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  • 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

    Life without populism

    News, Alan Dawson, Published on 06/05/2018

    » Once upon a time in a land very, very far away with a "government by the people, for the people" there was a plan to fix recalcitrant taxi drivers and make them pick up passengers, politely, and then to reward the drivers with a fare increase. And that plan was carried out in the faraway country, and passengers were happy to reward deserving, hard-working, uncomplaining taxi drivers.

  • OPINION

    The three gutsy peers

    News, Alan Dawson, Published on 16/09/2018

    » The six-month Bangkok Shutdown campaign may have given off an aura of fun and games with a positive outcome for the green shirts and a negative one for the reds.

  • NEWS

    A bad week

    News, Alan Dawson, Published on 25/02/2018

    » Bad week for the military regime. The antediluvians in green absorbed punishment from foreigners galore. Worse, at home, protesters judged to be disloyal Thais went on the streets. And after three years, eight months and some days, the courts put on their steel-toed boots and confronted the regime's rules.

  • OPINION

    A ripping yarn, but not the Pentagon Papers

    News, Alan Dawson, Published on 26/01/2018

    » <i>The Post</i>, opening for this weekend's cinema trade, is an unfortunate movie in the spirit of <i>All the President's Men</i> that lionises but lies about what happened during seminal moments in recent US history.

  • NEWS

    Losers

    News, Alan Dawson, Published on 14/01/2018

    » Voldemort's sister

  • NEWS

    Peak army

    News, Alan Dawson, Published on 29/10/2017

    » We have seen Thais come together so many times, but never like that.

  • NEWS

    SMOP is a flop

    News, Alan Dawson, Published on 08/10/2017

    » Last Sunday night, an anti-drug squad caught two men carrying 400kg of crystal methamphetamine from Myanmar, ya ice worth 400 million baht on the street. On Monday and on Tuesday, police in Udon Thani and Mukdahan busted two cross-Mekong shipments of compressed marijuana from Laos, now Japan's major weed supplier. Combined, they weighed a tonne.

  • NEWS

    Corruption and cover-ups

    News, Alan Dawson, Published on 29/01/2017

    » As they say in Narathiwat, it never rains but it pours. Wow! Sure, we asked about corruption, but we weren't expecting to be flooded out.

  • NEWS

    The Fakebook Diaries

    News, Alan Dawson, Published on 01/01/2017

    » Around 15 million or so people noticed last Tuesday that there was no bomb or large explosion anywhere in Bangkok. None of those people worked for Facebook, which is OK, but after the "explosion", people who work for Facebook insisted there was, actually, an explosion.

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