idea has met with three different responses.

After all these years, Thaksin should have known better
June 3, 2015 1:00 am

After all these years, Thaksin should have known better

It's up to democracy to prove itself. Having to do that is probably what differentiates the system from, say, dictatorship. The latter relies on perhaps one or two men, whereas a whole lot more need to function properly for democracy to really...

How to save the Rohingya, AND OURSELVES
May 27, 2015 7:25 pm

How to save the Rohingya, AND OURSELVES

There's something ironic about the current uproar over the Rohingya. The controversy seems to have all the ingredients of what made those people become refugees in the first place.

Politics taking on a LIFE OF ITS OWN
May 20, 2015 1:00 am

Politics taking on a LIFE OF ITS OWN

Thai politics watchers were checking three things before they went to bed last night. They wanted updates on what the military junta said about the current charter draft, whether Yingluck Shinawatra showed up at court to hear rice scheme charges, and...

Today's monopolies come with their hair combed
May 13, 2015 1:00 am

Today's monopolies come with their hair combed

If you Google "monopoly", the definition you get is "the exclusive possession or control of the supply or trade in a commodity or service". I would refine that meaning to: "The exclusive possession or control of the supply or...

Take your pick: This charter or a delayed election
May 6, 2015 1:00 am

Take your pick: This charter or a delayed election

The general theory of relativity should apply when it comes to whether one year is too short or too long before a general election can be held.

Foes become friends as politics TURNS ON A DIME
April 29, 2015 1:00 am

Foes become friends as politics TURNS ON A DIME

The old adage that there are no real friends or permanent foes in politics applies to our post-coup, military-controlled situation as well. Criticise or scold Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha all you like, but he seems to have succeeded where...