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    Future Forward Party -- whose future?

    News, Published on 01/11/2018

    » Branding itself as a choice for first-time voters, both the "red" and "yellow" middle-class Thais who are tired of the military regime and colour-coded conflicts, the newly formed Future Forward Party is by far one of the most prominent parties in Thai politics.

  • OPINION

    Asset declaration law angers academics

    News, Editorial, Published on 11/11/2018

    » A new regulation issued by the National Anti-Corruption Commission (NACC) that requires university council members to declare their assets and liabilities has drawn mixed reactions.

  • OPINION

    'My country's got' these socio-political ills

    News, Thitinan Pongsudhirak, Published on 02/11/2018

    » The explosive Rap Against Dictatorship music video that has taken Thailand by storm has raised myriad socio-political questions and issues. Known in Thai as <i>Prathet Ku Mee</i>, the sensational music video has been viewed on YouTube more than 25 million times in just 10 days in a country of 69 million people, a feat in its own right and a record for its artistic kind in Thailand. How this five-minute rap song in the Thai language has done so much says a lot about where Thailand has been and where it is going.

  • OPINION

    How will post-poll Thailand look?

    News, Surasak Glahan, Published on 20/08/2018

    » Now the Election Commission and the National Council for Peace and Order have promised to hold the general election on Feb 24 next year, should we remain hopeful that the move will eventually lead Thailand to transition into a more democratic state? The answer largely depends on our expectations of the outcome, as well as the form of democracy that we want -- and we can look southeasterly to Cambodia, or westerly to Myanmar to get a rough idea of what Thailand's new beginning may be like.

  • OPINION

    The kids are all right

    News, Alan Dawson, Published on 28/10/2018

    » <i>Prathet Ku Mee</i> is no slapped-together concert song. It wasn't made, so much as crafted. The accusatory lyrics are set against the shameful, hovering background of the 1976 dictators' massacre at Thammasat University. The rap song's finale brings the background image of the hanged, beaten student to the front of the picture, before fading out to the hopeful message, "All people unite".

  • OPINION

    Van axeing is folly

    News, Postbag, Published on 26/09/2018

    » Re: "1/4 of city's public vans to be retired", (BP, Sept 25).

  • OPINION

    Is Aussie political madness catching?

    News, Gwynne Dyer, Published on 29/08/2018

    » I happened to be in Canberra last Friday, speaking to a room full of journalists at the National Press Club, when the news came in, halfway through lunch, that Australia had a new prime minister. The moderator pointed out that the year is already two-thirds gone and it is "only three prime ministers till Christmas" -- and the China Daily's headline read "Australia changes its prime minister again, again, again, again, again".

  • OPINION

    Putting hearts and minds in Thai-US ties

    News, Kavi Chongkittavorn, Published on 24/07/2018

    » The international rescue of 12 boys and their football coach in Chiang Rai earlier this month quickly permeated into the conference room of the Thai-US dialogue in Washington DC last week. The feel-good atmosphere jump-started the much-needed dialogue between the region's oldest allies.

  • OPINION

    Thai idols fall in line with orthodoxy

    News, Kong Rithdee, Published on 01/09/2018

    » Poor coup-makers, no one wants to see them on TV. At 6pm sharp when the theme song begins, there's a rush of hands to the remote control. Not that you can escape them. The true mark of dictatorship is audiovisual dictatorship: They beam their images on every TV and radio channel, monopolising your sensory reception, like a sci-fi movie, or like a spoiled child demanding your full attention. At 6pm every day for the past four years, the hands clutching the remote have reached for the only possible button. Off.

  • OPINION

    Land of the unfree

    News, Published on 19/09/2018

    » Re: "Time to lift rights bans", (Editorial, Sept 17).

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