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    Regime cyber walls risk freezing Thailand's progress

    News, Songkran Grachangnetara, Published on 06/10/2015

    » The single internet gateway fiasco has unmasked what the military regime envisages as the kind of society Thailand should be. A single path towards "happiness", a single roadmap to Thai-style democracy, a single mindset for "Thainess", governed by a single internet gateway to ensure only the "right" information is consumed by society.

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    PM needs to send the right message

    News, Songkran Grachangnetara, Published on 28/09/2015

    » The recent discovery of two guardian deity sculptures at the Bangkok City Pillar Shrine is of significance for Thailand, and due credit must be given to the War Veterans Organisation and the Fine Arts Department. I have a penchant for historical and cultural artefacts that tell us more about who we are and where we came from as a nation. We are blessed with such an abundantly beautiful and rich cultural heritage, something which we unfortunately take for granted.

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    Prayut's stance at UN must stand the test of logic

    News, Songkran Grachangnetara, Published on 21/09/2015

    » As a Thai citizen I would like to wish Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha and his delegation good luck on his imminent visit to the annual United Nations General Assembly in New York.

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    Thailand needs a new constitution free from fear

    News, Songkran Grachangnetara, Published on 18/08/2015

    » In the entire history of the world, human beings have come up with some pretty outrageous ideas, like the man who solved the problem of his low ceiling by chopping off his legs. In my view, the Constitution Drafting Committee's (CDC) so-called crisis committee, inserted in the draft constitution, is a far worse idea. The Borwornsak draft constitution has hit a new low, because the crisis committee will essentially attempt to institutionalise military coups. It will seek to legitimise the illegitimate and make lawful what is inherently unlawful, which is an abomination to the very concept and study of law. It is nothing less than constitutional heresy!

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    Thailand on global trial

    News, Songkran Grachangnetara, Published on 15/07/2015

    » As a direct result of the military coup in 2014, all international observers have their eyes on Thailand. We are in the spotlight, but not in a good way. Instead of proudly taking our place on the world stage with dignity and honour, Thailand finds itself on trial by the international community.

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    The silence is deafening

    News, Songkran Grachangnetara, Published on 07/07/2015

    » What kind of society is the junta creating when the peaceful "New Democracy Movement" protesters, all in their early twenties, are jailed without due process, to have their fate decided on by a military tribunal? Without any doubt the junta's behaviour in this matter is utterly deplorable. But what is soul-destroying is the comfortable silence from certain sections of our society. You can almost hear a pin drop. The leader of the Democrat Party? Not a sound. Venerable statesmen? Not a squeak. Or maybe the rector of Thammasat University would like to voice his objection? Not a single word. Ladies and gentlemen, right or wrong, the only people that have demonstrated any courage at all through this episode are the 14 kids in jail, while the adults hide.

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    Thailand's political landscape rivals that of 'Hamlet'

    News, Songkran Grachangnetara, Published on 02/06/2015

    » I was recently invited by the British ambassador to attend a performance of Shakespeare's 'Hamlet' organised by The British Council and the British embassy at Chulalongkorn University. I must admit to never having seen Hamlet but I'm glad I finally did because it rather reminded me in parts of what's happening here in Thailand.

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    Only real democracy will solve Thailand's problems

    News, Songkran Grachangnetara, Published on 29/01/2015

    » In my view, the Yingluck Shinawatra impeachment proceedings were shameful and will go down in history as one of the most horrendous events in modern Thai history.

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    True statesmen share power and avoid victor's justice

    News, Songkran Grachangnetara, Published on 10/12/2014

    » As a staunch supporter of democracy and as a writer, I now face what I shall call the "democrat's dilemma".

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