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    Funeral pyres lit in our dark night of shame

    News, Kong Rithdee, Published on 12/05/2012

    » Light the funeral pyres. Two, not just one. Throw in the conflagration the corpse not of man but of the basic right citizens in any sane society should be able to exercise: the right to speak, and the right to watch film.


    Winning with a negative vote is an impossibility

    News, Kong Rithdee, Published on 02/03/2013

    » I thought I would go to hell, I mean to the poll, quietly come tomorrow. I thought I wouldn't have to be a cantankerous, sardonic, petulant voter and simply close one eye and ear and accept my fate as a democratic Bangkokian who fantasises about living in SimCity. Born and raised and lost and having no wish to leave here, I wonder if the angels have fled Krungthep, or if they're still watching us metastasise - restless, stupefied, drunk by the sunlight-ricocheted concrete daze - and yet keeping on sprouting, blooming, like a tree, or like cancer.


    Remembering Roger Ebert

    Life, Kong Rithdee, Published on 09/04/2013

    » Last Wednesday Roger Ebert announced on his blog that he'd take a "leave of presence", meaning generally that he'd be writing less, due to the reappearance of cancer in his body. On Thursday, I saw a wire service report about that and put it in this section for the Friday paper. Little did I know. Little did we all know.


    On the ‘right’ side of crime and impunity

    News, Kong Rithdee, Published on 02/09/2017

    » Crime and punishment, or crime and impunity? For most people, the former. For the powerful, the well connected, for those on the right side of history, maybe the latter.


    Mahathir's win shows voting works

    News, Kong Rithdee, Published on 12/05/2018

    » This week all my friends went to vote. In Malaysia, of course.

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