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    Power is the regime's drug

    News, Editorial, Published on 15/05/2019

    » If power is as addictive as a drug, the military regime must have been overdosed with its latest appointment of its trusted friends and family members who will run the Senate for the next five years and have a say in the selection of at least two prime ministers.

  • OPINION

    Trumping Cambodian democracy

    News, Joshua Kurlantzick, Published on 05/12/2017

    » Over the last year, Cambodia's ruling party, the Cambodian People's Party (CPP), has dramatically increased its pressure on its political opponents and civil society. Democracy in Cambodia has always been fraught, and elections are not completely free and fair. But the current crackdown is much greater in scope, and far more concerning, in part because it is being enabled by American apathy.

  • OPINION

    Funeral books shed light on People's Party

    News, Suthachai Yimprasert, Published on 24/06/2017

    » The 1932 memorial plaque incident is a key political event that we will be commemorating in what is a markedly different atmosphere relative to years past.

  • OPINION

    Updating the war on drugs

    News, Editorial, Published on 22/11/2016

    » Governments and security agencies worldwide are always trying to catch up with society. Nothing illustrates this like the global rethink on the four-decade war on drugs. Justice Minister Paiboon Koomchaya continues to look for a policy that somehow acknowledges both a common disgust with the "war", and the fact that the public is becoming better educated and more tolerant of its actual dangers.

  • OPINION

    Women seen as effective suicide bombers

    News, Tobin Harshaw, Published on 12/04/2016

    » On a list of history's most notorious assassins, alongside John Wilkes Booth, Lee Harvey Oswald and Gavrilo Princip, the name Thenmozhi Rajaratnam would probably draw mostly blank stares. But in her way, the Tamil Tiger terrorist -- who blew up herself, the Indian leader Rajiv Gandhi and 13 others in May 1991 -- has perhaps had the largest lasting influence.

  • OPINION

    We need to fight homophobia at home

    News, Paisarn Likhitpreechakul, Published on 14/06/2016

    » As the world reels in shock and sorrow from the Orlando gay club shooting which killed at least 50 people and injured many more in Florida, some jumped to lay blame on the faith of the shooter, who was said to have been angered by the sight of two men kissing.

  • OPINION

    Define 'referendum'

    News, Postbag, Published on 13/04/2016

    » Re: "State spies out on prowl for referendum mischief", (BP, April 11).

  • OPINION

    The sexual politics of 2016 and redefining masculinity

    News, David Brooks, Published on 30/03/2016

    » In the middle of the Civil War, a colonel named Robert McAllister from the 11th Regiment of New Jersey tried to improve the moral fibre of his men. A Presbyterian railroad contractor in private life, he lobbied and preached against profanity, drinking, prostitution and gambling. Some of the line officers in the regiment, from less genteel backgrounds, rebelled.

  • OPINION

    Line stickers fail to do the values job

    News, Atiya Achakulwisut, Published on 23/12/2014

    » Do I remember the 12 values that supposedly make me a good Thai? No, I don't. Will I recognise any of them better if I get to send a sticker featuring a cartoon version of a woman prostrating herself with a thought bubble that says "sufficiency"? I don't think I will.

  • OPINION

    When in doubt, gag the dissenters

    News, Kong Rithdee, Published on 27/09/2014

    » Banning is the oldest trick in the authoritarian playbook, dating back to the pre-Medici, pre-Bolshevik, pre-YouTube era. It's placebo, and yet the illusion of efficiency still works like drugs among jittery leaders and strongmen who fear papers, images, testaments and sometimes truth.

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