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    Footie ecstasy prescription won't last long

    News, Kong Rithdee, Published on 14/06/2014

    » Tell me, what’s happiness? Football, of course. Not playing it, not qualifying for it, but consuming it. Precisely, happiness is watching the 64 matches of the highest-level football played in the far-flung Amazonian longitudes, the broadcast signals being sucked live from space to the tubes of 65 million Thais at the expense of — a bargain, I believe — 427 million baht paid for by tax money from the public purse straight to a private firm. They should make it a policy to distribute ecstasy pills to accompany our late-night viewing, just to be certain maximum happiness is achieved, sustained and thanked for.

  • OPINION

    Free kicks are costly

    News, Published on 14/06/2014

    » Who doesn't love freebies? Since the free stuff is also the most popular football event on earth, the cheering has been loud for the coup leaders who made it possible for all matches of the World Cup to be shown on free TV.

  • OPINION

    Postbag: Make Thailand smile

    News, Published on 14/06/2014

    » Just 21 days ago, this country was in utter chaos, leaderless, deep in corruption and heading due south. Civil war as at the doorstep.

  • OPINION

    World Cup comes at rule of law's expense

    News, Published on 14/06/2014

    » The controversy surrounding broadcast rights to 2014 World Cup matches shows that under the current “military intervention” regime, the rule of law can easily be compromised if it accords with the prevailing discourse of “returning happiness to the people”.

  • OPINION

    Mining industry thugs must be stopped

    News, Paritta Wangkiat, Published on 14/06/2014

    » A six-hour-long attack by 300 armed henchmen in the middle of the night on May 15 left protesters in Loei’s Wang Saphung district despairing at the total failure of the state to protect citizens fighting against pollution from the mining industry.

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