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    Channel 3 hiding behind 'public interest'

    Veera Prateepchaikul, Published on 09/09/2014

    » The management of TV Channel 3 seems to have forgotten that about a decade ago Supinya Klangnarong, then a vocal activist of the NGO the Campaign for Media Reform was charged with criminal defamation by Shin Corp for alleged defamatory remarks she made at a seminar entitled "Five Years of Thai Rak Thai – Shin Corp Gets Richer".

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    Inequality exposed

    News, Editorial, Published on 10/12/2018

    » The economy expert Banyong Pongpanich was studying recent statistics last week when he made an interesting discovery. Based on figures reported in the latest annual Global Wealth Databook by Credit Suisse (CS), the inequality gap in Thailand has become the worst in the world. The figure represents national assets held and controlled by a nation's richest 1%, compared with the other 99%. In Thailand, that 1% is about 500,000, compared with the 50 million Thais of working ages.

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    'My country's got' these socio-political ills

    News, Thitinan Pongsudhirak, Published on 02/11/2018

    » The explosive Rap Against Dictatorship music video that has taken Thailand by storm has raised myriad socio-political questions and issues. Known in Thai as <i>Prathet Ku Mee</i>, the sensational music video has been viewed on YouTube more than 25 million times in just 10 days in a country of 69 million people, a feat in its own right and a record for its artistic kind in Thailand. How this five-minute rap song in the Thai language has done so much says a lot about where Thailand has been and where it is going.

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    Public starts to reject our abnormalities

    News, Paritta Wangkiat, Published on 29/10/2018

    » The rap song with music video <i>Prathet Ku Mee</i> (My Country's Got It) by a rapper group called Rap Against Dictatorship (RAD) has truly sent shockwaves into our society, with views surpassing surpassing 12 million in a very short time.

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    Time for the regime to face the music

    News, Atiya Achakulwisut, Published on 30/10/2018

    » Finally, the return to democracy has begun. It's raw. It's vulgar. It's controversial. It has also unleashed a rush of polarised opinions. Police are gunning to outlaw it as more people flock to view it online, with over 21 million on YouTube for the music video in question as of yesterday mid-afternoon.

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    Global turmoil and Thailand's political reset

    News, Thitinan Pongsudhirak, Published on 21/12/2018

    » As the world moves into 2019, there is a consensus that the roughly seven-decade-old rules-based liberal international order no longer works. Either it has to be fundamentally revamped to suit new realities and the international distribution of power and wealth, or it will be increasingly violated and marginalised. In a remarkable parallel, Thailand's hitherto political order that lasted about seven decades also requires adjustment and recalibration.

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    City public space drive just a token effort

    News, Sirinya Wattanasukchai, Published on 18/10/2018

    » Last week, the Bangkok Metropolitan Administration (BMA) boasted it made three million baht in three months from the fines it imposed on motorcyclists who drove on pavements.

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    China and its repression of the Uighurs

    News, Gwynne Dyer, Published on 23/08/2018

    » Two weeks ago, Prof Gay McDougall, co-chair of the UN Committee on the Elimination of Racial Discrimination, alleged that up to a million people belonging to the Uighur and other Muslim minority groups in China's northwestern province of Xinjiang have been detained in concentration camps to be "re-educated" about religion.

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    'Yellow vests' just want their aspirations respected

    News, Published on 06/12/2018

    » Just over 50 years ago, Jacques Tati's Playtime opened in French movie theatres. In the comedy, Tati once again features his iconic character, Monsieur Hulot, the confused but courtly Parisian who confronts the challenges of a rapidly modernising France. This time, Mr Hulot tries to navigate the shining and sleek newly developed periphery of Paris, suddenly bristling with buildings and streets that are indistinguishable from one another. The camera captures the hopelessness of Mr Hulot's quest when it focuses on a rond-point, or traffic circle, around which slow-moving cars and buses, like brightly coloured horses on a merry-go-round, circle endlessly.

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    Don't judge these books by their titles

    News, Roger Crutchley, Published on 25/11/2018

    » It is generally agreed that a snappy title helps the sales of a book, although some can be a real turnoff. With this in mind, for 40 years the English literary magazine Bookseller, has been holding an annual award for the oddest book title. Also known as the Diagram Prize, last year's winner was the enthralling The Commuter Pig Keeper which just edged out the thought-provoking Nipples on My Knee.

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