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  • OPINION

    Art of the graft

    News, Alan Dawson, Published on 03/06/2018

    » Coup leader Gen (Ret) Prayut Chan-o-cha first mentioned his programme concerning corruption in late May, 2014, not long after seizing power. It was so long ago that there wasn't even a National Council for Peace and Order (NCPO). It was still called the National Peace and Order Maintaining Council (NPOMC).

  • NEWS

    Losers

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

    » Voldemort's sister

  • 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.

  • OPINION

    Rice pledging scheme deja vu

    News, Alan Dawson, Published on 06/11/2016

    » In the early 1980s, as a post-Vietnam war peace took shape in Southeast Asia, Thailand made an important decision. To be more correct, Thailand decided not to decide about rice.

  • OPINION

    It's the corruption, stupid

    News, Alan Dawson, Published on 27/05/2018

    » After promising the nation a Mercedes Benz C-500 of an anti-regime protest, activists produced a three-owner 2007 Toyota Corolla gathering. It impressed and struck fear into the hearts of, well, no one.

  • THAILAND

    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.

  • NEWS

    Winners

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

    » The Watchman

  • 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

    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.

  • OPINION

    A rough landing

    News, Alan Dawson, Published on 13/08/2017

    » The media treatment of the Don Mueang immigration mess made it seem like a new and unexpected event. As in <i>Casablanca</i>, officials were shocked -- shocked -- to find gambolling in the arrivals hall.

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