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    Is Thailand a failed state?

    News, Voranai Vanijaka, Published on 27/04/2014

    » One morning last week I drove out of my soi onto Witthayu Road. Making a U-turn in front of Lumpini park I was stopped by a People’s Democratic Reform Committee (PDRC) guard on a motorbike. Other guards on motorbikes stopped traffic on all sides.

  • NEWS

    '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

    Lose the cloak of great stupidity

    News, Voranai Vanijaka, Published on 09/06/2013

    » There's a familiar joke about how most people are stupid. I disagree. Most people aren't stupid, but we all are capable of great stupidity, as well as wonderful brilliance. Unfortunately, the temptation toward great stupidity seems so irresistible.

  • OPINION

    Political gambit being played out at The Hague

    Voranai Vanijaka, Published on 25/04/2013

    » If you want a moral-based analysis of politics, go see a monk. You would then feel good about yourself, but still wouldn’t understand politics. If you want to understand politics, read a political analysis, but then you would hate politics.

  • OPINION

    Tune in to change by television courts

    News, Voranai Vanijaka, Published on 28/04/2013

    » On Tuesday, 300 citizens travelled 200km from Prachuap Khiri Khan province to rally in front of the Appeal Court and demand transparency in the case of environmental activist Charoen Wat-aksorn, who was assassinated on June 21, 2004. Meanwhile, hundreds of red shirt United Front for Democracy against Dictatorship members were holding their own rally in front of the Constitution Court, part of a campaign to gather at least 20,000 names for a petition asking the National Anti-Corruption Commission to clear the entire court bench of nine judges.

  • OPINION

    I dreamed of Yingluck

    Voranai Vanijaka, Published on 09/05/2013

    » Last night I went through my usual routine. Before going to bed I burned incense, prayed to the spirits of the condo and rearranged my feng shui. I then stretched out on my MUJI bed sheet, my head rested on a soft pillow stuffed with duck feathers, my legs wrapped around a side pillow.

  • 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

    Will Thai luck ever run out?

    News, Voranai Vanijaka, Published on 13/01/2013

    » Thailand's culture is a passive and superstitious one that relies on faith, fate and sheer luck, with the ingrained belief that things will always turn out just fine. After all, karma dictates our destiny, and we bribe her quite well. So mai pen rai.

  • OPINION

    From the back seat of a red taxi

    News, Voranai Vanijaka, Published on 20/01/2013

    » Last Tuesday evening, after being rejected by the shaking head and waving hands of one cabbie, a second took me in and I was ever appreciative. From Wat Phra Si Maha That temple in Bang Khen to my home in Lumpini, it was to be a long ride, but an educational one. There was silence at first, but after a few minutes the cabbie, an elderly yet robust man, turned on the radio. We caught the last few minutes of a talk show; the topic of discussion was the Bangkok governor race.

  • OPINION

    When Bangkok was just a French fort

    News, Voranai Vanijaka, Published on 21/10/2012

    » The perception is that "them" _ the richer and more powerful _ manipulate, undermine and take from "us".

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