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    News, Published on 01/10/2016

    » Gen Udomdej has weathered a lot of storms, but his biggest test is coming v The rice scheme net is widening after Yingluck's bill of 35.7 billion baht v The waters are still a little muddy over the power of the next Senate

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    Force-fed film belongs deep in dark vaults

    News, Kong Rithdee, Published on 13/12/2014

    » Strange things have happened at the cinemas. First, Hitler showed up in a Thai short film sponsored by the government (meaning by taxpayers), the radioactive gatecrasher into a party of virtuous citizens. Second, another Thai film featuring, among other things, a joke about the anal cleft — it's funny as long as it's not your anal cleft — is raking in a huge amount of money at the multiplexes, likely surpassing the 100-million-baht mark as you're reading this, which is after just four days of release. Cinema enlightens, even in the dark forest of swastikas and bodily bergschrunds.

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    Just reflections of ourselves

    Voranai Vanijaka, Published on 16/05/2013

    » The wonderful thing about representative democracy is that, not only do we get exactly what we vote for, but the people sitting in government also represent exactly the people walking in the streets. It’s like a reflection in the mirror.

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    Southern attacks are terror by any definition

    News, Published on 09/12/2012

    » The statement on Thursday by Deputy Prime Minister Chalerm Yabamrung that there is no terrorism in Thailand is nothing short of bizarre. Mr Chalerm was responding to a report released last week by the Australian Institute for Economics and Peace that ranked Thailand eighth in a global list of 158 countries where terrorism has had the most impact over the past decade. The index takes into account the number of terrorist incidents, fatalities, injuries and damage, and says an astounding 5% of global terrorist incidents from 2002 to 2009 occurred in Thailand. Pakistan, India and Afghanistan accounted for 12%, 11% and 10% respectively.

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    Bombing no excuse to delay polls

    News, Umesh Pandey, Published on 28/05/2017

    » Sitting in what is considered to be the heart of Asian democracy, India, the thought of how we Thais have come to live with the threats of military leaders when it comes to the return of democracy makes me wonder how and why have we become so timid.

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    News, Published on 27/05/2017

    » Ex-Mahachon leader is optimistic in new role developing political parties, but has his work cut out for him v Bombing throws up conspiracy theories and concerns over election delay v Gen Prawit's low profile leads to concerns about his health

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    Special power not needed for the South

    News, Anucha Charoenpo, Published on 13/03/2017

    » The call by a Buddhist network in the deep South for the prime minister to use his special Section 44 power to deal with the insurgency is sending an important signal to the authorities: they are losing hope, confidence and belief in the peace process and the efforts to tackle the violence.

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    News, Published on 11/02/2017

    » Suthep is not commenting on the latest reconciliation efforts, which is puzzling many v Government spokesman Lt Gen Sansern ruffles feathers over South flood disaster v Another delay in the election is not stopping political manoeuvring

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    News, Published on 21/01/2017

    » The government's latest efforts at reconciliation are exciting few observers v The cabinet faces sustained opposition to its approval of plans to 'bomb' the Mekong v Ex-inmate Chuvit is set to pop up on our screens as a news anchor

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    Gambling on Udomdej

    News, Editorial, Published on 27/12/2016

    » Today's cabinet meeting is likely to make key decisions related to operations to tackle violence in the restive deep South, and the money being spent there. Ministers will be asked to hear and make decisions on yet another roadmap to tackle the southern unrest. Even more controversially, they are likely to be asked to place the management of the entire multi-billion-baht budget supporting government actions in the South in the hands of one interesting man.

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