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Corruption versus Democracy: You are Pokemon Go
July 27, 2016 1:00 am

Corruption versus Democracy: You are Pokemon Go

The emergence of Donald Trump has drastically tilted the showdown between Corruption and Democracy in the former’s favour. The Demon and Angel, so to speak, have been waging a prolonged battle over the Kingdom of Thailand, but each has kept one eye...

Where the Democrats fit in the battle of wits
July 20, 2016 1:00 am

Where the Democrats fit in the battle of wits

The Democrats must be analysing “Game of Thrones” very intensely. The penchant of the popular TV series’ makers for snuffing out the lives of much-loved or much-hated characters is not sadism; it’s a reflection of political realities. To stay...

Let’s not take our eyes off the ball
July 13, 2016 1:00 am

Let’s not take our eyes off the ball

There are times when you have to worry about how “free” our elected politicians should be or how much they should be reined in, and there are times when your worries should focus solely on your phone bills. I mean, many people outside the...

How the charter’s ‘Super Lock’ is tormenting politicians
July 6, 2016 1:00 am

How the charter’s ‘Super Lock’ is tormenting politicians

Don’t tell me you haven’t made a decision, because you must have. Deep down inside at least, you know how you are going to vote on August 7. Whether you are doing it out of love, or hatred, or some “principle” or “ideology”, you just...

EU has a bigger issue than Brexit
June 29, 2016 1:00 am

EU has a bigger issue than Brexit

“Show me a man or a woman alone and I’ll show you a saint. Give me two and they’ll fall in love. Give me three and they’ll invent the charming thing we call ’society’. Give me four and they’ll build a pyramid. Give me five and they’ll...

Why Dhammachayo should fight here and now
June 22, 2016 1:00 am

Why Dhammachayo should fight here and now

When politics becomes entangled with religion, you get nothing but a big mess. That disciples of controversial Dhammakaya abbot Dhammachayo want to protect him from embarrassing legal charges is understandable, but it’s hard to comprehend the logic...

John Kerry, Rohingya and the new Iron Lady
June 15, 2016 1:00 am

John Kerry, Rohingya and the new Iron Lady

Sometimes it’s simpler to remain politically persecuted, as Aung San Suu Kyi must have learned. When under house arrest and banished from the corridors of power, she didn’t have to declare her stance on the Rohingya. (Her opinion wouldn’t have...

Donald Trump horrifies the king of horror
June 8, 2016 1:00 am

Donald Trump horrifies the king of horror

Writer’s note: This article may contain language unsuitable for children. But hey, the free world now has an outside chance of getting its rudest, most politically incorrect leader ever, so maybe easing our youngsters into obscenity won’t hurt.

Nuclear reality too big for Hiroshima rhetoric
June 1, 2016 1:00 am

Nuclear reality too big for Hiroshima rhetoric

Will humanity ever be able to relinquish all of its nuclear weapons? The stark answer was provided in Hiroshima a few days ago when Barack Obama became the first sitting US president to visit the city. Now that the attendant emotions, media...

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...