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Oh My Codcast! Episode 4 – Patee Sarasin

Today, former Nok Air CEO Patee Sarasin joins the team at Oh My Codcast! to reminisce on the aviation industry and the challenges that he faced.Among the topics that we talk about is how he got start in...

Jasmine Chia reflects on the PDRC protests and her meditations for the future

In Antonio Gramsci’s Prison Notebooks, he writes: “The crisis consists precisely in the fact that the old is dying and the new cannot be born; in this interregnum a great variety of morbid symptoms appears.”Tyrell Haberkorn revived the quote...

International Women’s Day is a cause for celebration but many challenges remain in Thailand

March 8 is always International Women’s Day (IWD). But what people don’t know is that IWD has radical roots, dating back to a 1909 Women’s Day organized by the Socialist Party of America. An annual “special Women’s Day” was...

Reflecting on October 14, 1973 in light of the current student protests

Of all the protests in Thai history, two are remembered with unmatched significance: 14 October 1973 and 6 October 1976. One ended in regime change, the other in a massacre.As students once again take to the streets, leading the general public...

Admit it, your online self is appalling; stick to these three netiquette rules

As a nation, we consider ourselves to be very polite, considerate and respectful of elders; keeping sarcasm, negativism and critical thoughts to ourselves. While commendable, these manners that have been beaten into us by our elders exist only in...

The BIG Interview: Zakariya Amataya

Zakariya Amataya is an award-winning poet, Thailand’s first Muslim to win the prestigious SEA Write award, a community leader and an editor. The Narathiwat-born writer has spoken on what it means to be Muslim in Thailand, the Melayu identity...

Thailand cracks Pornhub’s top twenty list despite government efforts

Thailand's finally made its long awaited debut on Pornhub's Top Twenty Countries by Traffic's list in 2019, rising six spots to claim seventeenth place.That places Thailand above Russia but underneath India and the Ukraine, on the list compiled...

How Thai language reinforces hierarchy and perpetuates social divides

Despite having never really been educated in a Thai educational system, Thanyarat (not her real name) grew up believing she was a proper and proud Thai -- born and raised.That belief, however, was soon challenged on the first...

OPINION: Independent filmmakers need more support from the government

For young people in Thailand, independent film is a relatively new phenomenon. Not until “Uncle Boonmee Who Can Recall His Past Lives” became the first South-East Asian film to win the Palme d’Or award at the Cannes Film Festival...

OPINION: Why the Future Forward Party dissolution may actually strengthen Thai democracy

“So this is how liberty dies,” Senator Padme Adimala says when Palpatine declares himself absolute monarch, “with thunderous applause.” Deep anger and disillusionment rippled across Thai social media today, as the quote was shared across the Thai twitterverse and Line...

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