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    Thailand should emulate Japan's art of adaptation

    News, Songkran Grachangnetara, Published on 03/11/2015

    » I recently embarked on a family holiday to Japan. It was only our fourth visit in 10 years. This time we paid a brief visit to Osaka and Kobe, but in my opinion, the highlight of the trip was my first ride on the Shinkansen, Japan's high-speed train.

  • OPINION

    Decentralise, or Pracharath bound to fail

    News, Sanitsuda Ekachai, Published on 23/09/2015

    » When Thaksin Shinawatra was looking for innovative policies to launch his Thai Rak Thai Party, he looked for inspiration from activists leading social movements and was not disappointed. Universal health care and village funds became his landmark policy successes that subsequent governments could only try to outdo by pouring in more money to expand the programmes further.

  • OPINION

    The universal struggle for equality

    Life, Pimrapee Thungkasemvathana, Published on 24/02/2015

    » Nadya Tolokonnikova and Masha Alyokhina of Pussy Riot lie in a hole in the ground, wearing OMON riot police uniforms. They are slowly buried alive. Dirt fills the orifices in their faces. They can't breathe. In the music video of I Can't Breathe, released last week and shot in one long take, the Russian feminist punk rock group opted for emotion rather than anger. The group has chosen a new cause.

  • OPINION

    Junta puts police reform on 'too hard' list

    Veera Prateepchaikul, Published on 26/05/2015

    » Police reform was ranked among the top priorities of the military junta, the government and reform advocacy groups and a majority of the public favour restructuring the force to improve an image long tainted by abuse of power and corruption.

  • OPINION

    There are bigger issues than Thaksin's police rank

    News, Veera Prateepchaikul, Published on 17/08/2015

    » National police chief Pol Gen Somyot Pummpunmuang has until the end of September to do what he is legally required to do, and has promised to do, more than once -- strip fugitive former prime minister Thaksin Shinawatra of his police lieutenant-colonel title.

  • OPINION

    'Happiness' is here to stay

    Life, Kanokporn Chanasongkram, Published on 31/07/2015

    » Earlier this week, I watched a morning TV news programme showing a video clip of Thai soldiers effortlessly dancing to a catchy luk thung number, after performing slower and more precise movements to Khuen Kwam Suk Hai Prathet Thai (Return Happiness To Thailand) — the theme song of the National Council for Peace and Order (NCPO).

  • OPINION

    Fear of failure guiding NCPO's steps

    Veera Prateepchaikul, Published on 29/07/2014

    » "Sia-khong" or "a waste" has become a buzzword in military political circles since the May 22 coup. It is a short version of, "Don’t let the May 22 coup be a waste".

  • OPINION

    Fear of social change a step back

    News, Kong Rithdee, Published on 09/08/2014

    » Those who live permanently in the past can't see the inevitability of the present. Those who worship the stegosaurus would do something so comical, so anachronistic as banning a computer game that most people have never heard of, prompting nearly everyone to hear about it and wanting to play it — just for kicks, just for a slap to the face, just to prove that techno-terrorism will leave the dinosaurs behind. In the world of bandwidth, in a time when information always slips through the iron fist like water or like pus, in short, in the downloadable, Wiki-leakable 21st century — banning data is the practice of ants trapped in prehistoric amber.

  • OPINION

    Release move just one step

    News, Editorial, Published on 21/07/2015

    » The military regime has ordered the release from prison of former terrorist leader, Sama-ae Thanam. Other releases may follow. Now 63, Sama-ae has vowed to help reconciliation efforts and establish peace across the deep South. Once the leader of the military wing of the so-called Patani United Liberation Front (Pulo), he was captured in Malaysia in 1988, extradited and later jailed on terrorism charges in 1997. Authorities not only believe he is no longer a threat but could help peace efforts in the restive southern provinces.

  • OPINION

    Khon Kaen shows regime out of touch

    News, Atiya Achakulwisut, Published on 25/11/2014

    » Symbols alone won't topple a regime, especially if that regime is a fully armed, militarised one. The National Council for Peace and Order (NCPO) should know that.

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