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  • OPINION

    Activists need protection

    News, Editorial, Published on 14/05/2019

    » Thailand's already battered human rights record has fallen another notch following reports of the mysterious disappearance of three activists accused of lese majeste while in exile in Vietnam.

  • OPINION

    Darkest-day song nothing to be proud of

    News, Veera Prateepchaikul, Published on 20/02/2019

    » Army commander-in-chief Gen Apirat Kongsompong's decision to order the army-run radio stations to "resurrect" the old ultra-nationalist song Nak Phandin ("Burden on the Land") in an apparent response to the Pheu Thai Party's prime ministerial candidate Khunying Sudarat Keyuraphan's threat to cut military spending and Future Forward Party's pledge to scrap mandatory conscription is totally uncalled for.

  • OPINION

    '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.

  • OPINION

    Honouring Dad

    Life, Pongpet Mekloy, Published on 05/12/2016

    » As far back as I could remember Dec 5, the birthday of His Majesty King Bhumibol Adulyadej, has always been considered the National Father's Day. Today is the first time in the lives of millions of Thais to observe this important occasion without the beloved royal father figure.

  • OPINION

    Knockin' on parody's door

    Life, Kaona Pongpipat, Published on 07/11/2016

    » Enough about Bob Dylan and his Nobel Prize in Literature. He took his time but finally accepted the honour and will make it to the ceremony in Stockholm in December if he can.

  • OPINION

    An appreciation of a remarkable king

    News, Roger Crutchley, Published on 16/10/2016

    » Not being Thai, whatever I say concerning His Majesty the King will be inadequate. But having lived in Thailand for the past 47 years, I feel like he has also become my king and I would like to at least attempt to express my admiration for what he achieved in his 70-year reign.

  • OPINION

    This carefully plotted soap opera called life

    Life, Melalin Mahavongtrakul, Published on 10/12/2015

    » During the last three-day weekend, many of us were stuck at home while half the country was out travelling. At least it wasn't too boring. We had Father's Day on Saturday and political corruption and TV dramas to occupy ourselves with during the brief no-work period.

  • OPINION

    Sentiment lost in symbols

    Life, Parisa Pichitmarn, Published on 11/11/2015

    » Personally, November is a bit of a bummer month, for not having anything to look forward to. The only festive frolicking is Loy Krathong -- and I'm not sure what that commemorates or celebrates precisely. Out of habit and some weird justification, my household will probably have to float something in our little village pond. Mostly because it's become a bit of a societal requirement -- you're considered a total misanthrope if the neighbours notice that you don't show up. Besides being shunned by the village, would I be forever blacklisted by the water gods for choosing to opt out of this eye-watering and ecologically reckless festival? 

  • OPINION

    Military regime can't turn back the clock of progress

    News, Achara Ashayagachat, Published on 12/08/2014

    » My memory of one of this country's democratic milestones — the student uprising of Oct 14, 1973 — was my grandmother sobbing while watching His Majesty the King's announcement on TV about a new government replacing the military dictatorship that students had tried to topple.

  • OPINION

    Government should refocus its priorities

    Published on 01/05/2012

    » There is little cause for rejoicing or celebration for most labourers today, International Labour Day, as they struggle to make ends meet in the face of the rising cost of living fuelled by increased energy costs and, ironically, the effects of the minimum wage rise.

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