“I will keep my promise and bring back the beauty of this land. Give me just a bit of time.” So sang the chorus of Gen Prayut Chan-ocha’s first ballad. … Continue reading Prayut and the Possibilities of Power
Yesterday, I had the chance to listen to California state treasurer John Chiang at a lecture sponsored by the Berkeley Forum and the Goldman School of Public Policy. At first, … Continue reading John Chiang, Pragmatic Progressive
“Stronger Together” was the slogan that Hillary Clinton had chosen for her election campaign. It was a firmly inclusive message, but it was an ironic one for the candidate. She … Continue reading Vanquished, Not Vanished
“I don’t agree with a word you say”, wrote Evelyn Beatrice Hall, “but I’ll defend to the death your right to say it.” The quote is often misattributed to Voltaire, … Continue reading In Defence of Free Speech
The start of college is often like a mysterious fog that suddenly rolls after the outset of summer break. As a high school student, I knew so much about my … Continue reading Berkeley Beginnings
I have lots to say in this post.
That’s probably not new, because most who know me will simply point out that I always tend to have quite a bit to say. Unfortunately, though, that will make this post a little long. I originally intended it to be about some of the books I’ve been reading this summer, but then I realised that usually, a little over halfway through the year, I like to sit back and talk a little bit about what I’m feeling about my writing, and of course I want to do that as well. So there’s two parts to this post, and without further ado…
On August 1, 2017, former prime minister Yingluck Shinawatra delivered a tearful closing statement to the Thai Supreme Court. The case in question: negligence and corruption in the Yingluck administration’s … Continue reading Why Yingluck Is Wrong on the Rice Pledging Policy