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Opinion: The rich sin and the poor die

The men were covered head to toe in bright yellow protective gear. Wrapped around their feet and their torsos were white plastic bags to offer an added degree of protection. The body was also wrapped in a white bag...

Opinion: Pre-war Japan and present day Thailand share the same scourge of military-rule

Leading up to the Second World War, the Japanese government was at odds with itself over a potential war with the United States. A strong militaristic culture built around outward expansion and the imperial dynasty hampered decision making by...

Opinion: The state will not show mercy to Penguin but the individual can

In his essay "The Undiscovered Self," Swiss psychologist Carl Jung argued that in order to organize society, there needed to be a de-individualizing of human beings.A society would not be able to function, Jung argues, if the rules...

Asian-Americans celebrate Shang-Chi but Asia notes its orientalism and stereotypes

Last week, the trailer for Marvel's latest superhero flick dropped. Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings is suppose to be the studio's first Asian-lead superhero, a milestone moment for Asian representation in Hollywood.Already Asian-American actors and...

The Milk Tea Alliance: one year in, where is it now?

The Milk Tea Alliance celebrated its first anniversary on April 7. But with democracy movements across the region facing setbacks, where does the Alliance stand today? What are its possible futures? When Twitter Public Policy launched the tri-colored #MilkTeaAlliance emoji, it...

Well-meaning progressive project backfires; causes chain reaction of cyber-bullying

An online social experiment by senior students at Chulalongkorn University, designed to reveal hidden prejudices in Thai society, sparked outrage this week among the public and members of the LGBTQ+ community for its approach and research methodology. The experiment, which...

Opinion: Was anything accomplished by the military coups we had in the last two decades?

Thailand has seen two military coups in the last twenty years, one in 2006 and one in 2014.Both coups were led by generals from the Royal Thai Army who claimed that they were taking power to end corruption and...

Opinion: The generals indecisiveness is costing the country big in pandemic fight

One of the expectations when you have military men running the country is that at least they would be decisive.Human rights? Probably not. Liberty respected? Definitely no. Fully functioning democracy? Not really.But decisive, firm, and quick action is a...

Opinion: A school banned ‘abnormal’ sexualities so I filed a lawsuit

In 2015, the Thai legislative body passed the Gender Equality Act which outlaws discrimination based on sexes (including sexual orientation). The bill has garnered some criticisms due to its outdated notion of sexuality as well as its overly broad...

Opinion: Blame the rot in Thai high society for the third wave of the pandemic

Over the course of the past few weeks, many Thais have been outraged at the conduct of the current government and its ministers.Many have blamed the third wave of the pandemic on some ministers who disregarded health and...

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