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Thursday, February 22, 2018

Voranai: My Brother’s Keeper

Raise your hand if you have used, know someone who has or are familiar with the following negotiation tactic: “There’s nothing we can’t work...

Thai Law: On Property Rights and Saving Your Marriage Before it Begins

Understanding how prenuptial agreements can be used to give both spouses granular control of how they want things shared is ...
South African Anglican Priest Michael Lapsley.

Detoxifying Our Political Past

It was a rare sight seeing Yellowshirt activist Veera Somkwamkid in lockstep with Redshirt leader Sombat Boonngam-anong arriving to be arraigned on charges including sedition for a recent anti-junta protest.

Mahrez Head Was Turned but He Should Resume Playing

LONDON — Player power only goes so far in the Premier League.
The political moments of 2017 satirized in a year-end card by now defunct satire page Kai Maew. Image: Kai Maew / Facebook

Voranai: May the Force Be With You

The Yubamrung is a famous and powerful political family. The patriarch is Chalerm Yubamrung, a former police captain with a doctor’s degree in law. He’s also one of many politicians who had been accused of having “unusual wealth.” But nothing was ever proven.

Tackling Corruption Without Transparency

One of the more disturbing news items last month was the withdrawal of Transparency Thailand from Transparency International.
Original images: My Mate Nate / YouTube, Matt Dodd / Flickr, Christy Gibson / Instagram, Em Brain Dead Tattoo / Facebook

When Farangs Go Native

What may start as an endearing and commendable effort – learning some language, meeting some social expectations – can become annoying to the very natives whose approval is sought. Behind one’s back, the whispers begin: You’ve gone native.
Junta chief Prayuth Chan-ocha shares a laugh with his deputy Prawit Wongsuwan in an undated file photo.

Voranai: When Power Corrupts Absolutely

Gen. Prayuth Chan-ocha wants to have the final word on the scandal over Gen. Prawit Wongsuwan’s alleged undeclared assets, including a collection of luxury watches worth millions of baht. In true military-dictatorship fashion, he tells the media to ...

Death of The Nation As We Knew it

“Editor for Life” was what I used to think of The Nation co-founder Suthichai Yoon, a larger-than-life figure gifted in ...

Voranai: Farangs, Mind Your Own Business!

A lot of people argue that the Thais are not ready or not equipped for democracy. There may be a grain of truth in this statement. However, I would retort that I learned how to swim by my father first throwing me into the pool.

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