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Ratchaprasong bomb is testing our collective strength
August 26, 2015 1:00 am

Ratchaprasong bomb is testing our collective strength

We were saddened and we couldn't believe it. But as the shock dies down, we start to wonder if we should have been shocked in the first place. If certain human traits have faded over the centuries, the tendency to use violence to push for a goal...

Wanna make your mum happy? Here's how (hopefully)
August 19, 2015 1:00 am

Wanna make your mum happy? Here's how (hopefully)

In a way, I'm glad that the seasonal tear-jerking festival is coming to an end. It means we can get back to being loved and cared for by those whose love and care are unseasonal and unconditional. And, no, this isn't coming from a cynic...

Can't stand Prayut? Swallow the charter draft
August 12, 2015 1:00 am

Can't stand Prayut? Swallow the charter draft

After the solace offered to us by religious holidays and Mother's Day this month, thrills will come thick and fast in September. Thai politics has been hibernating long enough, and, if analysts are correct, it will wake up a few days from now...

Suthep's back. What's next?
August 5, 2015 1:00 am

Suthep's back. What's next?

The question of why Suthep Thaugsuban is returning to action is probably not as important as what impact his comeback will create. After all, "outcomes" don't have to be consistent with "motivations". And modern Thai politics...

Will tough anti-graft action work for or against us?
July 29, 2015 1:00 am

Will tough anti-graft action work for or against us?

No matter how you look at it, Article 111 of the draft Constitution is dynamite. Leaving aside Thaksin and Yingluck Shinawatra, it could be the most effective tool yet against the rampant political corruption that has plagued this country. The bad...

Flicking off that tap quicker is the least we can do
July 22, 2015 1:00 am

Flicking off that tap quicker is the least we can do

If you've been reading my stuff, you might have noticed I'm bad at maths.

The first casualty of social-media wars?
July 15, 2015 1:00 am

The first casualty of social-media wars?

As someone who has been doing a lot of writing in coffee shops lately, I was disturbed to hear reports of people being charged Bt2,000 for "working" at a Bangkok cafe. You can't blame me for being distracted by the whole episode, or...

The ironic (and sadistic) Greek tragedy plays out
July 8, 2015 1:00 am

The ironic (and sadistic) Greek tragedy plays out

Those who thought up the concept of democracy in Greece two millennia ago could not in their wildest dreams have imagined what is transpiring at the moment. But, then again, knowing about democracy doesn't necessarily mean you know everything.

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.