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  • OPINION

    The hand that feeds them

    News, Alan Dawson, Published on 03/03/2019

    » When the columnists and panjandrums and degree-clutchers come to analyse the state of Thailand in mid- and late May, it's probably this past week that will fascinate them.

  • OPINION

    The kids are all right

    News, Alan Dawson, Published on 28/10/2018

    » <i>Prathet Ku Mee</i> is no slapped-together concert song. It wasn't made, so much as crafted. The accusatory lyrics are set against the shameful, hovering background of the 1976 dictators' massacre at Thammasat University. The rap song's finale brings the background image of the hanged, beaten student to the front of the picture, before fading out to the hopeful message, "All people unite".

  • OPINION

    The three gutsy peers

    News, Alan Dawson, Published on 16/09/2018

    » The six-month Bangkok Shutdown campaign may have given off an aura of fun and games with a positive outcome for the green shirts and a negative one for the reds.

  • OPINION

    Promises, promises

    News, Alan Dawson, Published on 19/08/2018

    » The general prime minister is off to the South this week. The trip to Chumphon has been planned for a while, so the irony is coincidental.

  • OPINION

    Art of the graft

    News, Alan Dawson, Published on 03/06/2018

    » Coup leader Gen (Ret) Prayut Chan-o-cha first mentioned his programme concerning corruption in late May, 2014, not long after seizing power. It was so long ago that there wasn't even a National Council for Peace and Order (NCPO). It was still called the National Peace and Order Maintaining Council (NPOMC).

  • OPINION

    A mad, mad week

    News, Alan Dawson, Published on 20/05/2018

    » Week Three of the 2019-2020 election campaign was Crazy Week. There always is at least one.

  • OPINION

    Rice pledging scheme deja vu

    News, Alan Dawson, Published on 06/11/2016

    » In the early 1980s, as a post-Vietnam war peace took shape in Southeast Asia, Thailand made an important decision. To be more correct, Thailand decided not to decide about rice.

  • OPINION

    Digital Tu

    News, Alan Dawson, Published on 21/10/2018

    » In the week the general prime minister saw Trump's Twitter bet and raised him by 400%, he did something even more political. He stopped the march to enactment of the Cybersecurity Act in its tracks.

  • OPINION

    The good old days

    News, Alan Dawson, Published on 09/09/2018

    » If you've ever said in support of the coup regime that, yes, it's great that junta and government are dedicated to returning Thailand to those good old days, then you'll be forever grateful to the national police chief and the whole bunch of the unreformed Royal Thai Police.

  • OPINION

    Punishment and crime

    News, Alan Dawson, Published on 10/09/2017

    » A country without clear rule of law is a nation adrift. Citizens have pride, patriotism but little control or input to their own country's future.

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