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  • OPINION

    Custom clashes with politics in Banharn Buri

    Veera Prateepchaikul, Published on 27/01/2015

    » It happened in Suphan Buri, often called Banharn Buri – the province dominated by former prime minister Banharn Silpa-archa, advisory chairman of the Chart Thai Pattana Party.

  • OPINION

    Will the Empire strike back at the Skywalkers?

    News, Atiya Achakulwisut, Published on 17/12/2019

    » The dark spectre of street politics has returned to a deeply polarised society, as the ruling conservatives try to hold on to their unstable coalition over a feast of shark fin soup.

  • OPINION

    The lighter side of politics

    Guru, Pornchai Sereemongkonpol, Published on 30/03/2018

    » Amid the deluge of headlines that pop up on my (and perhaps your) smartphone screen, a few manage to catch my attention with their unexpected funniness especially those regarding Thai politics. Some are so ironic, they are jokes. Not sure what I'm getting at? Here are a few examples for your entertainment. After reading too many corruption scandals involving state officials, one just needs a few laughs, y'know.

  • OPINION

    Leaks aren't always good for politics or journalism

    News, Published on 19/10/2016

    » Editor's note: This column contains language that some readers may find offensive Both journalism and politics now live in the leak culture, and both professions will be forever changed by it. Both have always benefited from leaks of some kind, from the officially authorised to the criminally filched. But today's ability to download and disseminate vast banks of information constitutes a new chapter in journalistic and political practice. Wikileaks has put US diplomatic cables in the public domain, followed by the much riskier leaking of sensitive files from the National Security Agency and that followed by the leaking of the Panama Papers, which showed how the rich secretly contrive to get richer.

  • OPINION

    Politics is sport for Newin

    News, Published on 08/09/2018

    » Newin Chidchob, a veteran politician who has turned his focus to football and motorsport in the northeastern province of Buri Ram, has made headlines again as the regime is expected to ease its ban on political activities some time this month.

  • OPINION

    About politics

    News, Published on 18/11/2017

    » Prayut's 'fresh faces' question steeped in contradictions v Regime keeps watchful eye on Pheu Thai Party as it mulls lifting the political ban v Rajabhakti Park: Pride of the army or simply a den of graft?

  • OPINION

    Colouring politics with musical tradition

    News, Published on 27/06/2017

    » In the world of Thai traditional music, there is a highly esteemed competition, known as prachan, in which groups of musicians battle each other to produce the best pieces. The practice resembles a political fight in many ways.

  • OPINION

    About politics

    News, Published on 18/03/2017

    » Politicians of all hues have put aside their differences to remember Yuwadee Tunyasiri v Pathum Thani monks reticent about finding fault with Phra Dhammajayo v City police chief Sanit gets a temporary reprieve from the Ombudsman

  • OPINION

    About politics

    News, Published on 01/10/2016

    » Gen Udomdej has weathered a lot of storms, but his biggest test is coming v The rice scheme net is widening after Yingluck's bill of 35.7 billion baht v The waters are still a little muddy over the power of the next Senate

  • 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.

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