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  • OPINION

    Conscripted to fight an invisible war

    News, Kong Rithdee, Published on 08/04/2017

    » Until April 12, the biggest annual lottery will keep Thai men on edge: the military draft.

  • OPINION

    Going mad in March, with fear of tragedy

    News, Kong Rithdee, Published on 21/03/2015

    » The March heat is driving people crazy. Each week, news headlines just get weirder, as if we were madmen who subscribe to the newsletter of our madhouse. Don’t tell me you never experience that moment when a headline is so absurd, so improbable that you believe − I mean, really believe for many seconds or minutes — that you’re reading one of those satirical publications or websites that peddles mockery and exaggeration. Only it’s not. It’s real. And if madness is defined by the inability to distinguish between what’s real and what’s fantastical, we’re all going down that path, led by the smiling Pied Piper in uniform.

  • OPINION

    A passport to happiness is all you need

    News, Kong Rithdee, Published on 26/07/2014

    » Like a sinner praying for salvation, I pray that the Ministry of Education will launch the "good deeds passports" project before the next full moon. Kids, parents and disciplinarians are dying to wave it around like a diploma of sanity, or an amulet against ghosts and anarchism. The Education Ministry is so educated that it has tapped into the zeitgeist: moral bookkeeping, and control of the happiness barometer (check out the military carnival at Sanam Luang), will guarantee the bright future of democratic Thailand.

  • LIFESTYLE

    The Lottery labyrinth

    Life, Kong Rithdee, Published on 22/10/2012

    » For 230 years Thai people have gambled on the lottery _ legit and underground, paper-based and imagination-prone. Along with every discussion of the lottery comes a whole syllabus of tangled subjects: economic value, political manipulation, tax structure, legal philosophy, morality, superstition, national character, the distribution of wealth and luck.

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