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    Art helps us see through the fog of war

    News, Kong Rithdee, Published on 16/08/2014

    » Her mother is Christian. Her father is Muslim. What is she?


    Hope lives on as cave rescue crisis unfolds

    News, Kong Rithdee, Published on 30/06/2018

    » Time is not on their side, and not on ours. To beat nature and to outrun time -- and what cruel nature and pitiless time -- we give it everything we have.


    Yingluck gets earful as the play goes on

    News, Kong Rithdee, Published on 26/08/2017

    » The suspense, then the anticlimax. The adrenaline, then the warrant.


    'Boss' strides atop pyramid of injustice

    News, Kong Rithdee, Published on 01/04/2017

    » The boss walks free. The boss is the boss. The boss dines in France and snowboards in Japan. The boss rules the road and tramples the law. In the pyramid of privilege, the boss stays on top. In the food chain of injustice, the boss reminds us again, and again and again, who the boss is.


    When writing is a crime, we all risk exile

    News, Kong Rithdee, Published on 28/02/2015

    » The risks of writing are many, especially when what you write pricks the hot-air balloon of sanctimony: You risk hatred, invective, threats, anonymous phone calls at midnight, mysterious motorcyclists outside your doors and bullets sprayed into your living room. You risk jail terms. But the worst, I imagine, is the risk of banishment, of voluntary exile that’s not actually voluntary. Maybe the worst risk of all hits you once you’ve left on a one-way ticket: the risk of nostalgia.


    To our charter drafters, 'we' means them

    News, Kong Rithdee, Published on 01/11/2014

    » On a radio news show with a pair of boot-licking hosts (no shortage of them), a guest speaker phoned in recently to talk about the future. His future? Mine, yours, ours? Never mind. The guest was one of the oracles to sit on the Charter Drafting Committee (CDC), and he sounded smart, well-meaning, with just a slight hint of the Chosen One's god-given arrogance. Which is the best we can expect from those who are handpicked in dark corridors, plucked like vintage grapes by the generals due to their supposed virtue, intelligence, loyalty, servitude, sycophancy, bloodline — anything except a connection with the Evil One.


    Ferrari boys drive us all to distraction

    News, Kong Rithdee, Published on 03/05/2014

    » The Ferrari boys have made our blood boil. Cruising Bangkok’s streets in their super-steeds, the two kids with rich dads, speaking in faux English accents, expound their beliefs on how the country is being ruined and how it should be run, how immoral the Thaksin regime is and how their friendship, forged in battle, is stronger than steel, or something like that. It sounded like they rehearsed the script in front of a mirror for days, for they were so happy to hear the sound of their own voices, to show the world how great it is to be themselves.


    We can teach China a few cyber cop tricks

    News, Kong Rithdee, Published on 17/08/2013

    » Send me gifts of Line stickers. Brown, Cony, Mickey, Monsters University, Kerokerokeroppi, whatever - faster, before the tech-savvy Thai police spoil the party and shut the chat down.

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