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Friday, April 20, 2018

Voranai: Behold a Pale Horse

Extremism of all kinds is dangerous, but religious extremism has been a most reliable motivator for people to rape, pillage and slaughter in the name of one god or another.
Thai tourists in traditional costumes at Wat Chaiwatthanaram. Photo: Travel @ Manager / Facebook

Escaping the Present For a Misremembered Past

As fans of "Bupphesaniwat" revel in dressing retro, it’s an opportune time to rethink nostalgia and the risks of idealizing the past.

Voranai: A Song of Rice and Fire

About a week ago, CLSA Thailand organized a panel talk called ASEAN Forum 2018. On the panel were three smiling men in dark suits. They were Anuthin Charnvirakul of Bhumjaitai Party, Abhisit Vejjajiva of the Democrat Party and Chaturon Chaisang of Puea Thai Party. I wasn’t at the talk, but I saw the photo on a Facebook feed.
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Our Inadequate Way of Dealing With Bangkok’s Air Pollution

Lacking a better response to the growing air pollution, some Bangkokians have resorted to dealing with the issue individually.

Stopped by Police in Thailand? What You Should Do.

There are plenty of stories about bad police planting evidence or fake police shaking down the innocent. What to do if someone claiming to be a police officer wants to search your person or belongings?

Voranai: Why #WeDon’tWantSrivara

Society is getting fed up with grumpy old men in uniforms suffering from delusions of self-importance and incurably rude behavior.
Thanathorn Juangroongruangkit in an undated photo. Photo: Prachachat

Another Party of One?

Some Thais feel hope in the yet-to-be-named political party by Thanathorn Juangroongruangkit, but will it be more participatory or another billionaire beast of hierarchy?

Go Russian Into Pattaya in Debut of Khaosod English The Show

Follow editor Todd Ruiz and reporter Teeranai Charuvastra into the mean streets of Pattaya, Thailand, as they search for Russians (et al) arrested for conducting "advanced sex training" in the city.
Junta leader Prayuth Chan-ocha is the aorta nourishing a heart comprised of faces from across the red-yellow political divide in T-shirts worn by members of the newly registered Phure Chart Thai Party, which extols national reconciliation as its main objective.

Voranai: Friends of General Prayuth

Key members of the Pheu Thai Party visited Thaksin Shinawatra in Singapore, and perhaps also elsewhere. These weren’t just friendly calls by old-time pals; there was a political motive behind it. The general election is coming – later rather than sooner – but it’s coming.
Then-candidate Yingluck Shinawatra strikes a gong on May 27, 2011, in Maha Sarakham province to signal the start of her election campaign in the Isaan region.

Work for a Coup-Proof Thailand Starts After Election Day

Anti-junta protesters are focused on not just pushing for speedy elections as promised but also attempting to end the vicious cycle of coups.

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