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    Chaiyaphum owed more than lost data

    News, Kong Rithdee, Published on 11/08/2018

    » In the age of video clips, one video clip is absent. At a time when we're inundated by cat clips, dog clips, accident clips, slap clips, brawl clips, grope clips, chase clips, murder clips -- when we even have clips recorded from the depths of a dark cave where light hardly reaches -- it's amazing that one crucial clip, shot in broad daylight, is missing, lost or made to be lost forever, along with transparency and maybe justice.

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    Time to let Wild Boars roam freely

    News, Kong Rithdee, Published on 14/07/2018

    » If nature was mother, the cave the womb, the divers the midwives, then the 12 boys and their football coach have experienced a rebirth -- the strangest rebirth because, held captive inside the wet catacomb for 18 days, they were reborn after escaping death by the skin of their teeth.

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    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.

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    Spoken crime tells the tale of two singers

    News, Kong Rithdee, Published on 31/03/2018

    » In a rare ruling, on Thursday the Criminal Court acquitted firebrand and former-singer Tom Dundee in a lese majeste case. He actually pleaded guilty, but in a legal paradox that is as baffling as it is mitigating, the court said it could not rule against the defendant despite his guilty plea since the prosecution failed to provide substantial evidence.

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    A comedy likely to end only in horror

    News, Kong Rithdee, Published on 03/02/2018

    » The junta can read the stars and history and they must know this isn't going to end well. As frustration grows, as protests form, as their support ebbs even their idol Gen Prem Tinsulanonda flat-out said so they amp up censorship and tighten the squeeze, not with gusto but with desperation. With Deputy Prime Minister Gen Prawit Wongsuwon looking increasingly like a plump Chinese deity on the verge of losing his worshippers, the regime reacts with force, gagging tactics and plain old bullying.

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    We're all in, or under, the army now

    News, Kong Rithdee, Published on 10/06/2017

    » Consider a hypothetical scenario: You're driving and your car accidentally bumps into the vehicle in front of you. The driver of the other car steps out. It's just an accident, but the thing is, he's a military officer in his shining uniform. What would your first reaction be?

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    Pray against intolerance in the far South

    News, Kong Rithdee, Published on 18/02/2017

    » Being a teenager is hard. Being a teenager in the deep South is harder. Being an LGBT teenager is also hard. And being an LGBT teenager in the deep South is even harder, sometimes the hardest.

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    Charter tune plays like a broken record

    News, Kong Rithdee, Published on 11/06/2016

    » One song is championed, the other outlawed. One song hides its prejudices in the subconscious, the other clear in its messages. Both songs are about the referendum. That is, in case we still have the referendum, because it's almost safer now to bet on Albania winning Euro 2016 than on our slippery Aug 7 poll taking place.

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    Sandcastles in sky and 'our' Leicester win

    News, Kong Rithdee, Published on 21/05/2016

    » So unsure of ourselves, we grab a straw and think it is a rope. So unconfident of our place in the world, we find an excuse to vaunt it as national pride. Sandcastles? Maybe, and while everyone enjoys building sandcastles, only children think they're real and want to live out their lives in one.

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    The fifty shades of censorship

    News, Kong Rithdee, Published on 14/02/2015

    » So, in the past week, what has got through the censors? What, in art and in academia, has slipped past the iron curtain of our saintly, this-is-not-dictatorship authorities?

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