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  • OPINION

    Scandals confirm what we already know

    Oped, Voranai Vanijaka, Published on 07/05/2018

    » Thailand has no shortage of national scandals; one after another in less than six months, starting from November of last year. It began with junta leader Gen Prayut Chan-o-cha berating a fisherman down south for daring to matter-of-factly ask him tough questions. Next came deputy junta leader Gen Prawit Wongsuwon flashing his posh taste for luxury watches, which supposedly were borrowed from generous friends.

  • OPINION

    The success of Thaksin

    News, Voranai Vanijaka, Published on 06/04/2014

    » Four Reigns by the late MR Kukrit Pramoj is a beloved masterpiece of Thai literature that has been adapted into several TV series.

  • OPINION

    Clock ticking on Yingluck

    News, Voranai Vanijaka, Published on 13/04/2014

    » Yingluck Shinawatra sits in a similar chair as Abhisit Vejjajiva. By accident and by design, through others’ manipulation and through their own follies, both have become too divisive. Neither can be prime minister without political and social upheaval.

  • OPINION

    Thailand is more than Soi Cowboy

    News, Voranai Vanijaka, Published on 13/10/2013

    » Two-plus years have passed since Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra took office. Probation period is long over. It's time to step up on her leadership.

  • OPINION

    It's all about Thaksin

    News, Voranai Vanijaka, Published on 18/08/2013

    » Over the past two years or so, anti-government groups have launched many rallies and campaigns to regain power. Thus far, they've all failed to gain much momentum.

  • THAILAND

    'If I'm guilty, execute me': Abhisit on the red shirt crackdown

    Spectrum, Voranai Vanijaka, Published on 19/05/2013

    » Three years to the day that the events of April and May, 2010 culminated in the red shirt crackdown and the surrender of the United Front for Democracy against Dictatorship's leaders, Thai society remains deeply divided. Some 92 people were killed in the crackdown, from protesters to innocent bystanders, journalists to security personnel.

  • OPINION

    Abhisit is here, where is Thaksin?

    Voranai Vanijaka, Published on 23/05/2013

    » Abhisit Vejjajiva sat at the Democrat Party headquarters in Phaya Thai and said, "If I’m guilty, then execute me". Whether he’s a "murderer" who ordered the killing of "innocent" civilians or not, he’s here in Thailand willing to face charges. So let the court decide.

  • OPINION

    The darker side of lese majeste

    News, Voranai Vanijaka, Published on 31/03/2013

    » Last Sunday in the article "The Brighter side of lese majeste", we discussed how Thailand is changing. Social media and information technology allow us to obtain information and discuss ideas more openly than ever before.

  • OPINION

    Yingluck, Yinglove one and all

    News, Voranai Vanijaka, Published on 04/11/2012

    » Yingluck Shinawatra has yet to succeed, but she's inching ever closer. The Pitak Siam rally last Sunday and talk of a coup show just how nervous the other side is getting.

  • OPINION

    Let's keep it real in the rice field

    News, Voranai Vanijaka, Published on 07/10/2012

    » Some 260 billion baht has already been spent on subsidising rice prices and another 405 billion baht will follow for the next farming season. If one were to view the rice pledging scheme from an economic perspective, surely one would see that it is full of holes. If one were to assume that the intention of the scheme is to better the lives of farmers, surely it's obvious that any benefits would be minimal and temporary. But if one were to look at the scheme from a realpolitik perspective, surely one would see its merits.

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