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    Thailand's tale told via 'The Nation'

    News, Thitinan Pongsudhirak, Published on 28/06/2019

    » Nearly five decades ago, The Nation newspaper started out as a pro-democracy, anti-military news organisation. It was fiercely independent and invariably hard-hitting vis-à-vis the powers-that-be. An English-language newspaper owned by Thais from the outset, it prided itself for having neither fear nor favour. Its lamentable expiry as a print newspaper today -- an online version will continue -- provides multiple parallels for Thailand's contemporary political history, ongoing polarisation and the changing nature of the business of journalism worldwide.

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    Let's get political (art)

    Guru, Pasavat Tanskul, Published on 08/03/2019

    » With the upcoming general election finally happening on Mar 24, the fate of the city hangs in the balance of voters hoping for some actual policy changes that leans toward democracy. However, some may express scepticism and while expressing one's doubts and criticism could be met with scorn and censorship, there are a few people who have expressed their opinions in other forms -- namely street art. Enter Headache Stencil, an anonymous masked political painter whose art usually deals with Thailand's recent social and political happenings.

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    Academics confident poll will proceed as planned

    News, Dumrongkiat Mala, Published on 23/02/2019

    » Political scientists yesterday expressed confidence that the March 24 general election would proceed as planned after concerns grew over army chief Gen Apirat Kongsompong's strong outbursts against proposed defence budget cuts by political parties.

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    PPRP young bloods come out fighting

    News, Nattaya Chetchotiros, Published on 17/12/2018

    » The upcoming election will give people a free hand to decide who they want to run the next government, which counters critics' arguments that the regime is out to prolong its grip on power, according to the young generation of Palang Pracharath Party (PPRP) politicians.

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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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    Thai geopolitical balancing compromised

    News, Thitinan Pongsudhirak, Published on 06/07/2018

    » Thailand is demonstrably famous for its foreign policy balancing. From the era of imperialism and two World Wars through the Cold War, Thailand's gifted geography and diplomatic finesse and skill shepherded the country's sovereignty and independence through the thick and thin of geopolitical headwinds. Whatever happens out there, the Thais (and their Siamese forebears) had a way to diplomatically navigate and geopolitically balance their national interests to stay out of harm's way.

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    A sad end to popular online comic strip Khai Maew

    News, Pirongrong Ramasoota, Published on 22/01/2018

    » Last Thursday, the Facebook page of the famous online political cartoon Khai Maew vanished from the social media site where it earlier had resided on Facebook as "cartooneggcat" for the past one year, eight months and three days. While the page's disappearance was sudden, the cause remains unclear.

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    All in the family

    News, Postbag, Published on 08/09/2017

    » Perhaps the quote by Cambodian PM Hun Sen published in the Bangkok Post on Sept 7: "I have decided to continue my job for another 10 years" should have read "I have decided to continue my job running Cambodia as if it was my family business for another 10 years"?

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    Snouts in the trough

    News, Postbag, Published on 11/05/2017

    » Veera Prateepchaikul summed it up in his May 8 comment, "Raging red bull runs rings around lame ducks", for every man, woman and child in Thailand.

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    Closing ranks on organised crime

    News, Published on 17/04/2017

    » Terrorist activity is making the world a more dangerous place but a recently stepped-up partnership between Thailand and Russia on security issues is already bearing fruit for both sides in terms of combatting cyber attacks and organised crime, according to the Russian ambassador to Thailand.

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