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  • OPINION

    Political cases may bode ill for democracy

    Oped, Surasak Glahan, Published on 28/02/2019

    » The uniquely Thai way of sabotaging popular political parties and their leaders with surprising ease yielded further progress yesterday, as the fate of the executives at the helm of the Future Forward Party (FFP) and Thai Raksa Chart Party (TRC) were left hanging in the balance.

  • OPINION

    How will post-poll Thailand look?

    News, Surasak Glahan, Published on 20/08/2018

    » Now the Election Commission and the National Council for Peace and Order have promised to hold the general election on Feb 24 next year, should we remain hopeful that the move will eventually lead Thailand to transition into a more democratic state? The answer largely depends on our expectations of the outcome, as well as the form of democracy that we want -- and we can look southeasterly to Cambodia, or westerly to Myanmar to get a rough idea of what Thailand's new beginning may be like.

  • OPINION

    'Stupid' locals label mocks Thai-ism aims

    News, Surasak Glahan, Published on 19/03/2018

    » How do you feel if the state says it wants to hear about your plight in order to offer you help, but still holds a view that you are too "stupid" to think for yourself and continues to strictly forbid you from expressing your grievances unless it approves of the platform where you have your say?

  • OPINION

    Billionaire activist holds out hope of new era

    News, Surasak Glahan, Published on 05/03/2018

    » Canada has 46-year-old Justin Trudeau as prime minister. France has Emmanuel Macron, 40. New Zealand has Jacinda Ardern, 37. What kind of a national leader will Thailand have after the election next year?

  • OPINION

    Govt 'victories' become our nightmares

    News, Surasak Glahan, Published on 27/05/2017

    » Being overly critical of the National Council for Peace and Order (NCPO) may not help if you want to be in a state of sanity while gauging its three-year performance and trying to understand why the regime and its cheerleaders still think it has done a great job and should prolong its stay in power.

  • OPINION

    Regime must open up, this Valentine's

    News, Surasak Glahan, Published on 14/02/2017

    » Today, the government is making the best out of Valentine's Day. It will kick off a mission to forge, and force, love and unity upon those who are part of the decade-long political divide. To heal the pain, bridge the differences and move on, the regime has unsurprisingly resorted to a top-down military style of work.

  • OPINION

    Voters in the dark about reform 'changes'

    News, Surasak Glahan, Published on 06/08/2016

    » Reform has become the buzz-word in the context of pre- and post-2014 coup Thailand. First, the defunct People's Democratic Reform Committee made a demand for national reform before elections. Since the military staged the coup, national reform has also been part of the key agenda of the National Council for Peace and Order (NCPO). Now, the draft constitution that will be decided at the referendum tomorrow promises national reform as part of its key elements.

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