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  • OPINION

    Pokemon goes on run from state capture

    News, Kong Rithdee, Published on 13/08/2016

    » No, they will not ban Pokemon Go, though it's not hard to tell how tempting that idea must be in the post-referendum landscape where peace, order and national security have been constitutionally enshrined.

  • OPINION

    Rules of the game

    News, Postbag, Published on 10/08/2016

    » If someone illegally takes control of a ship its called piracy and it's a very serious offence. When people interfere with the planned flight of an aircraft it's known as hijacking and carries a severe punishment. One would think an even greater offence would be the illegal ousting of an elected government by an armed group, commonly known as a coup d'etat which in some countries would carry the most extreme penalty.

  • OPINION

    Just an early morning bit of arm-twisting

    News, Umesh Pandey, Published on 05/02/2016

    » Being an avid follower of news from all sorts of sources, on Wednesday I was surprised to see my dosage of morning television news being interrupted by a short break soon after the national anthem was played.

  • OPINION

    Prayut, Prawit still firm friends, despite the rumours

    News, Wassana Nanuam, Published on 14/07/2016

    » Despite rumours about a growing rift, Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha and his deputy, Gen Prawit Wongsuwon, have not only maintained their camaraderie but also solidified the power of the regime.

  • OPINION

    Democracy on trial

    News, Postbag, Published on 12/07/2016

    » Eric Bahrt in his letter, "Better late than never", (BP, July 10) demanded that I, among others, apologise for being a junta apologist and anti-democracy advocate. That is funny, allow me to explain why.

  • OPINION

    China weighs up its role in Myanmar peace talks

    News, Anthony Davis, Published on 14/06/2016

    » In what has traditionally been a boots-and-bayonets conflict fought a long way from media coverage, an unusual photo circulating on the internet last week revealed that Myanmar's military is now using armed drones in operations against ethnic insurgents. Probably taken on a serviceman's mobile phone and posted on a Facebook account, the image showed soldiers preparing a Chinese-built CH-3A unmanned combat aerial vehicle for take-off at an airfield in the north of the country.

  • OPINION

    An unlikely muse to art of endurance

    News, Kaona Pongpipat, Published on 31/03/2016

    » So what's the latest? Deputy Prime Minister Prawit Wongsuwon said the draft charter by the Meechai Ruchupan-led Constitution Drafting Committee -- yes, the one with a wholly-appointed Senate and fixed senator posts for armed forces and police chiefs -- is up for the referendum and, I quote, "No one will dare to touch it."

  • OPINION

    The politics and poetry of private jokes

    News, Kong Rithdee, Published on 28/05/2016

    » Let's compare scores. In Thailand, a python had a wrestling match with a penis. In Myanmar, a dissenting poet was punished for a poem allegedly written on his penis. In the Philippines, the newly-elected president, aged 71, announced last month that he didn't want to "hang" his penis, and that "when I take Viagra, it stands up".

  • OPINION

    Thai hopes for decentralisation fade

    News, Published on 23/05/2016

    » Thailand's current state of local administration does not bode well for democracy. The National Council for Peace and Order (NCPO), which took power two years ago, issued Order No. 22/2016 on May 4 that centralised power in the Ministry of the Interior.

  • OPINION

    Has reform failed, or has it even begun?

    News, Atiya Achakulwisut, Published on 23/06/2015

    » Maybe it's the natural swing of the pendulum — what goes up must come down — and that explains why we have gone from fight-to-the-death battles against inequality a few years ago, to high-minded campaigns for national reform last year, to struggles against overpriced lotteries, motorcycle racers and the age-old question of whether casinos should be allowed to operate legally in Thailand now.

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