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  • Bangkok youth still pessimistic about current state of poltics

    By Jun 06, 2011

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    Bangkok youth still pessimistic about current state of poltics

    By Saksith Saiyasombut Last year, we blogged about a survey that found out that 60 per cent of the Bangkok youth did care little to nothing for politics, most of them irked and weary because of conflicts, untrustworthy politicians and generally headache-inducing complex issues. So much so that 90 per cent said that there’s no

  • Thai Culture Minister’s anti-religious-tattoo-on-foreigners-gate redux

    By Jun 03, 2011

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    A man showing his back tattooed with ancient scripts at Wat Bang Phra Temple in Nakhon Chaisri, Thailand. The sacred, Buddhist movties are said to grant supernatural powers to it's bearers. (Image by Flickr user "kPluto", licsenced under CC)

    By Saksith Saiyasombut Yesterday’s post on the Thai Ministry of Culture’s declaration of intent to stop foreign tourists from getting religious tattoos has created quite a buzz around the net. No wonder, since this is a) a story affecting a lot of tourists, and b) quite honestly yet another stupid idea by the self-proclaimed heralds

  • Tongue-Thai’ed! Part VI: Wifebeating campaign poster edition?!

    By Jun 02, 2011

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    Tongue-Thai’ed! Part VI: Wifebeating campaign poster edition?!

    By Saksith Saiyasombut “Tongue-Thai’ed!” encapsulates the most baffling, amusing, confusing, outrageous and appalling quotes from Thai politicians and other public figures – in short: everything we hear that makes us go “Huh?!”. Check out all past entries here. The campaign season offers many curious incidents and sightings that only appear during the run-up to the elections,

  • Thai Culture Ministry to crack down on religious tattoos on foreign skin

    By May 31, 2011

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    Thai Culture Ministry to crack down on religious tattoos on foreign skin

    By Saksith Saiyasombut Tattoos have a very special place in Thailand. They’re more than just permanent fashion statements, not unlike amulets they are regarded as spiritual guardians. Tattoos with religious or spiritual motives, called Yantra tattoos, are yet another sign that Thais take their beliefs skin-deep. Philip Cornwel-Smith dedicated a whole chapter in his excellent book “Very Thai”

  • Tongue-Thai’ed! Part V: Shooting for sympathy

    By May 30, 2011

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    Tongue-Thai’ed! Part V: Shooting for sympathy

    By Saksith Saiyasombut “Tongue-Thai’ed!” encapsulates the most baffling, amusing, confusing, outrageous and appalling quotes from Thai politicians and other public figures – in short: everything we hear that makes us go “Huh?!”. Check out all past entries here. One of the most discussed issues ever since Prime Minister Abhisit called for elections was the fear of

  • FCCT panel on Thailand’s lèse majesté law: ‘Waiting to see how the wind blows’

    By May 26, 2011

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    By Lisa Gardner (Guest contributor) With the tone of the debate set: “Lèse majesté,” read the event profile, “A Threat To Thailand’s Democracy,” social critics, academics, researchers, journalists and non-government activists gathered to ignite what has since become a prominent, well-documented debate. How might lèse majesté be applied to stifle legitimate political debate? Soon, however,

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