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  • THAILAND

    Project Singapore gathers pace

    News, Alan Dawson, Published on 23/04/2017

    » Bangkok is a semi-province under the central regime, "governed" (literally) by a police general, Aswin Kwanmuang. He was working at City Hall when the general prime minister tapped him on the shoulder last October and dubbed him Baron of Bangkok, lord of all that the military regime doesn't want to bother with.

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    Rule of law

    News, Alan Dawson, Published on 25/03/2018

    » When your main tool is a hammer, the cliche notes well, then after a while, every problem looks like a nail. The general prime minister has wielded a totally personal, custom-made, gold-plated hammer for the past four years, and even has given it a cute nickname.

  • THAILAND

    What is Tu to do?

    News, Alan Dawson, Published on 31/12/2017

    » Uncle Tu took the cabinet upcountry yet again, and yet again they came back wondering why the heck they didn't stay in Bangkok, where they're obviously more comfortable and no one expects them to do awkward, ethnic stuff.

  • THAILAND

    Living the high life

    News, Alan Dawson, Published on 24/12/2017

    » A week ago today we told a first-time visitor from the beautiful US state of Colorado to forget about seeing "the real, so-called authentic Thailand" because there isn't a square centimetre where tourists do not tread. The next day we set out on a family trip to places with not a foreign face in sight (one obvious exception).

  • THAILAND

    Skyline Ridge defenders receive their due at last

    Spectrum, Alan Dawson, Published on 08/09/2013

    » The Battle for Skyline Ridge lasted 108 days, involved thousands of troops from four countries, war planes from three, and is probably the least known important military engagement in recent history.

  • THAILAND

    Lo Hsing Han: the life and crimes of Asia's heroin king

    Spectrum, Alan Dawson, Published on 21/07/2013

    » Lo Hsing Han, who was buried in Yangon last week, led three exciting lives in his 80 or so years.

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