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Alan Dawson

Online Reporter / Sub-Editor

A Canadian by birth. Former Saigon's UPI bureau chief. Drafted into the American Armed Forces. He has survived eleven wars and innumerable coups. A walking encyclopedia of knowledge.

Alan Dawson
17 Mar 2019

Commission on a mission

After the worst possible lead-up, the country holds its breath over whether this year's military appointed Election Commission can count the votes.

17 Mar 2019 24
Commission on a mission
10 Mar 2019

Full medal jacket

Harsh words about stalking and sneering at military medals have sent political soldiers running to the court, crying they have been defamed.

10 Mar 2019 59
Full medal jacket
3 Mar 2019

Campaign standards

That was the week when so many that will shape the next chapters, on voting day and in nine weeks, when final results are announced.

3 Mar 2019 16
Campaign standards
24 Feb 2019

Scum of the Earth

The army claims the hate song <i>Nak Phandin</i> was anti-communist but in reality it was the anthem for the eventually murderous campaign to overthrow democracy.

24 Feb 2019 29
Scum of the Earth
17 Feb 2019

Indictment of the innocent

Freedom and fair election took hits, but the capper was the rush to judgement around the case of Thai Raksa Chart's own goal about the Princess.

17 Feb 2019 49
Indictment of the innocent
10 Feb 2019

A right royal confusion

Presenting Princess Ubolratana as election candidate was the most diabolical plan - and the question is whether it will finally destroy the Evil One.

10 Feb 2019 127
A right royal confusion
3 Feb 2019

Do something!

To the water cannons that are worse than a Songkran ambush to those involved, we shall now have a token slowdown of factories that produce no PM2.5 pollution.

3 Feb 2019 18
Do something!
27 Jan 2019

Inclined to be unfair

Rules, regulations, paperwork, make-work and 'no campaign posters until we say so' tilt the field to the advantage of the well-funded pro-military party.

27 Jan 2019 43
Inclined to be unfair
20 Jan 2019

Out of the box

A comfortable cabinet headed by the general prime minister, Gen (Ret) Prayut Chan-o-cha, recommends that children must never be encouraged to think outside the box.

20 Jan 2019 114
Out of the box
13 Jan 2019

Go to Plan B

Not a word from the Prime Minister about a possible election, but his fellow ex-army commander ordered his Interior Ministry to halt poll preparations.

13 Jan 2019 80
Go to Plan B