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    The war bringer

    News, Alan Dawson, Published on 12/03/2017

    » The southern rebellion against the government begins its 58th year tomorrow. It will be the first time the anniversary is marked without any of the original 1960 instigators but in particular it will go on without its primary leader, better called the godfather of the southern conflict.

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    Facebook murders

    News, Alan Dawson, Published on 30/04/2017

    » So now the sun never sets on countries where people have murdered in order to boost their Facebook followers.

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    Indictment of the innocent

    News, Alan Dawson, Published on 17/02/2019

    » It wasn't a good week for those who claim the March 24 general election will be free and fair. The "gateway to resumption of government accountability and democracy building" seemed firmly closed.

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    Easy choices made difficult

    News, Alan Dawson, Published on 23/12/2018

    » Lucius Edward William Plantagenet Cary, aka Lord Falkland, went to his death in the English Civil war, leaving little of note except a rule that could be the official motto of libertarians.

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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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    First they came for the net idols

    News, Alan Dawson, Published on 11/06/2017

    » The always interesting National Broadcasting and Telecommunications Commission (NBTC) made a new power play last week. It will go a long way to negate the constitution's already somewhat nominal "liberty to express opinion ... by any means".

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    Double tap confounded

    News, Alan Dawson, Published on 14/05/2017

    » The images haunt. A mother, with a wounded face, clutches her daughter and hunkers down beside the detergent shelves. A blackened battery and two wheels, all that is left of the stolen pickup crammed with cooking gas cans. Social media simply taking over the corporate Facebook pages of Big C to post thousands of photos, videos and messages.

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    The more things change

    News, Alan Dawson, Published on 19/03/2017

    » A military regime is in power. It is driving Meechai Ruchupan's new constitution and passels of laws through its handpicked National Assembly to enable and ensure military hands on power even after it nominally returns to the barracks to allow elections the red shirts will probably win again. It has a new Computer Crime Act to intimidate and if necessary incarcerate infuriating pests complaining about lack of democracy. Oh, and almost forgot: it's not 2017.

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    End of an era?

    News, Alan Dawson, Published on 25/12/2016

    » Planning for the third Cobra Gold war games since the 2014 coup d'etat is pretty much complete, and it is going to show better than any other public event the diminishing passion of the long US-Thailand affair.

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    Islamic State, keep out

    News, Alan Dawson, Published on 27/11/2016

    » The most intriguing story of the week was the suggestion that Thai Muslims had been caught out in supporting the Islamic State (IS). It was intriguing because while the neighbours have often been involved directly in international terrorism, and still are, no Thai ever has been linked to the post-9/11 groups championed by Osama bin Laden, his progeny or their many copycats.

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