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    Turning red into green

    News, Alan Dawson, Published on 22/07/2018

    » Rarely in recent Thai political history has a government minister been so honest, so open and so utterly truthful as was PM's Office Minister Kobsak Pootrakool last Sunday.

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    The big issue: Holey security in action

    Alan Dawson, Published on 28/08/2016

    » Cyber-thieves joined the tourist crowds to Thailand early this month and quickly jackpotted 12 million baht from 21 of the distinctive red Government Savings Bank ATMs in Bangkok and five provinces. And walked away with the money.

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    The big issue: Using process as punishment

    Alan Dawson, Published on 31/07/2016

    » Three years ago last month, a two-person website published an article in the pair’s continuing coverage of human trafficking, and the roles of Thai agencies and <i>phuyai</i> in the sordid business. The fallout from that article spread ripples, now waves across the most basic civil rights and freedoms - press, speech, recourse.

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    The big issue: How exceptional of you

    Alan Dawson, Published on 24/07/2016

    » When the rebels fled and events cooled down a bit in Turkey, Thailand’s opposition was ecstatic. Citizens poured onto the streets, even assaulted soldiers, forcing the Turkish military to beat feet. Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha’s regime felt it had to say something and that something was "exceptionalism" and Thainess. Sure, Turks couldn't run a military coup, but Thailand is different, with an excellent coup.

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    The big issue: The US-Thai nexus

    Alan Dawson, Published on 17/07/2016

    » The Law of the Sea Tribunal demolished China’s claims about the nine-dash line, historical ownership and even — this one is quite out of the blue for everyone involved — the claim that rocks, outcroppings and shoals are "islands" that can belong to a country.

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    The big issue: You can't win 'em all

    Alan Dawson, Published on 03/07/2016

    » If demotion was humiliating two years ago, the promotion from the dark and dank cellar of Tier 3 wasn't exactly a champagne moment either. Even the new designation, "Tier 2 Watch List" is a 24/7 reminder that the world policeman is still watching the human trafficking scene in Thailand.

  • News & article

    The big issue: Toy story

    Alan Dawson, Published on 26/06/2016

    » It was nearly eight years ago that two clever green shirts masterminded the “hidden coup” that persuaded important members of the inner circle of Lord Voldemort na Dubai to defect to Abhisit Vejjajiva’s Democrats and make Mr Abhisit prime minister.

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    The big issue: The long and tortuous road

    Alan Dawson, Published on 19/06/2016

    » Torture is probably more like the weather than anything else around. It is, as US editorialist Charles Dudley Warner wrote (Mark Twain repeated it), "a matter about which a great deal is said and very little done".

  • News & article

    The big issue: Hunter’s killer team

    Alan Dawson, Published on 05/06/2016

    » After 20 years in the United States Army, Joseph M Hunter retired and passed the exam to be a New York City policeman. He didn’t join, because it wouldn’t pay enough, so he took the other fork, where he could use his military training for bad, become a mercenary and a killer for hire and a leader. It actually worked, and he lived in Phuket, large. For a while.

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    The big issue: Enter China with a big stick

    Alan Dawson, Published on 29/05/2016

    » First, a brief summary before last week. The official slogan of the military regime is Thailand 4.0, which no one can explain but looks better than Digital Thailand. The unofficial slogan is Control the Internet. The official policy is Arrest Internet Troublemakers. The internet police roundel now sports the motto, We Know What You Did Last Night on Facebook. The regime Plan That Must Never Be Named is "One Gateway to Rule Them All". Finally, there is no change to the military order of the day which is — No Change.

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