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A screenshot of a news program on Thailand's Channel 5 showing actress Meryl Streep as former UK Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher instead of the real recently-deceased Thatcher. (Picture by Nopadol Prompasit/Facebook)

Thai TV station red-faced after Thatcher-Streep gaffe

By Tue, Apr 09, 2013 1:30PM UTC Comments Off A screenshot of a news program on Thailand's Channel 5 showing actress Meryl Streep as former UK Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher instead of the real recently-deceased Thatcher. (Picture by Nopadol Prompasit/Facebook)

Former UK Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher passed away on Monday at the age of 87 and with the passing of a historical figure like her, the mechanisms of the media go into full swing as her political legacies are discussed with either passion or loathing (while social media discussed whether or not the etiquette-based courtesy...

Thai Culture Minister slams SNL ‘Rosetta Stone’ sketch

By Tue, Feb 05, 2013 10:15AM UTC Comments Off Thai Culture Minister slams SNL ‘Rosetta Stone’ sketch

About two weeks ago, the long-running US-American TV-show “Saturday Night Live” on NBC* had a skit lampooning the language-learning software Rosetta Stone (see embedded video below). In the parody commercial, some of the testimonials claim to use the software to learn Thai, order “to go to Thailand – for a thing…!” Of course, given that these...

Thai TV cancels drama series, viewers smell political interference

By Mon, Jan 07, 2013 10:00AM UTC Comments Off Publicity poster for cancelled Thai TV series 'Nua Mek'. Pic: Facebook.

Channel 3 has cancelled the airing of the “lakorn” series “Nua Mek” (literally “Above the Clouds” or metaphorically “Unrivalled”), which was due to show the finale of the second season on Friday. The odd circumstances and reasoning make this the first real hot issue of the New Year for many. The story of “Nua Mek”...

IBIS Film Screening “As If I Am Not There”

By Thu, Nov 01, 2012 7:47AM UTC Comments Off IBIS Film Screening “As If I Am Not There”

IBIS Film Screening “As If I Am Not There” byUCDspirePosted onNovember 1, 2012 The Institute for British Irish Studies (IBIS) and the School of Politics and International Relations in University College Dublin (UCD) would like to invite you to the screening of the movie As If I Am Not There on Tuesday, the 6th of November 2012, 6-8pm in theatre 1, Newman Building, University College Dublin (UCD). The screening will be followed by a discussion with the film director Juanita Wilson.Juanita Wilson’s debut feature, As If I Am Not There, serves as a timely reminder of the atrocities suffered during...

Why India’s Assam violence hasn’t made the headlines

By Fri, Jul 27, 2012 2:20AM UTC Comments Off Villagers carry Dynul Ali, who fainted, while describing to lawmakers how his 13-year-old son Akram Ali was killed in ethnic violence, at a relief camp at Bijni in Chirang District, Assam, India, Thursday. Pic: AP.

I do not get to watch much television. But whatever little has passed my eye over the past few days, I felt that rioting in Assam was not jumping out of the screens like it does in other riotous situations – most infamously in Gujarat 2002, billed as India’s first live (sic) riots. I asked...

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