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    The strong arm of the law

    News, Alan Dawson, Published on 05/08/2018

    » The most heavily armed military member in Thailand in the most heavily armed unit of the Royal Thai Armed Forces is the head of the Judge Advocate-General (JAG) office of the National Council for Peace and Order (NCPO).

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    The empty chairs of Buri Ram

    News, Alan Dawson, Published on 13/05/2018

    » The general prime minister packed his kit for yet another two-day trip to the provinces, an adoring welcome and ownership of every front page in his country.

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    Data security a foreign concept

    News, Alan Dawson, Published on 22/04/2018

    » You'd think that just about the worst thing that could happen in today's charged smartphone-internet intersection is the theft of many thousands of the most important identification documents and personal details of mobile phone owners. But you'd be wrong.

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    No, really, Big Brother is watching

    News, Alan Dawson, Published on 25/06/2017

    » The Big Three of International Computing have convinced tens of millions of customers to spy on themselves. Considering this, what's the big deal when the government listens in too -- well, apart from the going-to-jail part -- at least?

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    Engine failure

    News, Alan Dawson, Published on 04/12/2016

    » The green shirts last week got what they came for back in May 2014. While happiness was returned to the National Council for Peace and Order, it became unclear how long it will last.

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    The big issue: Enter China with a big stick

    Alan Dawson, Published on 29/05/2016

    » First, a brief summary before last week. The official slogan of the military regime is Thailand 4.0, which no one can explain but looks better than Digital Thailand. The unofficial slogan is Control the Internet. The official policy is Arrest Internet Troublemakers. The internet police roundel now sports the motto, We Know What You Did Last Night on Facebook. The regime Plan That Must Never Be Named is "One Gateway to Rule Them All". Finally, there is no change to the military order of the day which is — No Change.

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    The big issue: Stop reading my texts

    Alan Dawson, Published on 08/05/2016

    » In the 1990s (young people’s guide — way back in the last century) old fuddy-duddies who knew jack about digital data and those consarned new computers and email stuff got caught because they didn’t realise computer systems remember stuff. Even when it's deleted, data hangs around on a computer disk.

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    The big issue: Card tricks

    Alan Dawson, Published on 20/12/2015

    » If the government has done one thing right since the army’s commanding general became the general prime minister, this wasn't it.

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    The big issue: When terror spreads its wings

    Alan Dawson, Published on 22/11/2015

    » The first time Airports of Thailand announced a spiffy new security system, the top song was Change Clothes by the exciting new rapper Jay-Z. George W Bush was not only US president, but he was in Bangkok, and he urged prime minister Voldemort (later Lord Voldemort) to put in this new system and bring Don Mueang, the official international airport, up to date with the rest of the world.

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    The Big Issue: Ghost of the South

    Alan Dawson, Published on 08/11/2015

    » When yet another wave of bombs exploded in Yala 10 days ago and knocked out most of the electricity in the province, military authorities announced quickly that they know who was behind the terrorism.

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