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    US envoy talks his way into trouble

    News, Boonrak Boonyaketmala, Published on 08/12/2015

    » The fact that Thailand's heavily polarised politics has deeply split the country into several colours, affecting even the daily interactions of couples at the household level, has become all too familiar for Thais over the past decade or so. The ongoing conflicts can also put some foreigners in an awkward, if not difficult, position.

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    An imagined transcendence from our troubled history

    News, Boonrak Boonyaketmala, Published on 17/12/2015

    » Despite the hard sell, the heartwarming promise delivered in a song <i>To Return Happiness To Thailand (In Not So Long)</i> played almost hourly on our radio and television networks, whose lyrics are credited to Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha, a lot of us who have been forced to be in a spectator role are actually subjected to a disturbingly delayed pleasure.

  • OPINION

    Freedom of thought distorted by party-run media

    News, Boonrak Boonyaketmala, Published on 21/11/2015

    » One of the keys to sustaining any political order is talk, or, more precisely, constant talk in a definite direction through half-truths, so noise will be absorbed into the thick air of propaganda.

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    Charter drafters of 1997 provide a lesson in R&D

    News, Boonrak Boonyaketmala, Published on 30/11/2015

    » Deputy Prime Minister Somkid Jatusripitak recently held discussions with leaders of the various research institutes, telling them he wanted to see them play a more proactive role in research and development that could lead to meaningful commercial applications.

  • OPINION

    Digital television on brink of disaster

    News, Boonrak Boonyaketmala, Published on 26/10/2015

    » After six decades of stunted development, the state-oriented television industry entered a new epoch in 2014 when digital television technology became a reality, and 24 fresh television licences were granted to both old and new operators through an open bid administered by the National Broadcasting and Telecommunication Commission of Thailand (NBTC).

  • OPINION

    The poverty of our political discourse

    News, Boonrak Boonyaketmala, Published on 07/11/2015

    » Given the often war-like weekly announcements of tough, sometimes intimidating positions by Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha on a variety of controversial issues since the May 22 coup last year, highlighted by occasional attitude adjustment sessions enforced on some politicians, intellectuals, academics, journalists, and non-governmental activists, the battle of verbal confrontations between competing groups — yellow-, red-, blue-shirt, and what not — has been decidedly quiet, by the pre-coup standard.

  • OPINION

    When the dust settles, Thai PBS must be revamped

    News, Boonrak Boonyaketmala, Published on 19/10/2015

    » For almost a decade, the public coffers have earmarked a "sin tax" of about two billion baht annually to finance the Thai Public Broadcasting Service, officially claimed to be the first public broadcasting service in Thailand and Southeast Asia.

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