The bad news could not have come faster or more unpleasantly on Friday afternoon.
Just as the feminists were about to celebrate, a topless model reappeared on Page 3 of the UK-based newspaper The Sun on Thursday. A couple of days prior to that, the activists campaigning for no breasts in the national newspaper were about to put away their “No More Page 3” banners after The Sun did not put a topless woman on its famous Page 3 for three days, prompting the international media to praise the decision as a “victory” for feminists.
For a moment it looked like the British national media had finally become nipple-free after more than 40 years. For the first three days of last week The Sun’s Page 3 girl, normally topless, was actually wearing clothes, prompting insiders and other newspapers to speculate that a decision had finally been made to drop the much-criticised daily dose of titillation.
Let’s be clear, Yingluck Shinawatra’s impeachment wasn’t entirely about a disastrous rice scheme. This was in fact the logical conclusion of a farcical tenure. Notwithstanding political motivations, this was about preventing a repeat of something very undemocratic; a prime minister with zero previous experience, someone who handed the reigns of power to a fugitive — a gambler who bet 600 billion baht of the country’s money and lost, without a care about being held accountable.
As China and Russia have surged in power over the past 15 years, more and more people have started to wonder if democracy is really the best economic system. For example, consider Hungarian President Viktor Orban's comments in a Bloomberg News article last July:
Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha was apparently upset when the press questioned him early this week about the problematic cyber bills. He should not be.
Thitinan Pongsudhirak asserts, “A ‘third-way’ compromise is imperative”, (Opinion, Jan 23). The law cannot be compromised to appease certain parties.
Violence in Thailand's deep South is at its lowest level in the past 11 years. While this is a very positive development for the people of the South who have lived with violence and fear on a daily basis, it does not portend a lasting peace. Indeed, it could actually be counterproductive.
The men are itching to pry, to take a peek into your Line chats, your Facebook inboxes, your email history, the bread crumbs of your digital life. Naturally, you cover your screen and say no. Naturally, in the age of Snowden-Manning-Assange, we're conscious of the fact that the sphere of online privacy is not fair game, or at worst it shouldn't be.
Pencil thin, white pale skin, strikingly huge doll eyes — these are the features that capture the ideal East Asian woman today.
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