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A Different Paradigm: Reclaiming Our Minds From the Post-Apocalyptic Motif

It’s time to start thinking about why it is so often used to create fear and hate as opposed to the opposite, and to start doing more to counteract that manipulation ...

A Void in Kuala Lumpur, the Death of Humanity

‘Holier Than Thou’ Prevailing attitudes towards the homeless , the vagabond, the beggar, the ostracized, are based on the view that government officials, officers of enforcement agencies and representativ ...

An Ancient Abandoned Temple Hides A Mystery

No monks are there -- the cold wall stands oddly. / Where the pond shows fair, a dragonfly comes out and suns itself, / Where the monstrous tree makes a shade, a hummingbird flies out and around. / On ancient flagsto ...

Pauperism, a slow decay of dreams

After such time, the aches, the weariness seeps into the body, wrapping onto bones and generating the lethargic shroud of oblivion. Nay, can I not say that many times I wish, feverishly seek a retirement in a realm f ...

City built by the broken

Bangkok, the metropolis built upon the broken shoulders of man, and yet, now the absence of humanity walks to the twisted lane and stalks the majesty of a city made from the tears of the poor. Life is cheap, or most ...

Fight for Democracy, We Want Election

“As long as the country’s democracy is not safe. we will be here.” The words of Thailand’s Red Shirt leader, Jatuporn Prompan, who leads thousands of pro-government supporters and the United F ...

A Call from ThaiSouth – The Voice of Desperation

The Call The cell phone rang, vibrated with urgency, awakening me from my nap. Past midnight, my hand on the device, eager to shut the noise. These past few nights, I’ve not been able to sleep well, for some re ...

Memory loss, political strangulation as a messiah rampages again

She doesn’t know, he doesn’t remember, while another friend seems disinterested with my queries, and my persistence. While it was all passionate intelligent talk almost a month ago, now it’s simply ...

A Rohingya in Bangkok: Driven, Determined

Mohamed Saibal works with his colleague and friend by the busy roadside, both shy men are from one of the most oppressed community in the region. Saibal is a Rohingya, working in the heart of Thailand, patiently sell ...

The realm spreads upon hardship, of sweet pain

Hardship, an ingredient necessary to uplift the intoxication of the urban illusion. She, aye the one who squats on the floor, is surrounded by the capitalist ignorance of the race for luxury; she remains forgotten an ...

ThaiSouth in Suthep’s Bangkok

February the First, marked another violent episode in Bangkok, though this time in Lak Si district where two opposing forces exchanged gunfire. I made my way to Central World, where the so-called People’s Democ ...

Convergence of Thoughts, in Kurang Village

Supplies needed, relief given. Hardship in these parts is deeply ingrained in the farming community, scattered in what appears to be dry barren land to any bubbly urban-born selfie-addicted Thai. Though the farmers s ...

Of rice, farmers and perseverance, in Maha Sarakham

The aircraft’s twin-engine roared as the ATR72-200’s breaks into slow submission to the kiss of earth. Finally, in a small landing field with a runway and surrounded by dark, brown-reddish earth and shor ...

Patterns of impunity and deceit in Myanmar

A UN supervised investigation is needed before more atrocities are committed against the Rohingya Muslims. Yet another deadly attack on Myanmar's persecuted Rohingya minority made the news recently, this time taking ...

Indonesian military gears up for oppression in West Papua

The Indonesian military has big plans and has made some big purchases. They have just acquired 8 units of AH-64 Apache combat helicopters as well as a number of submarines. Will they end be used for defense or to s ...

Thailand: Peace Hath her Victories

A group on January 10 wearing white gathered confidently to show support for their right to election and rejecting fascism. They, like many outside of the city, are determined to defend their right to self-determina ...

Political gluttony in a realm torn by greed

I'm back in Bangkok, where traffic conditions, urban pollution and color-based politics have reach a screeching point, where the educated elites are in their constant political brawl against what they call the uneduc ...

Poverty concealed by the passionate facade

Urban poverty is widely accepted by the urban Thai society where the social elites view themselves as 'civilized' and above the squalor. Homelessness is nothing new, yet the monstrosity of ignorance has left most imm ...

Yan Christian Warinussy: statement on draft autonomy law for West Papua

The provincial administration of West Papua is at present discussing the draft of a law for the Land of Papua which would be 'identical' with Law 21/2001 on Special Autonomy for the province of Papua. ...