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Rule With an Iron Fist. Lie Without Shame.

A long, long time ago, just one day after junta leader Gen. Prayuth Chan-ocha staged his May 2014 coup, I was asked by Al Jazeera TV what I thought of him.

Opinion: From American Racism to Thai Chauvinism

The anti-racist protests and riots in the United States across 70 cities as a result of the police killing of black man George Floyd on May 25 have got some in Thailand reflecting upon their own society.

Opinion: Thai Poor Face Either Death by Coronavirus, or Economic Ruin

Monitoring daily government press conferences and its latest coronavirus figures has become a daily ritual for many Thais as they enter a nationwide lockdown in April.

Opinion: Emergency Power in the Hand of an Ex-Dictator is Worrying

Even though I personally support lockdown measures as long as there are adequate compensations to affected people, we can debate whether a state of emergency is really warranted at this point.
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Yet Another Sad Propaganda Ballad for Juntaland

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

Opinion: Thais Should Fear the Danger of Pandemic’s New Normal

The end of the coronavirus pandemic is nowhere in sight, yet the New Normal of lives and politics in Thailand is already here.
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...

Opinion: Named and Shamed, Thailand Locked in Deep Denial

Juntaland earned another ignoble distinction last week when the United Nations named Thailand among 38 “shameful” nations that carry out reprisals or intimidate ...

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.

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