Former Thai prime minister Anand Panyarachun on lack of understanding of democracy and tyranny:

“Thais do not possess a public mind; they only get together as a group to oppose something and not to proactively call for something.”

Anand Panyarachun makes good points in his discussion, but I’d be eager to know what he thinks the role of education plays in the development of democracy.  He criticizes absolute control, but can there be a check on absolute control in the mechanisms of government if  everyone is not absolutely under the law?

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Student group from Thammasat University, Prakai Fire, are staging three plays commemorating the October 6th, 1976 massacre at Thammasat University.  The students have been threatened and several media outlets have banned coverage.

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Students at a school in Chiang Mai dressed up as Nazis for their “Sport” Day creating quite a stir internationally.  Coverage here, here, and here.

Worship ceremony to the River Goddess to protect Bangkok from flooding will be sponsored by the BMA.

The latest singing sensation with over 16 million hits.  Beware, this clip is not Mr. Robinson’s Neighborhood.  Interesting discussion in the blogosphere: