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    'My country's got' these socio-political ills

    News, Thitinan Pongsudhirak, Published on 02/11/2018

    » The explosive Rap Against Dictatorship music video that has taken Thailand by storm has raised myriad socio-political questions and issues. Known in Thai as <i>Prathet Ku Mee</i>, the sensational music video has been viewed on YouTube more than 25 million times in just 10 days in a country of 69 million people, a feat in its own right and a record for its artistic kind in Thailand. How this five-minute rap song in the Thai language has done so much says a lot about where Thailand has been and where it is going.

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    'Unelected' Prayut warns against political forums

    Published on 19/09/2014

    » Prayut Chan-o-cha reminded academics and activists on Friday that he is not an elected prime minister and said he will not allow political forums to derail his reconciliation campaign.

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    Prawit saga 'a political football'

    News, Post Reporters, Published on 03/02/2018

    » The Chulalongkorn-Thammasat Traditional Football Match, an annual event that kicks off on Saturday, is famous for featuring satirical effigies of government figures a rite that this year could have grave consequences given the growing watch scandal involving Deputy Prime Minister Prawit Wongsuwon.

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    Revamp the military

    News, Postbag, Published on 23/02/2019

    » Let's briefly consider local geopolitics and the Thai military. Thailand needs China like it needs another coup. However, China needs Thailand for a variety of reasons. The US has had a longstanding favourable relationship with Thailand and is its most powerful ally.

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    Political musings

    Life, Published on 11/01/2016

    » Politicians are sometimes regarded with disdain, but Asst Prof Trirong Suwankhiri from the Democrat Party is often exempt from such an unfriendly regard. The public, especially those who have grown up observing the politics of the 1980s and 90s, remember him as "Doctor Sam Sri", which refers to the meaning of his name -- "the Thai flag with three colours". A true orator, Trirong's parliamentary debates were full of humour and gags and delivered in his signature thick southern accent. What sets him apart is not just his comical nature, but his relatively corruption-free image.

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    French ambassador dodges lese majeste request

    News, Achara Ashayagachat, Published on 16/07/2015

    » The French ambassador has told the justice minister that "France doesn't have a lese majeste law" after being asked this week about whether France would extradite three Thais wanted here for insulting the monarchy.

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    Through the prism of history

    Life, Kong Rithdee, Published on 04/10/2019

    » The book's title is printed on its spine: Prism Of Photography: Dispersion Of Knowledge And Memories Of The 6 October Massacre. Thereafter, from the first page on, we have only photographs with no captions.

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    Senators seen as PM puppets

    News, Post Reporters, Published on 15/05/2019

    » At least 160 or two-thirds of the 250 newly appointed senators are close associates of the regime with military or police backgrounds, sparking criticism that the Upper House is a tool to extend the regime's rule, which critics say would renew political conflict and create a fresh impasse.

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    PM dismisses TV show revival

    News, Published on 10/08/2019

    » Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha has dismissed reports of his weekly talk show, which was on air for five years during his time at the helm of the National Council of Peace and Order (NCPO), making a comeback.

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    Separating fact from fiction

    Life, Suwitcha Chaiyong, Published on 01/07/2019

    » Last October, Singapore's online news channel Asia One reported a gruesome story from Thailand. It alleged that a vegetarian restaurant in Bangkok served human flesh to diners. The news went viral, and was quickly picked up by various news outlets worldwide, including The Sun and the Daily Mail in the UK, and Newsweek in the US.

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