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Our schools for scoundrels
April 5, 2014 1:00 am

Our schools for scoundrels

Satirical barbs have been flying on the social media this week. "No cash to go see your favourite singer in South Korea? Try asking Khun Tan!" went one post. "Need money to get hitched to your gal? Khun Tan's your man!"...

Protecting the 'little woman'
March 8, 2014 1:00 am

Protecting the 'little woman'

As Thailand joins the rest of the world in marking International Women's Day today, we can boast being a country with a fair share of feminists. However, whether we are actually moving toward equality for women is quite another matter.

To vote or not to vote, that is the question for women
February 1, 2014 1:05 am

To vote or not to vote, that is the question for women

Should we thank the caretaker government, or the People's Democratic Reform Committee (or both of them) for our confusion over the much-anticipated election? Most of my girl-friends have switched their chat from shoes, handbags and kids to...

Farmers' plight forgotten amid political maelstrom
January 11, 2014 1:00 am

Farmers' plight forgotten amid political maelstrom

Reports this week of the death of a 59-year-old farmer from Pichit signal a deepening failure of the government's rice-pledging scheme. His wife said the death was caused by stress due to delayed rice-pledge payment. The tragedy adds a further...

Suthep: wrong man at the right time?
December 7, 2013 1:00 am

Suthep: wrong man at the right time?

It's easier to say why Suthep shouldn't be leading the anti-government campaign than why he should be. As a leader he ends up lacking. He was at the centre of a major political scandal almost two decades ago, and to this day approximately...

Thai Parliament gets spooky and ugly on Halloween
November 2, 2013 1:00 am

Thai Parliament gets spooky and ugly on Halloween

It was October 31, and in Thailand you might not have had to go further than a TV screen to be scared or spooked. As the Thai Parliament was deliberating the controversial amnesty bill, a crowd opposed to it grew bigger at Samsen railway station. The...

You can spot them a mile away
October 5, 2013 1:00 am

You can spot them a mile away

You may have a stand on a certain issue. You may judge issues using values and moral standards. You may be a liberal or conservative. Sometimes, your reaction to an event contradicts your own ideology. Thai politics is playing a great role in...

A fall from grace
September 7, 2013 1:00 am

A fall from grace

We still remember with pride seeing Thai supermodel Rojjana "Yui" Phetkanha on the cover of Vogue. It seems like yesterday when "Thailand's own Chanel Girl" became an inspiration to young Thai models. Fame is, however,...

Fatherly hormones versus ministerial hormones: the reality show
August 3, 2013 1:00 am

Fatherly hormones versus ministerial hormones: the reality show

They say life imitates art, but in the case of the "Hormones The Series" saga, art gave birth to very dramatic life - which has outgrown it completely. The following are real events that unfolded after a young actress in a teenage turmoil...

The problem with getting attached to things
July 6, 2013 1:00 am

The problem with getting attached to things

The latest controversies involving monks have made many Thai people despair. Is Buddhism deteriorating because of the increasing number of misbehaving monks? Is the Lord Buddha's philosophy failing to enlighten the current generation of monks?