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Cabinet shake-up brings headache for PM Prayut, opportunity for Thamanat

A Feb 24 Criminal Court verdict has placed Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha in a situation he was dreading — the need for a Cabinet reshuffle he reportedly tried to delay…

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Thai MP Sira courting controversy but flirting with disaster

Although new to Parliament, Sira Jenjaka has lost no time in stealing the limelight from veteran MPs – drawing publicity for his outspoken views, belligerent talk and ability to take…

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Watanya Opsasi, MP from Palang Pracharath party.

Shining a light on ‘Fixed Stars’ – the rebel MPs rocking Thai coalition’s unity

The prime minister and nine Cabinet members managed to sail through the recent censure vote, but the voting has rejiggered a rift between the coalition’s two largest partners. Six MPs…

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Social media resistance

Across the South-East-Asian nation, millions have marched against military dictatorship. Both private and public workers have engaged in the Civil Disobedience Movement (CDM), in an attempt to shake the military…

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PM has defused one big bomb, but faces more

Although Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha appears to be sailing out of a big storm, his ship will still remain in uncharted waters, which could turn extremely treacherous at any moment….

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Arnond, the royalist scholar and loyal defender of Thailand’s monarchy

Assistant Professor Arnond Sakworawich first came under the spotlight last November, when he sparred on TV with firebrand protest leader Panusaya “Rung” Sitthijirawattanakul over royal assets. Viewers were glued to…

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Thailand Prime Minister Prayuth Chan-ocha smiles in parliament after a no-confidence vote against him was defeated in Bangkok, Thailand Saturday, Feb. 20, 2021.(AP Photo/Sakchai Lalit)

No-confidence vote reveals winners, losers and path ahead for Prayut’s govt    

Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha and nine other Cabinet members managed to sail through last week’s no-confidence vote — mostly with comfortable margins — while the opposition declared success in opening…

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Govt will survive no-confidence debate, but at what cost?

With their clear majority in the House, Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha and the nine other targeted ministers are expected to sail through the second no-confidence debate in the two years…

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Education minister facing biggest backlash in no-confidence vote

Education Minister Nataphol Teepsuwan is expected to gain the fewest approval votes following his censure-debate grilling this week, amid speculation that up to 30 MPs will give him the thumbs-down….

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(FILES) In this file photo Registered Nurse Emily Enos loads the Moderna Covid-19 vaccine into a syringe ahead of the distribution of vaccines to seniors above the age of 65 who are experiencing homelessness at the Los Angeles Mission, in the Skid Row area of Downtown Los Angeles, California on February 10, 2021, as the fight against the coronavirus pandemic continues. (Photo by Frederic J. BROWN / AFP)

Vaccine passports inject new hope for Thai tourism

A “vaccine passport” has emerged as the best hope for Thai tourism businesses devastated by COVID-19. The passport, which could exempt inoculated tourists from the mandatory 14-day quarantine, might help…

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Opposition to censure Thai govt for ‘botched recovery’, ‘vaccine disaster’     

The government’s handling of economic problems worsened by the COVID-19 pandemic is expected to be the core of the no-confidence debate starting on Tuesday (Feb 16). Opposition MPs are poised…

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Hot spots in the upcoming censure debate against Thai govt

Thirty-eight opposition MPs have been allocated 42 hours on the floor during the four-day censure debate, which kicks off on Tuesday (Feb 16), with voting scheduled for Saturday (Feb 20)….

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Myanmar draft cybersecurity law adds to protests over coup

A draft cybersecurity law due to be implemented in Myanmar has raised protests that it will be used to quash dissent rather than protect privacy. Human rights advocates issued statements…

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An anti-establishment protester gives the three-finger salute while taking part in a rally to denounce the use of the lese majeste law, under section 112 of the penal code, in Bangkok on December 10, 2020. (Photo by Jack TAYLOR / AFP)

Rivals face off as lèse majesté row hots up

The battle over Thailand’s lèse majesté law has intensified with supporters and opponents coming out in full force to fight for their cause. Representing opponents of the Criminal Code’s Article…

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Inside the electrifying rise of Bitcoin

The soaring price of Bitcoin is making headlines around the globe following news that electric-car maker Tesla, one of the world’s largest auto firms by market valuation, has invested $1.5…

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A man holds a mock tank as he cheers on people taking part in a demonstration calling for the creation of a new constitution in Bangkok on March 13, 2020. (Photo by Romeo GACAD / AFP)

All eyes on court as Thai charter-change battle approaches D-Day

The current junta-sponsored Constitution is among the most condemned charters in Thai history, yet also arguably one of the most difficult to amend. The push for charter change received another…

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Are Thai govt savings bonds attractive?

Public Debt Management Office (PDMO) chief Patricia Mongkhonvanit on Wednesday encouraged people to purchase newly issued government savings bonds worth Bt8 billion. The Bt8 billion issuance is part of Bt55…

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Trump impeachment gives Thais a lot to ponder

Two most difficult periods to bring a politician to justice are during the peak of his (or her) power and the time after he has just lost it. Thailand has…

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Cupid’s arrow but no COVID-19 jab for Thais this Valentine’s Day

Amid all the confusion about Thailand’s COVID-19 vaccination plans, two things are very clear: People will not start getting inoculated from Valentine’s Day no matter what top government figures said…

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An apparently abandoned vintage Fiat in the alley of Talat Noi, Bangkok. (Photo by Phoowadon Duangmee)

Greeting the Ox in the quaintest of styles

Lost at not being able to celebrate in Chinatown? We offer an alternative that’s just as enjoyable, albeit in a very different way Like many other countries around the world,…

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Illegal gambling a trump card for opposition in censure debate against govt 

Illegal gambling will be among the issues fired at Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha and nine members of his Cabinet in next week’s censure debate. The grilling – scheduled for February…

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Police forces stand by a barrier around the Democracy Monument during an anti-government rally in Bangkok on November 14, 2020. (Photo by Lillian SUWANRUMPHA / AFP)

Thai public cleared to participate in charter change, but roadblocks lie ahead  

The review of two charter draft bills has been completed, paving the way for changes to the 2017 Constitution that is at the heart of Thailand’s political impasse. However, critics…

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Why Skytrain fare hike may end up wrecking Bangkok’s mass-transit success story  

Bangkok commuters are crossing their fingers and hoping that the Central Administrative Court will stop the maximum BTS Skytrain fare being raised from Bt65 to Bt104 on February 16. The…

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In this image made from video provided by the Democratic Voice of Burma (DVB), a protester holds a sign that says ‘Free Aung San Suu Kyi’ with an image of the deposed Myanmar leader as they march in Yangon, Myanmar Sunday, Feb. 7, 2021. (DVB via AP)

Myanmar coup to take big toll on trade with Thailand, the world: Experts

Thai and other foreign companies are expected to delay their investments in Myanmar following a military coup that threatens Thai border trade and migrant labour. Myanmar’s military seized power on…

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Sex, drugs and Sia Po: Thailand’s bad boy rocked by more legal trouble      

Born to a wealthy family, Apirak “Sia Po” Chat-anon could have made money without courting legal trouble. But this 28-year-old macho internet celebrity chose a different path – one that…

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Move Forward party leader Pita Limjaroenrat lays flowers for the victims of the Thammasat University massacre on October 6, 1976, during the annual commemoration ceremony for the event at Thammasat University in Bangkok on October 6, 2020. (Photo by Lillian SUWANRUMPHA / AFP)

‘Illuminati’ accuser returns to haunt Thailand’s progressive Move Forward Party

Move Forward, Thailand’s second-largest opposition party, has been hit by accusations that could result in its dissolution after less than a year in politics. Move Forward or Kao Klai is…

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Election fraud conviction no laughing matter for ‘funny-man’ of Thai politics

A court ruling against Theptai Senapong has brought the curtain crashing down on one of Thailand’s most colourful political performers. Renowned for his sense of humour, the senior Democrat politician…

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Opposition’s strategic changes from last censure

Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha will remain the prime target, but the similarities between the upcoming no-confidence attack and the last one end there. The rest of the strategy and the…

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An elderly woman sits along an alley in a low-income neighborhood in Bangkok on May 4, 2020. (Photo by Romeo GACAD / AFP)

How a flaw in the system lands Thailand’s elderly in trouble

A 99-year-old grandmother says she will go to prison if the government sues for repayment of Bt100,000 in subsidies whose overlapping claim rules were too complicated for her to understand….

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A man looks at a banner of candidates in the general election displayed at a polling station in Bangkok on March 24, 2019. (Photo by Ye Aung THU / AFP)

Thai govt stability shaken as ruling partners become electoral rivals   

A widening rift between coalition partners Palang Pracharath and the Democrats over the upcoming Nakhon Si Thammarat by-election is threatening to undermine the government’s stability. After falling out over several…

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A woman holds a sign during a demonstration against section 112, Thailand’s royal defamation lese majeste law, at Victory Monument in Bangkok on January 16, 2021. (Photo by Jack TAYLOR / AFP)

Taboo subject of monarchy set to spark pandemonium in Thai Parliament

Thailand is bracing for unprecedented chaos in Parliament later this month when the opposition shatters a deep-seated taboo by citing the monarchy in its censure motion against the prime minister….

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All eyes on Myanmar army chief Min Aung Hlaing as military seizes power

 (Reuters) – Myanmar’s powerful military chief, Senior General Min Aung Hlaing, is in the spotlight after politicians from the ruling National League for Democracy (NLD) party were detained and the…

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Samut Sakhon residents pray for governor felled in Covid battle

As the new wave of COVID-19 exploded in Samut Sakhon, the governor leading the fightback always managed to keep a smile on his face, radiating much-needed confidence to his team…

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Stakes high for Thailand’s opposition as censure debate targets govt 

The opposition is unlikely to upend the government in next month’s censure debate, as has been the case previously. But its performance will show if opposition MPs are indeed serious…

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This photo taken on September 20, 2019 shows a fisherman on the Laos side of the Mekong River near Huay Xai town in Bokeo province, with the Thai province of Chiang Rai in the background. – Ninety-seven kilometres of rocks in Thai waters stand between Beijing and dominance over the Mekong, a mighty river that feeds millions as it threads south from the Tibetan plateau through five countries before emptying into the South China Sea. (Photo by Lillian SUWANRUMPHA / AFP)

The Mekong report China doesn’t want to see

The Mekong river is a life line of millions of people in six countries. In the past few years, however, life has been very difficult for people who depend on…

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Can legal troubles save Thanathorn from political ones?

Sometimes, ones explode their way out of a dark tunnel, whether they like it or not, or even intend it or not. Whatever Thanathorn Juangroongruangkit is thinking about being charged…

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From Ugly Duckling to Beautiful Swan and back

TV host Kalamare downed by her own “Power Shot” She started as an ugly duckling in TV’s glamorous world but Patcharasri “Kalamare” Benjamas quickly rose to fame, winning over viewers…

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A photo Techin Ploypetch posted on his facebook page on the night of his birthday, January 9th, 2021

How one partygoer became Thailand’s first ‘super-spreader’

Thailand looks poised to confirm its first official “super spreader” as fears grow over the scale of the latest cluster infection. The hashtag #DJ Matoom is top-trending on Twitter after…

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A Thai man holding his child puts his ballot into a box at a polling station as residents vote for a new Bangkok governor in Thailand’s capital on March 3, 2013. Bangkok residents went to the polls to elect a governor in a to-the-wire fight for city hall which has re-opened Thailand’s festering political divisions.(Photo by PORNCHAI KITTIWONGSAKUL / AFP)

Ruling party risks split over candidate for Bangkok governor election 

Already hit by an anti-establishment uprising, Thailand’s ruling Palang Pracharath Party is now facing a potential revolt from within as it chooses a candidate for the Bangkok governor election. Three…

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This picture taken on January 27, 2012 shows a truck passing by a sign on a road leading to a deep sea port project in Mayingyi, part of the Dawei Special Economic Zone development, a planned 50 billion USD deep sea port and factory development led by a Thai industrial giant, in southern Myanmar. Anger is growing in villages earmarked to be flattened for a huge industrial area in south Myanmar as activists step up the pressure amid signs that the project may be faltering. (Photo by Soe Than WIN / AFP)

The inside story of Thailand and Myanmar’s troubled Dawei mega-project

Myanmar’s long-delayed Dawei mega-project experienced yet another setback after contracts with Thailand’s construction giant Italian-Thai Development were cancelled recently. The ambitious, but controversial Dawei Special Economic Zone (DSEZ) project seeks…

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A nurse fills a syringe with a vial of the Pfizer BioNTech vaccine at the Pasteur Institute, in Paris, on January 21, 2021. (Photo by Christophe ARCHAMBAULT / AFP)

A guide to Thailand’s largest ever vaccination programme

Prioritising both safety and speed as it faces a new wave of COVID-19 infections, Thailand is poised to launch its largest ever inoculation programme when the first batch of AstraZeneca…

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People are seen in a slum along railroad tracks in downtown Bangkok on June 15, 2020. (Photo by Mladen ANTONOV / AFP)

Thailand’s poor regions may be left behind in race for COVID-19 vaccines

Many municipalities’ eagerness to procure COVID-19 vaccines for their residents has roused suspicion of political motives and concerns about inequality between residents of richer and poorer areas. Local authorities have…

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Prayut’s moment of truth arrives

The prime minister can be forgiven if he assumes that his previous problems were “political”, albeit ones that had more to do with ideology and power play than genuine well-being…

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From beauty queen to TV anchor to psychiatrist – meet the latest ‘face’ of Thailand’s virus battle    

Dr. Apisamai Srirangsan has become the second former beauty queen to join the Centre for COVID-19 Situation Administration (CCSA)’s spokesperson team, tasked with updating the public on the mission to…

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A protester gives the three-finger salute at a demonstration against section 112, Thailand’s royal defamation lese majeste law, at Victory Monument in Bangkok on January 16, 2021. (Photo by Jack TAYLOR / AFP)

Fresh push to abolish lese majeste law triggers fierce pushback from Thai establishment

Thailand’s heated debate over the lèse-majesté law has been revived, with supporters and detractors clashing on social media following the arrest of dozens of alleged violators in recent weeks. Some…

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Law and the virus fail to halt Thailand’s ‘guerrilla’ protest movement

The new wave of COVID-19 has forced leaders of the anti-establishment movement to break from street rallies and focus instead on legal cases stemming from their campaign. As a result,…

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What Thailand should learn from America, and vice versa

The Capitol Hill tragedy may be an exception to US rules. Or it might not be. Donald Trump may have acted crazy after he “lost” the presidential election, but many…

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This handout from Thailand’s Ministry of Public Health taken and released on November 4, 2020 shows Health Minister Anutin Charnvirakul (C) visiting Hungary’s Foreign Minister Peter Szijjarto at the Bamrasnaradura Infectious Disease Institute in Nonthaburi province after Szijjarto tested positive for the Covid-19 novel coronavirus in Thailand. (Photo by Handout / THAILAND’S MINISTRY OF PUBLIC HEALTH / AFP) / —–EDITORS NOTE — RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE – MANDATORY CREDIT “AFP PHOTO /THAILAND’S MINISTRY OF PUBLIC HEALTH ” – NO MARKETING – NO ADVERTISING CAMPAIGNS – DISTRIBUTED AS A SERVICE TO CLIENTS –

Experts warn against Anutin’s push to ban free Covid treatment for illegal migrants

Public Health Minister Anutin Charnvirakul has tossed an explosive question into the country’s ongoing battle against the COVID-19 outbreak: Should illegal migrant workers pay for their own treatment if infected?…

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A student passes through the inspection gate on the first day of the reopening of the International Pioneers School in Bangkok on June 16, 2020, following its temporary closure due to the COVID-19 coronavirus epidemic. – Some schools in Thailand have reopened as they adopted preventive measures such as social distancing and regular disinfection to halt the spread of the virus. (Photo by Romeo GACAD / AFP)

Millions of kids suffer ‘COVID slide’ as Thai education hit by new virus wave

The fresh wave of COVID-19 is threatening to plunge Thai students into a deeper “summer slide”, a recent report by the United Nations Educational Scientific and Cultural Organisation (Unesco) suggests….

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Red ‘general’ Jatuporn no longer marching to Thaksin’s tune

The old saying “there are no permanent friends or foes in politics” has been proven true once again. Jatuporn Prompan, an activist/politician and a long-time loyal ally of the Shinawatra…

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Thaksin’s top cop has a new mission – a corruption-free, developed Pathum Thani  

With fugitive former prime minister Thaksin Shinawatra as his role model, Pol Lt-General Camronwit Toopkrajank is on a mission to turn his hometown of Pathum Thani into a highly developed…

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How pop legend Nantida dances into Samut Prakan’s coveted political post

Pop diva Nantida Kaewbuasai is set to become the first woman to head the Samut Prakan Provincial Administrative Organisation (PAO) after scoring a landslide victory at the polls.  Unofficial tallies…

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The movers and shakers behind Thailand’s 2020 protests

After 12 months of tumult and tragedy, 2020 will go down as the “worst year ever” for millions in Thailand. Along with a global contagion that almost shut down the…

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Another land scandal yet rocks Thai politics

Some major political changes in Thailand followed high-profile troubles with the land. A Democrat-led government crumbled in the 1980s after some politicians of the ruling party were accused of grabbing…

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Popular ex-police chief Chakthip gunning to become Bangkok governor

Pol General Chakthip Chaijinda has never held a political post let alone contested for one. Yet, his entry in the upcoming Bangkok governor’s race – if confirmed – will send…

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People line up to have their temperatures taken as a preventive measure against the spread of the COVID-19 novel coronavirus at the Ministry of Transport at the border crossing over the second Thai-Myanmar Friendship Bridge in Mae Sot in Tak province on October 29, 2020. (Photo by Lillian SUWANRUMPHA / AFP)

We must develop a conscience to prevent a second wave of COVID-19

Thailand has been praised on the international stage for the way it is dealing with the COVID-19 pandemic. But the recent cases, discovered in several provinces, resulting from a group…

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Pheu Thai party’s candidate for prime minister Sudarat Keyuraphan speaks at her party’s headquarters in Bangkok on March 24, 2019 after polls closed in Thailand’s general election. (Photo by YE AUNG THU / AFP)

The sudden fall of Sudarat, Thaksin’s right-hand woman 

A former key leader of Pheu Thai dating back to its incarnation as Thai Rak Thai in 1998, veteran politician Khunying Sudarat Keyuraphan has left the opposition party abruptly.  In her…

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Sulak Sivaraksa – the ‘progressive royalist’ charged with lèse majesté 5 times

Social critic Sulak Sivaraksa, a veteran scholar who has a love-hate relationship with royalists, was the “big surprise” planned by protest leaders at their anti-establishment rally last Wednesday (November 25). …

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Verdict on Prayut’s Army residence may be a ‘fire exit’ for govt to escape ongoing conflict

The country is counting down to December 2, when the Constitutional Court is scheduled to rule if Prime Minister General Prayut Chan-o-cha should lose his post for violating the charter….

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Man behind first ‘people’s charter motion’ says fight for democracy will go on

Jon Ungphakorn is the man behind the civil sector’s first ever constitutional-amendment motion to go before Parliament – though it was overwhelmingly rejected by lawmakers. Only three senators voted for…

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Prayut’s ‘lawfare’ risks blowing Thailand’s political divide wide open

Fear is growing that Thailand’s ongoing political conflict will intensify, with no visible way out, after Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha declared that “all existing laws” would be wielded against anti-establishment…

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Supporters of US president Donald Trump look on in front of the White House as they gather near counter protesters in Washington, DC on November 13, 2020. / AFP

America and Thailand: Similarities and differences

The red and blue colors marking who wins which states in the US presidential race are eerily similar to how Thailand’s map is painted after each general election. Consequences of…

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Tanaporn: The political beauty with a taste for luxury

As the saying goes, behind every successful man, there’s a woman. Except in Deputy Agriculture and Cooperatives Minister Thamanat Prompow’s case, there are two – the woman he is legally…

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Patsaravalee “Mind” Tanakitvibulpon and Haruthai “Au” Muangbunsri

Haruthai and Mind: Two women on two sides of the conflict

When Thailand’s rising political conflict went international outside two embassies last week, two women with opposing viewpoints were leading the way.  Patsaravalee “Mind” Tanakitvibulpon, a 25-year-old student, led several thousand…

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Heartthrob turned charity hero gives it all up to defend the monarchy

As ongoing pro-democracy protests prompt more and more Thais to choose sides, actor and charity worker Bin Bunluerit has stood up to declare himself an uncompromising royalist. He surprised the…

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Former monk Buddha Isara vows to lay his life on line for the King 

Buddha Isara, a former monk convicted for his role in violent protests seven years ago, returned to the spotlight on Friday when he caught the attention of Their Majesties the…

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Ultra-royalist Dr Rienthong resurfaces to crush ‘enemies of Thai monarchy’

As soon as political heat rises in the country, the name of ultra-royalist Maj-General Dr Rienthong Nanna starts flashing on the radar.  Last week he won media coverage not for…

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The maverick activist accused of ‘violence’ against the Queen of Thailand

Colourful solo activist Ekachai Hongkangwan has landed himself in legal trouble again – this time facing the rare charge of threatening Her Majesty the Queen.     The former lese-majeste…

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Potjaman – iron lady of few words but strong actions

Behind every successful man there stands a strong woman, goes the old saying.   And no one illustrates this better than Khunying Potjaman Na Pombejra, who has taken much credit…

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The young lawmaker who shatters Thailand’s deepest taboo

In a move never before attempted by any Thai politician, opposition MP Rangsiman Rome has proposed a “new deal” between the people and the monarchy to ensure that Thailand becomes…

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Parit “Penguin” Chirawak

How firebrand protest leader Parit steps back from the brink

A firebrand leader of student-led protests against the Thai establishment, Parit “Penguin” Chiwarak may sound aggressive on stage and at times may seem bent on getting what he wants at…

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The politics of choosing the next finance minister 

Thailand has witnessed the departure of two finance ministers in just past two months, and a veteran politician who served as their deputy is now offering himself as a well-qualified…

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The man fighting against dictatorship also has an iron fist

The man behind a popular Facebook page critical of the Thai monarchy and military has been left to defend himself against allegations that he employs an authoritarian approach in running…

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Gen Apirat: Army chief with strong political views

Army chief General Apirat Kongsompong has stirred up politics and ruffled more than a few feathers during his two years as Thailand’s most powerful military figure. He has launched repeated…

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‘Loyal Thai’ Warong ready to fight ‘nation-haters’

Warong Dechgitvigrom is best remembered for his crucial role in exposing corruption in the rice-pledging scheme of the Yingluck government. And now the veteran politician is carving a niche for…

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Three activists who break Thailand’s deepest taboo

In the eyes of pro-royalists, Anon Nampa, Panusaya Sithijirawattanakul and Parit Chiwarak are trying to abolish the monarchy, but for fellow anti-establishment protesters they are heroes.   The three have become…

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Uphill mission awaits new finance minister

Predee Daochai is taking on what is probably the most unenviable task — steering Thailand out of its worst economic crisis in modern history.   By accepting Prime Minister Prayut…

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Brave teenager fights to save her hometown – and environment

Khairiyah Rahmanyah from the deep South of Thailand may not be as famous as Sweden’s young environmental activist Greta Thunberg, but they both have plenty in common. Not only are…

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Gen Prawit in control of PM Prayut’s political base

It was no surprise that Deputy Prime Minister General Prawit Wongsuwan, Palang Pracharath’s chief strategist, was elected the party’s new chief at its general meeting on Saturday, replacing Finance Minister…

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Ex-minister and his alleged ‘Hollywood’ style escape plan

Former Thai deputy commerce minister Banyin Tangpakorn was taken from the maximum-security Bang Kwang Central Prison to a court hearing on Monday morning under the watchful eye of two dozen…

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A protester points at pictures of the allegedly kidnapped Thai activist Wanchalearm Satsaksit hanged outside the Embassy of Cambodia in Bangkok on Monday.

‘I can’t breathe’: Uproar after yet another Thai activist in exile disappears

Wanchalerm Satsaksit is not the first activist living in exile in a neighbouring country to mysteriously disappear since the 2014 military coup, and he may not be the last. At…

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The life and fights of government’s fiercest “guardian”

Ranking among the country’s most talked-about female MPs, former Miss Congeniality Pareena Kraikupt has received huge media coverage ever since she joined the Palang Pracharath Party. The coverage has not always…

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Chaturon Chaisang

Chaturon casts himself a new political role

In his 34 years as a politician, Chaturon Chaisang has never been out of the spotlight. Despite being ousted by three coups, seeing his parties dissolved twice and being banned…

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Dr. Panprapa Yongtrakul becomes the new face of the CCSA.

From beauty queen to new face in Thailand’s COVID-19 battle

Crowned Miss Thailand 2008, Dr Panprapa Yongtrakul returned to the spotlight last week as assistant spokeswoman of the Centre for Covid-19 Situation Administration (CCSA). Her task in this new position…

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Nurak Mapraneet was named privy councillor on May 4th. (Image Credit: The Constitutional Court)

New Privy councillor in spotlight over past role in disbanding political parties

Former Constitutional Court president Nurak Mapraneet was named privy councillor on Monday (May 4), becoming the 17th since His Majesty King Maha Vajiralongkorn’s accession to the throne in 2016. Following…

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Governor Chaiwat Chuenkosum leading a campaign to clean up the streets of Ratchaburi when he was its governor.

Loei governor rises as “savior” in Covid-19 struggle

Given his humble background and inspirational rise to the top, Loei governor Chaiwat Chuenkosum knows exactly where to find people in dire need. Hence, his destination one day recently was…

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Dr Taweesin: Shining the light of clarity on Covid-19 situation

A crucial weapon in the battle against any public crisis is concise information that can be understood by each and every one of us. However, since the outbreak of Covid-19,…

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Opinion: “I am in charge” – what does it mean?

After weeks of fumbling for answers to deal with the worsening coronavirus pandemic, Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha finally said what many had wanted to hear: “I am in charge.” But…

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Real tests await Pita as leader of Future Forward’s reincarnation

With just two years in the field of politics, Pita Limjaroenrat has taken on the challenging mission of leading more than 50 MPs elected under the banner of the now-defunct…

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After the Verdict: Where do we go from here?

Opinion The Constitutional Court’s verdict to dissolve the Future Forward Party (FFP) and ban 16 party executives from politics for 10 years on February 21, 2020 sends a shock wave…

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Korat gunman wanted “revenge” and seemed capable of it

Grudge and weaponry expertise can be a very bad mix, as proven tragically in the case of Sergeant Major Jakrapanth Thomma, the gunman in what is Thailand’s first massive random…

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Sorrayuth’s cursed success

Sorrayuth Suthassanachinda started off like any young, promising journalist —  bold, relentless, working hard, getting great exclusives and building good, widespread connections. He, however, has ended up on a treacherous…

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Thammanat, new lightning rod and hot potato

Being a complete political outcast is difficult, especially in Thailand, where one man’s villain is easily another man’s hero. Deputy Agriculture Minister Thammanat Prompao has not fallen into the “ostracized”…

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(Photo) Prime Minister Prayut Chan-ocha laid foundation stone for a new building in the National Broadcasting Services of Thailand (NBT) Station, August 7, 2019

Speeding up “political cases” is double-edged sword

If the Prayut government was a man with a weak heart, legal cases involving opponents of the administration were strong pills, which aren’t necessarily good for someone not in perfect…

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It’s not how Cabinet looks; it’s how Prayut formed it

Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha may have taken one step closer to the brink with the Cabinet he has set up. But it’s not quite about the “faces”, which are a…

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Prem Tinsulanonda: Man who let his action do the talking

For someone whose name was largely associated with “half-baked democracy”, to be generally accepted as a “statesman” is unique. Privy Council President Prem Tinsulanonda, who passed away this week at…

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New Democrat chief Jurin has mountain to climb

Jurin Laksanavisit’s first job as Democrat leader is tackling an immense dilemma that brought down his immediate predecessor Abhisit Vejjajiva. A social media cynical post has it that Jurin had…

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Admirers hope Piyabutr is not “too fast to live” kind

Piyabutr Saengkanokkul, secretary-general of the Future Forward Party, is travelling at the speed of light politically. A virtual nobody last year, he has come under a major media spotlight along…

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Jurin steps into biggest limelight

If Jurin Laksanawisit is a footballer, he will be called a “utility player”. By that, he can help the team by playing any role no matter how small, how big,…

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Because of his height and good look, Korn Chatikavanij is an outstanding man. In politics, though, he is the sort of men who let many people, including those less qualified,…

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