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  • THAILAND

    A bad week

    News, Alan Dawson, Published on 25/02/2018

    » Bad week for the military regime. The antediluvians in green absorbed punishment from foreigners galore. Worse, at home, protesters judged to be disloyal Thais went on the streets. And after three years, eight months and some days, the courts put on their steel-toed boots and confronted the regime's rules.

  • OPINION

    The kids are all right

    News, Alan Dawson, Published on 28/10/2018

    » <i>Prathet Ku Mee</i> is no slapped-together concert song. It wasn't made, so much as crafted. The accusatory lyrics are set against the shameful, hovering background of the 1976 dictators' massacre at Thammasat University. The rap song's finale brings the background image of the hanged, beaten student to the front of the picture, before fading out to the hopeful message, "All people unite".

  • OPINION

    Life without populism

    News, Alan Dawson, Published on 06/05/2018

    » Once upon a time in a land very, very far away with a "government by the people, for the people" there was a plan to fix recalcitrant taxi drivers and make them pick up passengers, politely, and then to reward the drivers with a fare increase. And that plan was carried out in the faraway country, and passengers were happy to reward deserving, hard-working, uncomplaining taxi drivers.

  • OPINION

    Data security a foreign concept

    News, Alan Dawson, Published on 22/04/2018

    » You'd think that just about the worst thing that could happen in today's charged smartphone-internet intersection is the theft of many thousands of the most important identification documents and personal details of mobile phone owners. But you'd be wrong.

  • 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).

  • THAILAND

    Time on their side

    News, Alan Dawson, Published on 18/03/2018

    » They took down the Interpol Red Notice to locate, arrest and hold for extradition Thailand's most infamous wilding child last week. Vorayuth "Boss" Yoovidhya is further off the hook than ever.

  • NEWS

    Rough road ahead

    News, Alan Dawson, Published on 21/01/2018

    » The general prime minister, aka the politician who used to be a soldier, is strolling into a battleground and exhibits no sign he is aware of it.

  • OPINION

    Searching for sanity

    News, Alan Dawson, Published on 28/05/2017

    » It now is pretty much confirmed by all available sources that the world is nuts. Last week was just more proof piling up.

  • OPINION

    No, really, Big Brother is watching

    News, Alan Dawson, Published on 25/06/2017

    » The Big Three of International Computing have convinced tens of millions of customers to spy on themselves. Considering this, what's the big deal when the government listens in too -- well, apart from the going-to-jail part -- at least?

  • OPINION

    Fairness needs to be ensured

    News, Alan Dawson, Published on 27/01/2019

    » In sports, as in politics, they call it a "tilted playing field". One or many tiny modifications to the game area give advantages that don't absolutely guarantee that the home team wins, but help to make it more likely.

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