Political (and cultural) futures

12 12 2009

Readers may be interested in a report in The Irrawaddy (12 December 2009: “Yellow vs Red to Roll On in Thailand”) which draws on earlier comments on the Prachatai forum “Thailand in Transition: A Historic Challenge, and What’s Next?”. Some short quotes from the article:

Jon Ungpakorn:  “The media does not discuss extrajudicial killings, torture, the level of the military budget.”

Thongchai Winichakul, referring to King Chulalongkorn’s succession: “The more superhuman the father was made to look, the steeper the mountain the Crown Prince had to climb.” The text of Thongchai’s talk is at New Mandala while the slides her refers to are here.

Pasuk Phongpaichit: “Thailand should be a fairer place than it is today.”

From a different site and perspective, readers will also find Kong Rithdee’s post on the Ministry of Culture of interest for tracking down and punishing one of its officials. Kong’s conclusion: “Poor ministry. They still don’t get it that the most important culture is the culture of constructive criticism and free expression.”



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