It's nearly the end of the year, and I constantly bemoan the passing of time. There is so much to do, and so little time to do it in.
Our beloved prime minister admits his government is not 100% democratic. Let’s be honest, who needs this democracy shamocracy, anyway, apart from a few arms manufacturers in the the good ol’ US of A.
On Friday, the Supreme Administrative Court handed down a devastating ruling that forces the Pollution Control Department to pay more than 9 billion baht to a private consortium known as the NVPSKG which was contracted to build the Klong Dan waste water treatment facility in tambon Klong Dan, Bang Bo district of Samut Prakan.
In the anticipatory tumult leading up to today's putative climax of the Iran nuclear talks, it's become easy to forget that there is no truly satisfactory solution to the problem posed by the Tehran regime's deep desire to reach the nuclear threshold.
Thai students last year took an international test in computer skills and performed poorly against others around the world. The headlines we saw afterward are something we are all too familiar with.
On Dec 6, nervous teenagers around the world will sit down to take the SAT. Most will succeed or fail honestly. Others, particularly in Asia, may well have bought the answers beforehand.
Cinema enlightens. This is the motto of the Thai Film Archive that I cherish, for in the dark coffin that’s a movie theatre, sometimes a beam of light illuminates the Rosetta of wisdom. But of course we’re not living in an age of enlightenment. The spectre of truth, transcendence and allegory, of image and bliss, is chased away like rabid dogs when you turn up at a cinema and find a whole precinct of idle policemen blinking at Jennifer Lawrence, if not slurping free soft drinks as if this were the most important assignment of their career.
Re: “Juvenile democracy”, (PostBag, Nov 20).
This is not the first time media reform has been introduced as a public policy agenda in Thailand. But it is the first time such an initiative has emerged under a non-democratic regime while being perpetuated by scores of people who claim to be democratic and advancing reforms for the lofty goal of democracy.
An observation on media restrictions and reform: Anger is appropriate and legitimate under certain circumstances.
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