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We Remember Moments

We Remember Moments

I remember a time when society reacted with shock and anger. The Thai coup of 2014 had provoked public resistance to the military takeover. Pro-democracy demonstrators peacefully gathered on May 24, 2014 at Victory M ...

Once upon a time when people wanted an election

Once upon a time when people wanted an election

Remembering a time when Thais demanded for the right to vote in a free election. What happened. On February 2, 2014, the world watched Thailand’s general election unfold within a tenuous political environment. One ...

The Land of Seas of Mountains – Part 1

The Land of Seas of Mountains – Part 1

From Bangkok to Loei. Thailand’s capital city is a mess. The stifling political heat within the city, and accompanying it was the sense of middle class apathy, has drained me. Then the opportunity presents its ...

Indonesia: Hundreds Arrested in West Papua Demonstrations

Indonesia: Hundreds Arrested in West Papua Demonstrations

Source: abc NEWS Indonesian police detained several hundred people Monday at protests around the country demanding independence for remote West Papua. Arrests were made in cities in Sulawesi, Java and Papua but demon ...

The Right to Participate

The Right to Participate

Source: Khaosod English One hundred and nine groups consisting of NGOs, civic groups, grassroots organizations, labor groups, students and anti-junta organizations met for two days over the weekend and came out with ...

No Peace Without Freedom

No Peace Without Freedom

You can’t have peace without freedom, and you can’t have freedom without peace. Tunku Abdul Rahman Putra Al-Haj (Malaysia’s First Prime Minister)   ...

Unhappiness in Between Smiles

Unhappiness in Between Smiles

Anti-junta protesters march against military rule on the second anniversary of Thailand’s military coup.   ...

Launching Democracy to Oblivion

Launching Democracy to Oblivion

The future of democracy in Thailand. Image courtesy: @chayika   ...

In Nothingness We Are Equal, Then We are Not

In Nothingness We Are Equal, Then We are Not

Narrowing the concerns. Wage. Debts. Housing. Family. Life. Bangkok has seen it’s fair share of hardship, during times of democracy, martial law, and in times of uncertainty under the military elites. These are ...

Attitude Readjustment to Stop Your Thoughts

Attitude Readjustment to Stop Your Thoughts

Phumtham Wachayachai, the present secretary of Pheu Thai Party, had expressed his concerns about the situation in Thailand. The recent situation was when Pichai Nariptapan and Karoon Hosakul were detained by the jun ...

The Citizen’s Constitution in The Land of Smiles

The Citizen’s Constitution in The Land of Smiles

Junta leader General Prayuth Chan-ocha said criticism would be forbidden until a new constitution was in place. A constitution that allegedly would facilitate the return of democracy to Thailand, and increase the po ...

Political gluttony in a realm torn by greed

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 ...

Wave of Protests Signals Fundamental Shift in Malaysian Society

Wave of Protests Signals Fundamental Shift in Malaysian Society

The present wave of protests seem to suggest a fundamental shift in Malaysian society today – there is a collective change of mood, away from passive and subservient acceptance of an authoritarian political order t ...

Aung San Suu Kyi: From Icon to Political Player

Aung San Suu Kyi: From Icon to Political Player

The woman who was once the world's most famous political prisoner is now wearing the less glamorous mantle of a mere politician. In reality, the (in)famous Burmese politician does no justice for anyone. A slaughtered ...

Right-Wing Ideology – An Addictive Degeneration of Rights

Right-Wing Ideology – An Addictive Degeneration of Rights

To many Thais living outside of the metropolis, the blazed elitist campaign proves to be a haunting prospect, the gnawing fear of returning to a time of unrest during the Coup of 2006. While as the urban poor communi ...

The Devaluation of the Nobel Peace Prize?

The Devaluation of the Nobel Peace Prize?

Two hundred and thirty-one people and organisations were nominated for this year’s Nobel Peace Prize, widely heralded as one of the most prestigious honours in global politics. Yet the five-person committee respons ...

Dialogue and Spin: Genocide on Australia’s doorstep, the West Papuan Story

Dialogue and Spin: Genocide on Australia’s doorstep, the West Papuan Story

July of 1969 was a big month. Whilst the ‘civilized’ world was focused on the deployment of three men to the moon, Indonesia was finalizing steps to wrest control of the territory of West Papua from the United Na ...

The War on Terror and Democracy’s Faustian Bargain

The War on Terror and Democracy’s Faustian Bargain

Unfortunately for Western democracy, Mephistopheles and his minions have finally grasped what is important in the 21st Century – national security, border control and injustice. These are what the denizens of the W ...

US Ambassador to Indonesia Addresses Violence Against Minority Groups

US Ambassador to Indonesia Addresses Violence Against Minority Groups

The United States Ambassador to Indonesia Scot A. Marciel said lax law enforcement was responsible for cases of violence against minority groups in the country. ...

Khalil Muhammad on Confronting the Contradictions of America’s Past
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Khalil Muhammad on Confronting the Contradictions of America’s Past

Historian Khalil Gibran Muhammad dissected the contradictions between the American belief in equality and freedom and its actual treatment of its own citizens ...

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