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A file photo from the 2017 National Book Week in Bangkok.

Opinion: Why Don’t Thais Read?

By Tayo Tunyathon Koonprasert At 13, having just moved back to Bangkok after seven years in the United States, I asked my mom to take me...
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Yet Another Sad Propaganda Ballad for Juntaland

Music nurtures the soul, except when it's pathetic propaganda.

Thais, Passports and Struggles at Immigration

Imagine the scene. An overweight and intimidating-looking LAX officer painfully scrutinizes the papers handed over by the tiny Asian lady. Glancing up, he matches the face to the passport. Looking down, he checks his screen’s blacklist.
Clockwise from top left, Abhisit Vejjajiva, Thaksin Shinawatra, Yingluck Shinawatra and Prayuth Chan-ocha.

Cheat, Murderer, Idiot and Thug

All political leaders have lovers who support them come what may and haters who deride them no matter what they do. Here we shall focus on what the haters say. Why? Because it’s more fun that way.
Army chief Gen. Apirat Kongsompong and his officers swear oaths of loyalty on March 7, 2019, in front of a statue of King Rama V at army headquarters in Bangkok.

Opinion: Thailand’s General Elections and the Generals

Army chief Gen. Apirat Kongsompong and his officers swear oaths of loyalty on March 7, 2019, in front of a statue of King Rama V at army headquarters in Bangkok.

Opinion: Why Hasn’t the Greta Thunberg Effect Hit Thailand?

Why do some people feel so threatened by Swedish climate activist Greta Thunberg?

Brighter Butts, Darker Futures

Walk into any high-end department store in Bangkok and find an immense display of cosmetic brands from Avon to Yves Saint Laurent. Whatever their primary purpose, they all share one prominent feature – making parts of your body whiter.

Thai Law: Secrets to Surviving the New Inheritance Tax

There are enormous tax breaks provided by the government. The problem is most people are completely unaware of them. Take the new inheritance tax...

Opinion: How the Junta Rigged, Tweaked and Stole the Election

The Election Commission has finally announced the 2019 election’s official results, more than a month after voting day. Now, we should ask whether the election was free and fair.
An image showing a construction of residences on Doi Suthep in Chiang Mai province. Photo: Yahya Mankong / Facebook

Voranai: The Spoils of Siam

Last week, I was doing my routine run at my usual track. Afterwards, sinking into a chair, sweat drenching from every pore, I overheard a group of elderly puu yai gentlemen talking nearby. These were businessmen, captains of industries, and they were complaining about corruption that oozes out from everywhere, just as the sweat from my every pore. I’ve been running here for the past 20 years, and I’ve heard the same complaint over and over. No matter which political party was in charge, and now with the military government. So, if governments change, why does corruption remain? There’s a number of reasons for this, one of which is the constant that remains despite the parade of different governments: the bureaucrats (kah-racha-karn), the nucleus in the day-to-day management of Thailand.

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