17 Aug 2020
Years ago, someone suggested a clever linguistic trick. At the time Nelly Mandelly was being locked away in apartheid South Africa, and Martin Luther King was getting assassinated for having a dream. Skin colour, then as now, was a big thing in politics.
9 Jul 2020
Richmond Enquirer Verité sans peur July 5, 1862 Govt backs ‘slave business’ The government of the Confederate States of America, cotton farmers and slave traders have dismissed claims by a human rights group that black slaves used to pick cotton are maltreated and announced plans to take foreign diplomats on a visit to see the slaves at work for themselves.
17 Mar 2020
Some stories that probably won’t be appearing in the next few weeks.
2 Mar 2020
The government is coming under increasing criticism from its conservative elite supporters for its failure to contain the outbreak of a new virus in Thailand
17 Feb 2020
Harrison George on Gen Apirat Kongsompong's statement that the Nakhon Ratchasima mass shooter is "not a soldier anymore".
11 Dec 2019
This week in Alien Thoughts, Harrison George talks about what could happen once military conscription is abolished.
12 Nov 2019
On Nov 5 another climate change report came out. Yawn. But this one made the news. Not because of the information it contained. This was just a distillation of countless earlier papers, many of them compilations of yet more reports. But there were 2 newsworthy features in this report.
28 Oct 2019
The sorry situation facing the Kurds in northeastern Syria needs a radical re-framing. So far the political situation in the region has been reported within the framework of simple-minded dichotomies between good hats and bad hats and Trump-friendly nostrums like ‘the enemy of my enemy is my friend’.
18 Oct 2019
Harrison George unpacks the talk/rant delivered by Army Commander-in-Chief Gen Apirat Kongsompong on 11 October 2019.
3 Oct 2019
The future of Amnesty International Thailand has been thrown into doubt after the government ordered a member of its Executive Board to be replaced with a Deputy Minister.
16 Sep 2019
This week in Alien Thoughts, Harrison George imagines what a government press release on the reported conviction and incarceration of Deputy Minister of Agriculture and Cooperatives Thamanat Prompow in 1993-1997 in Australia and the allegations that he falsified his education might be like.
2 Sep 2019
The bride was radiant in white; the groom was in black. The courtship had been respectful and circumspect, yet passionate and enchanting. The families had carefully estimated the socioeconomic standing of the prospective in-laws and declared themselves satisfied. A pre-nuptial agreement had been successfully negotiated and the list of wedding gifts had been well subscribed.