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How Thai law protects debtors who fall behind on repayments

Though Thailand has laws to protect debtors, many Thais do not know how to handle demands for repayment. Some of them endure verbal or even physical abuse when they fall…

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Rising smog prompts burning question: Can Thailand break PM2.5 cycle?

The COVID-19 crisis may have passed, but the threat from smog is back for the long term. Hazy skies are a sign that hazardous fine dust particles – which can…

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This picture taken on April 18, 2022 shows the logo of Thailand’s Democrat Party outside its headquarters in Bangkok. (Jack TAYLOR / AFP)

Democrat disarray: What’s behind the dramatic decline of Thailand’s oldest party?

The Democrat Party’s ongoing dramatic decline is down to the hierarchical structure and culture of seniority in the country’s oldest political outfit, say analysts, who warn that only radical reform…

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US President Joe Biden at 41st Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) Summits in Phnom Penh on November 13, 2022. / AFP

Setting aside a slip of the tongue, Biden performs well at summit

President Joe Biden, mistakenly referring to the host “Cambodia” as “Colombia”, should be forgiven, because he performed very well in Phnom Penh last weekend in further strengthening relations with ASEAN….

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Defections, mergers and mudslinging signal start of Thai election countdown

The countdown to Thailand’s general election has well and truly begun, though it remains unclear whether Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha will dissolve the House of Representatives early or allow it…

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Will the government’s land ownership scheme for wealthy foreigners get off the ground?

Thai people are mostly opposed to a controversial government move that would allow high net worth foreigners to own land in the country. A Cabinet resolution last month allows foreigners…

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Thailand-Australia ties strengthen

The visit of Australian Foreign Minister Penny Wong to Bangkok early this week has boosted bilateral ties with Thailand as never before. It was extremely significant, as the two countries…

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Workers unfold a banner for the upcoming ASEAN summit in Phnom Penh on November 2, 2022. (Photo by TANG CHHIN Sothy / AFP)

USA and India to be granted ASEAN CSP status next week

Phnom Penh – Both the US and India will be granted “comprehensive strategic partnership” (CSP) status at next week’s ASEAN-related summits, signalling the increased importance of their all-round cooperation with…

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Move Forward targeting 112 law in huge political gamble ahead of general election

The opposition Move Forward Party has launched a new push to amend the draconian lèse-majesté law with its policy pledge for the upcoming general election, following failed attempts over recent…

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What lies ahead after NBTC decision to allow controversial True-Dtac merger?  

After wavering uneasily for months, Thailand’s telecom regulator, on October 20, gave the green light for the merger of two major operators  — True Corporation (True) and Total Access Communication (Dtac). Despite…

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Can Korn Chatikavanij pull off his ‘brave’ political resurrection?

Former finance minister Korn Chatikavanij is making an ambitious political gamble by leaving a political party he cofounded just two years ago to lead a small 15-year-old party at the…

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For many, Thailand’s UN vote on Russia still a puzzle

Thailand’s abstention on a UN vote last week to condemn Russia for its annexation of eastern regions of Ukraine week is still a puzzle and has prompted criticisms from leading…

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Thailand’s gun control remains problematic

The recent mass shooting in Nong Bua Lam Phu province was the deadliest in Thailand’s history. The tragedy revealed even more shocking statistics, particularly the country’s high ranking for gun…

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Mass killing exposes deep problems in Thai society

The shocking mass killing of mostly very young children in Nong Bua Lam Phu province has exposed far-ranging problems in Thai society, law enforcement and healthcare. Under the spotlight are…

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The baht feels the weight of strengthening US dollar

The Bank of Thailand (BOT) has been facing the delicate task of navigating the baht and the economy through turbulent waters.  As the government has apparently almost run out of…

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How Bhumjaithai becomes new political magnet

When Newin Chidchob, the de facto patriarch of Bhumjaithai Party, vowed last week that he will have its leader Anutin Charnvirakul installed as the next prime minister, he was definitely…

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Five cases, five wins: How Gen Prayut survived threats in the Constitutional Court

Prime Minister General Prayut Chan-o-cha has faced a total of five Constitutional Court cases that threatened to unseat him since taking power after the March 2019 general election General Prayut…

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Prayut given political lifeline — but what’s next?

The Constitutional Court has given Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha a political lifeline with a ruling that allows him to at least complete his current term of office. The big question,…

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(FILE) US President Joe Biden disembarks from Air Force One upon arrival at Cleveland Hopkins International Airport in Cleveland, Ohio, July 6, 2022, as he travels to speak about the economy. (Photo by SAUL LOEB / AFP)

Biden’s APEC no-show seen as a blow to Thai government’s credibility

US President Joe Biden’s decision to skip the Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) Summit in Thailand in November is a reflection of the Thai government’s weak international image and the…

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Will Prayut return as PM? Ball in Constitutional Court

All eyes across Thailand will be on the Constitutional Court on Friday (September 30), when it is scheduled to rule on whether General Prayut Chan-o-cha has completed eight years as…

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Will the gentle approach rid Thailand of its drug problem?

Drug addicts sometimes commit shocking crimes in their quest for a fix, even attacking their own family members. In some cases, parents push for the arrest of their drug-crazed children…

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Lure of high yields, lax regulators behind Ponzi scams

More than 13,000 victims are estimated to have suffered losses of several billion baht as a result of the latest alleged Ponzi scheme, under the name Forex 3D, supposedly engaged…

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Vice President Kamala Harris boards Air Force 2 for travel to Japan and South Korea from Joint Base Andrews, Maryland, Sunday Sept. 25, 2022. (Leah Millis/Pool via AP)

Ceremony and controversy await Harris during visit to Asia

Attending funerals on behalf of the United States is normally a straightforward assignment for a vice president, but Kamala Harris will confront controversy at nearly every turn as she visits…

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ASEAN region is forecast to lead the world in export growth over the next five years. (Photo by Z @dead____artist)

ASEAN highlighted in Global Trade Growth Atlas 2022

The newly release Global Trade Growth Atlas 2022 has put the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) in the spotlight because the region is forecast to lead the world in…

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Tourism rebound lays foundation for Thai economic recovery

The recent recovery in tourism, as reflected in the rapid rise in foreign arrivals, is offering Thailand’s ailing economy a lifeline in the aftermath of the COVID-19 pandemic. The government…

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Former Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra and Potjaman Damapong at a mass pro-government rally in Bangkok on 03 March 2006. (Photo by Pornchai Kittiwongsakul/AFP)

Potjaman, Paetongtarn and Thaksin: the power triangle behind Pheu Thai

Khunying Potjaman Damapong’s rare appearance at a Pheu Thai Party rally on September 10 was viewed as symbolic for a woman believed to be the party’s de-facto chief. Her ex-husband,…

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Thailand’s daily wage hike will not necessarily put more food on the table

Although the minimum daily wage will rise by an average of 5 percent from October 1, not many workers see a brighter future. “The increase will not make my life…

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OP-ED : 77th UNGA starts as global conflicts intensify

Beginning today (Wednesday), for the next two weeks at the United Nations Headquarters in New York, the leaders of UN member states will be sharing their views on the state…

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Bangkok’s seasonal floods reveal the problem of short-term thinking

With more heavy downpours forecast through the remaining rainy season, there is both good news and bad news for Thailand residents worried about floods. On the bright side, authorities and…

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Protesters take part in a demonstration escorted by fighters against the military coup in Sagaing Township in the Sagaing Division of Myanmar on September 7, 2022. (Photo by AFP)

Myanmar dissidents seek an ‘ASEAN-Plus’ forum to end crisis

Myanmar’s dissident groups have proposed the establishment of an ASEAN-Plus inclusive platform to engage all stakeholders in resolving the ongoing political crises in the military-ruled country, the United Nations Special…

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Is Gen Prawit maneuvering to become Thailand’s next PM?

Since his very first day as acting prime minister, Gen Prawit Wongsuwan has aroused suspicion that he intends to take the post from the current holder. General Prayut Chan-o-cha was…

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Many analysts have pointed out that tensions between major world superpowers have intensified, which will further restrict international trade and prolong the high price of energy. (Photo by @tawatchai07)

Global headwinds could blow Thai economy off track 

The decelerating export growth in July has raised concerns that the outlook for Thailand’s economic growth may be bleak because of an increasingly likely global slowdown. The Thai economy grew…

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Verdict on Prayut’s tenure in 30 days soonest

The nature of the decision by the constitutional court last Wednesday might have been unexpected for many people, as it ordered Prayut Chan-o-cha to cease performing his duties as prime…

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Does court ruling signal the end of PM Prayut’s time in power? 

Now that the court has suspended Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha from duty after agreeing to rule on his eight-year term limit, an important question arises: What next? The Constitutional Court’s…

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Specter of Thaksin’s tax saga returns to haunt Thailand

Supporters of Thaksin Shinawatra say the recent Central Tax Court ruling in his favour proves his innocence in a multibillion-baht tax case. But his critics argue the verdict instead confirmed…

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The Green Line is the name for the original BTS route that covers the inner zone of the capital. It has been extended to currently covers 59 stations spanning three provinces and running a total distance of 67.45km. (Photo by ThaimaaOpas)

Can Chadchart solve multibillion-baht puzzle and get Skytrain back on track?

Three months after Chadchart Sittipunt took over as governor, his Bangkok Metropolitan Administration (BMA) is still struggling to solve the complicated problems surrounding the BTS Green Line and its extensions….

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Prayut and his brothers-in-arms plot path back to power after election

New political parties are being launched to extend the rule of the so-called “3Ps” – generals Prayut, Prawit and “Pock” – after the next election, say political analysts. Ruamthai Sarngchart…

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Taiwanese flags are seen as tourists walk past in Taiwan’s Kinmen islands on August 11, 2022. (Photo by Sam Yeh / AFP)

ASEAN wary of change in status quo in Taiwan strait

For years ASEAN has benefited from its ambiguous relations with Taiwan, while enjoying formal ties with mainland China. But the ongoing tensions in the Taiwan Strait might create a new normal…

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Mountain B nightclub after a deadly fire in Sattahip district in Thailand’s Chonburi province on August 5, 2022.

Thailand has strong fire-safety laws, so why do deadly nightclub blazes keep happening?

The Mountain B pub blaze that killed 18 people and injured dozens shows Thailand has failed to learn lessons from its history of deadly infernos. Although safety rules and building-control…

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Three scenarios for destruction of ‘doomed’ election formula

The draft bill to amend the electoral law – which saw a last-minute change in the calculation method for party-list MPs – now seems to be doomed. The joint Parliament…

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Are ‘rebound’ infections cause for concern and are antivirals to blame?

Concern over COVID-19 “rebound” infections is soaring globally after US President Joe Biden tweeted on Sunday (July 31) that he had “tested positive again” – just days after recovering. In…

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3 weeks or 5 years – how much longer can Prayut legally stay in power?

Questions over whether Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha can legally remain in office after August 24 have resurfaced as the date approaches. On that date, Gen Prayut will have been in…

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Activists including Myanmar nationals take part in a rally to protest against Myanmar’s junta execution of four prisoners, including a former lawmaker from Aung San Suu Kyi’s party, outside the United Nations University in Tokyo on July 26, 2022. / AFP

Myanmar’s execution of activists is an outrage

The military junta’s latest action has further worsened the prospect of a peace process in Myanmar. The ASEAN joint statement issued on Tuesday said it all: ASEAN denounces and is…

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Can Europe live without Russian natural gas?

Europe faced an energy crisis even before drama emerged about the Nord Stream 1 pipeline reopening from Russia to Germany. While natural gas started flowing again Thursday after the major…

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What the weakening baht means for Thailand’s economy

The plunging value of the baht appears ominous and raises worrying questions about its impact on the Thai economy. On Friday (July 15), the baht fell to 36.73 to the US dollar, its…

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A chronicle of no-confidence debates against Prayut’s govt

This week’s censure debate — the fourth and final under the current House of Representatives’ four-year term — is unlikely to bring down the government of Gen Prayut Chan-o-cha. However,…

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Shot down by junta, should Bangkok district councils be resurrected?

The first Bangkok governor and council elections since the 2014 coup restored some control over city rule to its residents earlier this year. However, the capital is still missing its…

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The severe fallout from the pandemic and the sudden collapse of the tourism industry — which accounts for about 20 percent of Thailand’s gross domestic product (GDP) — has weakened the baht, pushing it to a five-year low. (Photo by Kiratikorn Naksompop Blauw)

Baht’s current slide is a grim reminder of its crash 25 years ago 

On July 1, at some point during the day, the baht fell to 35.66 to the dollar, its weakest in five years. It closed at 35.63 at the end of…

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Omicron’s new BA.4, BA.5 subvariants: How worried should we be?

Thai health authorities are keeping a close eye on two new Omicron subvariants – BA.4 and BA.5 – that are fast becoming dominant COVID-19strains across the world. Dr Supakit Sirilak,…

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Bangkok Governor Chadchart Sittipunt beams as he poses with his team, including his communications director Prab Laoharojanaphan (far left).

The social-media wizardry behind Bangkok Governor Chadchart’s popularity

Bangkok Governor Chadchart Sittipunt has built a huge following on social media, reaching millions of netizens who read, watch, like and comment on his regular posts and content. The credit…

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Inflation poses biggest challenge to economic recovery

Low-income groups and small businesses are now getting squeezed by high inflation and potential interest rate hikes. The situation may make it necessary for the government to continue its support…

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Can Move Forward survive latest wave of dissolution threats?      

The opposition Move Forward Party has been cleared of serious charges that threatened its dissolution after the Election Commission (EC) decided not to forward an accuser’s complaint to the Constitutional…

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International headwinds offset Thai economy’s gains

Despite the fast-rising inflation driven largely by food and energy costs, some economic research houses have recently revised upward or at least maintained their economic growth projections for Thailand for…

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President Joe Biden, center, is accompanied by Bavarian Prime Minister Markus Soeder, second right, after arriving at Franz-Josef-Strauss Airport near Munich, Germany Saturday, June 25, 2022, ahead of the G7 summit. (AP Photo/Markus Schreiber)

Biden’s mission in Europe: Shore up alliance against Russia

President Joe Biden is out to sustain the global alliance punishing Russia for its invasion of Ukraine as he embarks on a five-day trip to Europe as the 4-month-old war…

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Should the BOT raise the policy rate and commercial banks by raising their lending and deposit rates, it would be a blow to borrowers, especially those with mortgage and car-hire purchase debt. (Photo by Jack TAYLOR / AFP)

How long can Thailand’s central bank swim against the tide?

The Bank of Thailand (BOT) has come under high pressure to react as domestic inflation has been climbing fast and other central banks, especially the US Federal Reserve (Fed), have…

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Photo from Thammanat Prompow Facebook

Does Thammanat Prompao still have power to change course of Thai politics? 

Thammanat Prompao has become a party leader for the first time in his career — a crowning success for any politician. However, analysts say his recent rise to head the…

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Green Line could be a tough ride for Chadchart

Managing the controversial Skytrain Green Line shrewdly, bogged down as it is by controversies over high fares, court battle over debt and extension of concession, is going to be a…

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New Bangkok governor taking on city’s problems with unique work style

Newly elected Bangkok Governor Chadchart Sittipunt has injected new energy into the capital with his distinctive work style. In stark contrast to his predecessors, Chadchart is down-to-earth, highly active, and…

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This frame grab from Lao National TV video footage taken on October 16, 2021 via AFPTV shows the Lane Xang bullet train at the Vientiane Railway Station in Vientiane. – A new 6 billion USD Chinese-built railway line opens in Laos on December 3, bringing hopes of an economic boost to the reclusive nation, but experts are questioning the benefits of a project that has seen thousands of farmers evicted from their land. (Photo by various sources / AFP)

New Thai-Lao strategic impetus, rail connectivity

The Lao PDR has come a long way, from a land-locked nation to a land-linked hub. Since last December, with a high-speed train linking Southern China to Vientiane up and…

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A closer look at Chadchart’s ‘dream team’ running Bangkok

For many observers, the hope surrounding Bangkok’s newly elected governor is matched by excitement over the team he has chosen to work alongside him. As Chadchart Sittipunt takes charge of…

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No honeymoon, only huge challenges and expectations for new Bangkok chief Chadchart

While most newly elected politicians enjoy a “honeymoon period” with the public, incoming Bangkok Governor Chadchart Sittipunt expects nothing of this kind. “There’s no time for a honeymoon,” Chadchart declared,…

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Balance of power in Bangkok shifts to liberals as national poll looms

Vote tallies from the recent Bangkok Council elections show that support for the liberal camp is growing at the expense of the conservatives in the capital. If the Election Commission…

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New Bangkok governor carries huge burden of expectations and promises

Pursuing an ambitious agenda, Chadchart Sittipunt, 56, is all set to become Bangkok’s first elected governor since the 2014 coup, after receiving a record-high mandate in the May 22 election….

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The forces behind Chadchart’s history-making win in Bangkok

Given the results of opinion polls in the runup to the May 22 gubernatorial election, Chadchart Sittipunt’s victory came as no surprise. However, his landslide win — the largest in…

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Calls for the right to elect governors in other provinces across the country have grown amid the immense media focus on the Bangkok gubernatorial race. (Photo by Kiratikorn Naksompop Blauw)

Bangkok poll triggers national wave of demand for local democracy

The 2022 Bangkok gubernatorial election, which saw independent candidate Chadchart Sittipunt win by a landslide, looks set to change Thailand’s politics in a big way. Its impacts are now being…

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Bangkok elections a harbinger of Prayut’s downfall?

Chadchart Sittipunt’s landslide victory at last Sunday’s governor election — with more than 1.38 million votes or over 50 percent of all ballots cast — was viewed by many as…

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This 2003 electron microscope image shows mature, oval-shaped monkeypox virions, left, and spherical immature virions, right, obtained from a sample of human skin associated with the 2003 prairie dog outbreak. (Cynthia S. Goldsmith, Russell Regner/CDC via AP, File)

What risk to Thailand as monkeypox spreads across the world?

Less than a month after it lifted COVID-19 travel restrictions, Thailand is facing the threat of another virus causing outbreaks around the world. The kingdom is now raising its guard…

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Residential market remains fragile while housing prices to increase slightly

Thailand’s residential market is still facing several challenges that will prevent it from making a full recovery in the short term. Research indicates that such unfavorable factors as the pandemic…

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New South Korean government’s new approach

In his inaugural speech, newly elected South Korean President Yoon Suk-yeol was very succinct about his administration’s foreign policy agenda, which will focus on the promotion of a liberal democracy,…

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Tactical voting could win Bangkok governor election for conservatives

Although independent candidate Chadchart Sittipunt topped most recent opinion polls for this Sunday’s Bangkok governor election, his four main rivals from the conservative camp remain hopeful of causing an upset….

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ASEAN-US summit: Long on talk, short on substance

Only diplomatic platitudes in the joint vision statement plus a small financial package demonstrated the Joe Biden administration’s commitment to maintain momentum in the US’ Indo-Pacific strategy in Southeast Asia,…

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Bangkok’s Participatory budgeting can gives ordinary people a say in how public money is spent.(Photo by EMMANUEL DUNAND / AFP)

Participatory budgeting could put Bangkok’s future in hands of its residents

With Bangkok’s budget ranging between 70 billion and 80 billion baht per year, people voting for the city’s new governor this Sunday may be keen to find out which candidate…

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As schools prepare to reopen, what toll has COVID taken on Thailand’s children?

Schools in Thailand will open their doors for the first time in more than two years on May 17, as the pandemic recedes. The Education Ministry made the decision to…

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US President Joe Biden (L) and leaders from the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) arrive for a group photo on the South Lawn of the White House in Washington, DC, May 12, 2022. (Photo by Nicholas Kamm / AFP)

ASEAN and the US agree on a joint vision statement

ASEAN foreign ministers have reached an agreement with the US over the joint vision statement, which contains 27 paragraphs containing 2,695 words, covering the whole gamut of their relations in…

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US President Joe Biden took part in the ASEAN-US Summit on the sidelines of the 2021 Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) summits held online on a live video conference in Bandar Seri Begawan, Brunei. (Photo by Handout / ASEAN Summit 2021 / AFP)

US-ASEAN Summit needs concrete results to be more than a talkshop

The leaders of ASEAN countries will meet with US President Joe Biden in Washington D.C. on May 12-13 for a special summit to commemorate the 45th anniversary of diplomatic relations…

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Battle for Bangkok raging online and offline as governor election looms

Battle is heating up both online and offline as Bangkok governor candidates woo voters of all generations ahead of the May 22 election. In the offline realm, candidates are jostling…

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Confusion reigns over expiry date of Prayut’s rule, but history hints at extension

Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha’s worries over his remaining time in office may have evaporated following an important resolution on the Constitutional Court president’s tenure. Worawit Kangsasitiam can stay on in…

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Japan’s Prime Minister Fumio Kishida inspects the honour guard at Government House in Bangkok on May 2, 2022, on his official visit to Thailand. (Photo by Lillian SUWANRUMPHA / AFP)

Japan’s reaffirms middle-of-the-road approach to diplomacy

During his three-nation visit to ASEAN member countries over the past five days, Japan’s Prime Minister Fumio Kishida demonstrated his country’s middle-of-the-road approach to diplomacy when it comes to special…

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This general view shows the Shwedagon Pagoda in Yangon on February 1, 2022. (Photo by AFP)

ASEAN will discuss humanitarian aid for Myanmar on May 6th

Cambodia, the current chair of ASEAN, is to hold a high-level consultative meeting on May 6th, to discuss ways and means ofproviding humanitarian assistance to Myanmar, according to an informed…

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A second chance for Macron and France

The victory of incumbent French president Emmanuel Macron offers both him and his country a second chance to do the right things. Macron has already admitted that his next five…

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Campaign winners and losers in the race to become Bangkok governor 

The 31 candidates vying for the Bangkok governor’s post now have less than 50 days to impress the voters. But after examining their policies and campaigns, political observers believe they…

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Thailand’s banks try to find their feet in fast-changing world

Thailand’s banking industry has waded through many economic crises in the last few decades, the latest being the COVID-19 pandemic. Despite their preparedness, new risks and challenges continue to test the…

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Engine troubles bring sink-or-swim moment for Thailand’s sub deal with China

This month brings a make-or-break meeting for the Thai Navy’s deal to buy a Chinese-made submarine, with delivery threatened by the fading chance of China getting German top-end engines as stipulated…

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Mind the gap: Bangkok’s generational divide shaping governor election

Bangkok’s generation gap is set to play a big role when voters cast their ballots in the first governor election in nine years on May 22.  “We are going to…

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Ties that bind – 75-years of Thai-Indian relations

The logo commemorating the 75th anniversary of Thai-Indian ties is highly symbolic. On the left is the Thai Pha Khao Ma (the Thai-style sarong or longyi) interwoven with the sari,…

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Zacary Egea, a former member of the Bolivarian National Police, shows his mobile while checking the status of his plant while playing the Plant Vs Undead video game in the Cuaricuao neighborhood in the Libertador municipality of Caracas on September 10, 2021. – According to a study by several universities, 96% of the population lives in poverty so video games that involve non-fungible tokens (NFTs) have unleashed a boom among the population that dreams with having a plant (Plant Vs Undead) that allows them to earn a bitcoin to get out of poverty. (Photo by Yuri CORTEZ / AFP)

Digital assets stare at uncertain future in Thailand as regulators clip their wings

Ending weeks of speculation, the Bank of Thailand (BOT) and the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) on March 24 put in place new regulations governing the digital assets business, effectively…

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(Photo by Brendan Smialowski / AFP)

US-Russia ties reach all time low

When superpowers confront each other through proxies and microphones, things can easily get out of hand. President Joe Biden knows this well, having created global headlines last week during his…

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Why candidate numbering could have a big impact on Thailand’s next general election

Lawmakers amended the Constitution last year to restore the two-ballot system for the next general election — one ballot to vote for constituency MPs and the other to vote for political parties….

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Front row from 3rd L: Belgium’s Prime Minister Alexander De Croo , NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg, US President Joe Biden, Britain’s Prime Minister Boris Johnson and Turkey’s President Recep Tayyip Erdogan pose with the leaders of the US-led military alliance as they pose for a family photo at NATO Headquarters in Brussels on March 24, 2022. (Photo by JOHN THYS / AFP)

Europe’s security challenges in the years ahead

NATO’s emergency summit in Brussels has shown Europe’s willingness to come together and increase their overall defence cooperation. A joint statement, issued on Thursday, says that the NATO leaders have…

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Democrat defections: Thailand’s oldest party faces existential crisis as election looms

The coalition Democrat Party has seen several high-profile defections over recent weeks, as politicians prepare for the next general election. In fact, the phenomenon dubbed “Democrat bleeding” by the media…

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In the third quarter of last year, household debt rose 4.2 percent year on year to Bt14.35 trillion, equivalent to 89.3 percent of gross domestic product (GDP), according to the National Economic and Social Development Council. (Photo by Towfiqu barbhuiya)

Thailand trapped in a household debt quagmire

Most Thai households have been bogged down by high debt even before COVID-19 struck in early 2020.  For many years, the average Thai worker has been struggling to make ends…

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Allies and substitute parties boost PM Prayut’s chance of another term

Even though Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha has not yet said if he will seek another term in office, new political parties have formed with the core purpose of helping him…

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Why Thamanat and Thai Economic Party could be PM Prayut’s worst nightmare

Thamanat Prompow has finally found a new home, but the once most powerful broker in Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha’s ruling coalition has kept everyone guessing about his new role. Will…

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Will Thailand’s new chemical castration penalty stop sexual reoffenders?

Thailand is poised to pass a law that allows the chemical castration of sex criminals in a bid to stop them from reoffending. The “Violence-Related Reoffending Prevention Bill” was proposed…

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Tide of change threatens Khunpluem dynasty’s dominance in Pattaya elections

A political dynasty’s decades-long dominance of politics in Chon Buri province will be threatened by strong challenges at the upcoming Pattaya mayoral election on May 22, analysts say. The Khunpluem…

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This photo taken on September 20, 2018 shows Myanmar migrant workers preparing a fishing boat in the Thai coastal province of Samut Sakhon. (Photo by Lillian SUWANRUMPHA / AFP)

Applause for allowing migrant workers to stay on in Thailand

This week, the Thai cabinet made a commendable decision to allow legal migrant workers from Myanmar, Cambodia and the Lao PDR, who have been working in Thailand for four years,…

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Thailand’s Prime Minister Prayut Chan-O-Cha attends a news conference with his Malaysian counterpart Ismail Sabri Yaakob at the Government House in Bangkok on February 25, 2022. (Photo by Jack TAYLOR / AFP)

Tightrope walk for Thai government as Ukraine invasion brings new challenges

The reverberations from Russia’s invasion of Ukraine are being felt around the globe. The war itself has severely disrupted the production and export of oil, gas, fertilizers, as well as…

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The average Thai family has only 1.3 children while it should have two or more, but many factors are behind the sliding birth rate, such as the modern lifestyle, the choice to remain single, or couples choosing not to have children. (Photo by Lillian SUWANRUMPHA / AFP)

Slumping birth rate poses urgent policy challenges for government

Thailand’s sliding birth rate, which hit a record low last year, is ringing alarm bells in the corridors of government. The long-term socioeconomic consequences of this phenomenon are being fully…

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A father presses his palms against the window as he says goodbye to his daughter on a train to Lviv at the Kyiv station, Ukraine, Friday, March 4. 2022. The father has to stay behind to fight in the war while his family leaves the country to seek refuge in a neighboring country. (AP Photo/Emilio Morenatti)

Thais told to beware of Russia’s sharp power, uphold principles rather than taking sides

Thailand, notably its divided society, must act on principles rather than taking sides or remaining neutral over a Russia-Ukraine conflict that is set to develop into a new cold war…

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Prolonged Russia-Ukraine war could derail Thai economic recovery

The impact on Thailand’s economy from the Russia-Ukraine conflict will depend on how long the hostilities go on and whether they will escalate, economic observers have noted. In response to…

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