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    Democracy is a creation of the people, not an elite few

    News, Suranand Vejjajiva, Published on 22/10/2014

    » As the National Reform Council (NRC) has convened and will soon begin to plunge into the so-called "reform" process with all the nitty-gritty details, a few points must be considered.

  • OPINION

    Modern world leaders are just walking cliches

    News, Leonid Bershidsky, Published on 30/07/2019

    » One of the most striking things about Boris Johnson, who became UK prime minister, is how precisely he fits the stereotype of the eccentric upper-class Brit. With his elevation, Britain joins several major nations led by people who embody their national stereotypes and not the best of them at that. However, it could be argued that it's leaders defying such cliches who take their countries forward.

  • OPINION

    Focus needed as Rakhine crisis widens

    Oped, Published on 28/02/2019

    » With the Trump-Kim summit in Hanoi dominating news coverage and election campaigns in key regional states such as India, Indonesia and Thailand offering daily distractions, it is difficult to generate genuine interest in the continuing humanitarian and security crisis in and around Rakhine state in Myanmar. But it would be dangerous to move the issue to the back burner.

  • OPINION

    Apirat singing wrong hymn sheet

    News, Ploenpote Atthakor, Published on 20/02/2019

    » Army chief Apirat Kongsompong's harsh reaction to the idea of politicians who want to push for military reform has triggered a number of questions.

  • OPINION

    Call off rap song probe

    News, Editorial, Published on 30/10/2018

    » Just as the sun rises every day, the Royal Thai Police and its Technology Crime Suppression Division (TCSD) were predictably quick to pounce on the flash-mob popularity of song sensations Rap Against Dictatorship (RAD).

  • OPINION

    'Yellow vests' just want their aspirations respected

    News, Published on 06/12/2018

    » Just over 50 years ago, Jacques Tati's Playtime opened in French movie theatres. In the comedy, Tati once again features his iconic character, Monsieur Hulot, the confused but courtly Parisian who confronts the challenges of a rapidly modernising France. This time, Mr Hulot tries to navigate the shining and sleek newly developed periphery of Paris, suddenly bristling with buildings and streets that are indistinguishable from one another. The camera captures the hopelessness of Mr Hulot's quest when it focuses on a rond-point, or traffic circle, around which slow-moving cars and buses, like brightly coloured horses on a merry-go-round, circle endlessly.

  • OPINION

    Future Forward Party -- whose future?

    News, Published on 01/11/2018

    » Branding itself as a choice for first-time voters, both the "red" and "yellow" middle-class Thais who are tired of the military regime and colour-coded conflicts, the newly formed Future Forward Party is by far one of the most prominent parties in Thai politics.

  • 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

    Xi's not for turning? Don't be so sure

    News, Published on 05/12/2018

    » As president-for-life, China's Xi Jinping is neither bound by rules nor limited by rivals. He has upended a careful political balance by concentrating power in his own hands, and overturned a cautious approach to foreign policy, while throwing in jail anyone he views as a threat. China's most dominant leader since Mao Zedong now has 90 days to head off an all-out trade war with the US provoked, in part, by his own mercantilist policies. Can anybody convince him to make a U-turn?

  • OPINION

    Public starts to reject our abnormalities

    News, Paritta Wangkiat, Published on 29/10/2018

    » The rap song with music video <i>Prathet Ku Mee</i> (My Country's Got It) by a rapper group called Rap Against Dictatorship (RAD) has truly sent shockwaves into our society, with views surpassing surpassing 12 million in a very short time.

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