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  • OPINION

    In the name of freedom and democracy

    Voranai Vanijaka, Published on 07/02/2013

    » Sex tourism? The country's image? Baa-hum-bug! The fact of life is, if we don't take care of our own daughters, then some old, hairy foreigner will. For that matter, if we don't take care of our own daughters, then some old, hairless Thai will. There are two sides - at least - to every coin.

  • OPINION

    Democracy is simply karma at work

    Voranai Vanijaka, Published on 10/10/2012

    » Politics and organised crime are not strange bedfellows in any country, but what makes a country like Thailand stand out is that it’s a norm, rather than an exception. It is well practised and celebrated, out in the open and in the face of society, rather than skeletons hidden in the closet.

  • OPINION

    Southern discomfort

    News, Voranai Vanijaka, Published on 05/08/2012

    » The mantra is 'cover your behind, secure the budget and never mind the truth'According to Deep South Watch, since 2004 and as of June 2012, there have been 11,754 violent incidents in the three southernmost provinces of Yala, Pattani and Narathiwat, and counting. Casualties are at 14,343, with 5,206 people dead, and counting.

  • OPINION

    Kittiratt, I love the way you lie

    News, Voranai Vanijaka, Published on 26/08/2012

    » For Finance Minister Kittiratt Na-Ranong the issue isn't that he lied, or admitted that he lied. The issue is his belief that he has the right to lie. That he believes it was good for the country that he told a lie.

  • OPINION

    Liberty and justice for who?

    News, Voranai Vanijaka, Published on 08/04/2012

    » So when it is a societal norm for one man to crawl to serve another, how can there be freedom and justice in such a society?

  • OPINION

    Painting a picture

    News, Voranai Vanijaka, Published on 11/03/2012

    » Plainclothes police are staking out the hideout, snipers lock on to their targets from the tops of surrounding buildings and a truckload of Swat team members are hiding nearby _ it's the quiet before the storm. Suspects all accounted for in the hideout, check. Certain evidence confirmed in the hideout, check. Communication lines secured, neighbourhood cleared, weapons locked and loaded, full metal jackets in place, check, check and check.

  • OPINION

    Rumour Has It

    News, Voranai Vanijaka, Published on 18/03/2012

    » It is true that Thailand is xenophobic. The history of foreign powers nibbling at and chewing off our former vassal states in the past has caused us to be overly paranoid about foreign land ownership now. It was also annoying to find out that there's always a bigger bully out there with a longer stick.

  • OPINION

    Trust no One

    News, Voranai Vanijaka, Published on 22/01/2012

    » Some have expressed incredulity that Thailand could possibly be a target for international terrorists. But why should anyone be incredulous? Are we not standing at the gateway of the Golden Triangle, renowned for its drug trade? Have we forgotten a Russian arms dealer named Viktor Bout? Are we not familiar with the presence of international organised crime gangs in cities like Bangkok and Pattaya? Most anyone can come and go, or come and stay with visa runs.

  • NEWS

    The things that I'm certain will happen in 2012, Even though I'm sure they won't happen

    Spectrum, Voranai Vanijaka, Published on 01/01/2012

    » The top stories, the bombastic personalities and the tragic events _ the news is a dish of vibrant tastes. You know them. You lived through them. News that made you laugh, columns that made you cry; stories that had you foaming at the mouth, developments that left your stomach churning.

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