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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.

  • NEWS

    Rough road ahead

    News, Alan Dawson, Published on 21/01/2018

    » The general prime minister, aka the politician who used to be a soldier, is strolling into a battleground and exhibits no sign he is aware of it.

  • NEWS

    Silence rewarded

    News, Alan Dawson, Published on 05/11/2017

    » The prosecutor of Pattani province officially dropped the army's charges under the criminal defamation and Computer Crime Act laws against three civil rights veterans who had the audacity to detail 54 incidents of torture in the deep South and publish a book about them, entitled <i>Torture</i>.

  • NEWS

    Peak army

    News, Alan Dawson, Published on 29/10/2017

    » We have seen Thais come together so many times, but never like that.

  • NEWS

    The Intimidation Game

    News, Alan Dawson, Published on 22/10/2017

    » The military government has a propaganda unit. People know this, including reporter-people, which includes us, and editor-people. But they still call the chief manipulator of regime propaganda a "government spokesman". A two-star general whose sole task is to justify military actions without ever admitting an error was possible is also, on all front pages and news broadcasts, a military "spokesman".

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