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  • 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

    Call off rap song probe

    News, Editorial, Published on 30/10/2018

    » Just as the sun rises every day, the Royal Thai Police and its Technology Crime Suppression Division (TCSD) were predictably quick to pounce on the flash-mob popularity of song sensations Rap Against Dictatorship (RAD).

  • 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".

  • NEWS

    Cops mull charges against viral rap stars

    News, Post Reporters, Published on 28/10/2018

    » The Royal Thai Police's Technology Crime Suppression Division (TCSD) will conclude within a few days whether an explosively popular rap song perceived to take aim at the military government breaches the Computer Crime Act, the deputy spokesman of the agency said yesterday.

  • LIFESTYLE

    Legal eagles boost Arm, Sek's hopes fading, toothy extract

    News, Mae Moo, Published on 28/10/2018

    » A legal battle is shaping up between a teen singer joined by a phalanx of volunteer celebrity lawyers, and her former manager whose label she left to set herself up as an indie, allegedly in breach of contract.

  • NEWS

    Police threaten young rappers

    News, Published on 27/10/2018

    » Controversy over a music video, "Prathet Ku Mee" (What My Country's Got), which has been perceived as an attack on the military government, is heating up after police threatened to take legal action against the artists and the production team.

  • OPINION

    'Young Bloods' shock

    News, Postbag, Published on 26/10/2018

    » In the series "Young Bloods", the <i>Bangkok Post</i> has presented many supposedly young political talents. Actually a very good idea.

  • OPINION

    Beware the online culture warriors

    News, John Lloyd, Published on 22/10/2018

    » The news media in the Western world remains dominated by newspapers, magazines and broadcasters still known as the mainstream. The most vivid proof of their continued reign over public opinion is in the figure of US President Donald Trump, whose repeated attacks on "failing" publications like The New York Times and the Washington Post as "enemies of the people" is a backhanded tribute to their continued power.

  • NEWS

    'Pluem' spreads his political wings

    News, Nattaya Chetchotiros, Published on 16/10/2018

    » Surabot Leekpai, the 30-year-old fledgling Democrat Party member, says he is a politician who understands Thai youth.

  • OPINION

    From a cultured cabbie to the Albert Hall

    News, Roger Crutchley, Published on 23/09/2018

    » The recent column on the musical tastes of Bangkok's taxi drivers prompted quite a few comments from readers relating assorted cab rides featuring the joyful strains of Cliff Richard, Boney M and even Pavarotti. However, Elvis remains the favourite amongst the veteran cabbies.

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