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Opinion: Now We’re All Suckers For Power

It's good that nearly five years of direct military rule will likely be over soon, but even the way it ends shows we've all come to depend on absolute power.

Opinion: Honest Learning From Strangers in the Next Table

One of the occasional perks of sitting alone at a cafe or bar next to a table of conversing people is you get to...

Opinion: Comfortably Numb in Death Race Thailand

Last week I asked a driving instructor from the Land Transport Department why there is no special license required to ride big motorbikes.
Former Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra waves to supporters as she arrives in 2017 to the Supreme Court to make her final statements in a trial on a charge of criminal negligence. Photo: Sakchai Lalit / Associated Press

Opinion: Women in Politics, Good Looks and Distractions

To some men, having women in politics is unfortunately often still about good looks. It’s a distraction to many of these males. Think of...
Crowds at Iconsiam on Nov. 9.

Opinion: Is Iconsiam an Icon of Prosperity or Disparity?

Bangkok’s newest luxury mall, the 54 billion-baht Iconsiam, is marketed as the “Icon of Eternal Prosperity.”
Future Forward Party Founding members Thanatorn Juangroongruangkit, center right, and Piyabutr Saengkanokkul, center left, in May during a party meeting. Photo: Matichon

Opinion: Future Forward Dragged Down by the Present

How far will a new progressive political party go to attract voters? And to what extent is it willing to compromise its anti-junta stance? The...
Akawutt 'Ake' Auttagorn holds a sign reading 'Liar Liar' as Suthep Thaugsuban canvasses Wednesday at Big C Ratchadamri.

Opinion: A Rude Bangkok Awakening for Suthep

It was almost sad to watch the once popular Suthep Thaugsuban marching this past week in Bangkok to ...
Image: Rap Against Dictatorship / YouTube

Anti-Junta Battle on Social Media Far From Over

The battle between pro- and anti-junta elements has increasingly shifted onto the internet and social media in particular. Two weeks ago, junta leader Gen. Prayuth...
Apirat Kongsompong arrives at a news conference Wednesday at the army headquarters in Bangkok.

Opinion: Understanding the Rogue Thai Army

Thailand's rogue generals are like condominium guards who have gotten used to taking control of the building now and then.
A pro-election demonstrator holds up a sign in 2014 at a polling station in Bangkok.

The Thai General Elections: A Catch 22

The much anticipated general elections – slated for February are generating considerable relief, but also doubt about how free and fair they may be. To...

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