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  • OPINION

    Old habits in new cyber bill

    News, Editorial, Published on 02/03/2019

    » The military-appointed National Legislative Assembly (NLA) has done a disservice to the people by passing the cybersecurity bill on Thursday, despite concerns over its threats to personal and corporate data privacy.

  • NEWS

    Rapper has more to say as election nears

    Published on 16/02/2019

    » The rhymes came to Nutthapong Srimuong before dawn, when Bangkok is as still as it can be and the night jasmine overpowers the capital with its perfume.

  • LIFESTYLE

    Sex, truth & politics

    Life, Kong Rithdee, Published on 11/09/2017

    » In Uthis Haemamool's new novel, the protagonist's erotic adventure runs parallel to Thailand's political education. A man's carnal quests and sexual outbursts become, in a way, an allegory of a larger social context as the country goes through three coups d'etat and several convulsive protests in the past 25 years. The awakening of the loin as a metaphor for political orgasm, physical penetration as an analogy for abuses of power -- <i>Rang Haeng Pratana</i> (Silhouette Of Desire) is a novel that, Uthis admits, presents him with many risks as a writer.

  • NEWS

    Prayut's 'positives' put in print

    News, Nattaya Chetchotiros, Published on 26/02/2019

    » The Palang Pracharath Party (PPRP) launched a 157-page book on Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha on Monday, detailing his achievements and touting him as a candidate fit to lead the country after the election.

  • OPINION

    Apirat singing wrong hymn sheet

    News, Ploenpote Atthakor, Published on 20/02/2019

    » Army chief Apirat Kongsompong's harsh reaction to the idea of politicians who want to push for military reform has triggered a number of questions.

  • BUSINESS

    Economic growth tilts up in Q4 but politics loom

    Published on 18/02/2019

    » The country’s economy grew at a faster pace in the fourth quarter than the previous three months, as local demand helped to offset a slide in exports, but Thailand's ongoing political divide is again threatening the economy.

  • OPINION

    Revamp the military

    News, Postbag, Published on 23/02/2019

    » Let's briefly consider local geopolitics and the Thai military. Thailand needs China like it needs another coup. However, China needs Thailand for a variety of reasons. The US has had a longstanding favourable relationship with Thailand and is its most powerful ally.

  • NEWS

    Apirat urged to remain neutral

    News, Published on 20/02/2019

    » Politicians demanded Tuesday that the army chief remain neutral in the lead-up to the March 24 general election after he rebuked them for calling for defence budget cuts and revived an anti-communist song as a sign of his military fervour.

  • OPINION

    Darkest-day song nothing to be proud of

    News, Veera Prateepchaikul, Published on 20/02/2019

    » Army commander-in-chief Gen Apirat Kongsompong's decision to order the army-run radio stations to "resurrect" the old ultra-nationalist song Nak Phandin ("Burden on the Land") in an apparent response to the Pheu Thai Party's prime ministerial candidate Khunying Sudarat Keyuraphan's threat to cut military spending and Future Forward Party's pledge to scrap mandatory conscription is totally uncalled for.

  • OPINION

    Army chief sings out hateful blast from gory past

    News, Atiya Achakulwisut, Published on 19/02/2019

    » The anti-communist song <i>Nak Phandin</i> or "Useless Weight to the Land" is so loaded with hateful political baggage it could have sunk army chief Gen Apirat Kongsompong's career.

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