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Chontida Asavahame: The young politician on a mission to revive political dynasty

Chontida “Pleng” Asavahame gave up her chance to become Thailand’s youngest party-list MP in January, instead taking on the tough mission of reviving her family’s fortunes in local politics. At…

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Will Sethaput meet the fate of BOT governors defying the government?

Bank of Thailand (BOT) Governor Sethaput Suthiwartnarueput is yielding no ground in his face-off with Prime Minister Srettha Thavisin over the central bank’s interest rate policy. Against the backdrop of…

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Tantawan Tuatulanon: The fearless young activist challenging Thai royalist establishment

Tantawan Tuatulanon, a political activist known for campaigning against royal motorcades, is back in the spotlight after her latest escapade sparked both public controversy and legal action. After being charged…

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Nualphan Lamsam: Can Thailand’s first female football chief turn World Cup dream into reality?

In a revolution for Thai football, Nualphan Lamsam has become the first woman president of the Football Association of Thailand (FAT) in its 103-year history. Nualphan’s victory has not only…

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Theerayut Suwankesorn: The lawyer seeking death penalty for Move Forward

The lawyer who successfully petitioned the Constitutional Court to block Move Forward’s reform push recently has now gone one step further by seeking the core opposition party’s dissolution. Theerayut Suwankesorn…

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Hunter becomes prey: Thailand’s anti-corruption icon faces extortion accusation

The tables have been turned on prolific petitioner Srisuwan Janya, who has become the accused rather than the accuser. Once admired by many and feared by his targets, the self-styled…

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Nakharin Mektrairat: New Constitutional Court president at center of Thailand’s political conflict

Nakharin Mektrairat has been voted in as the new Constitutional Court president by his fellow judges and will replace Worawit Kangsasitiam whose term ended in September. Nakharin, 66, received five…

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Police Gen Roy Inkhapairote: From police plot twist to Thailand’s next security chief

Pol General Roy Inkhapairote, a deputy national police chief, has been appointed the new secretary-general of the National Security Council (NSC) – the second police general to assume the post….

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Sirilapas Kongtrakarn: The beauty queen who battled depression to become Thailand’s mental health champion

Move Forward MP Sirilapas Kongtrakarn has never hidden her personal struggles while forging a political career dedicated to improving access to Thailand’s mental health services. True to form, the 36-year-old…

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Nualphan lines up biggest challenge yet: Saving Thai football

In the tumultuous world of Thai football, one name has emerged as a beacon of change and hope. Nualphan Lamsam can boast a successful career in club management and an…

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Chaowalit Thongduang: The Thai desperado taunting authorities as he runs

Chaowalit Thongduang, aka “Sia Pang Nanode”, has topped Thailand’s most-wanted list since he escaped from hospital detention on October 22. However, instead of laying low, he has grabbed the nation’s…

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Anne Jakapong Jakrajutatip

Billionaire Anne’s slide to bankruptcy

Billionaire Anne’s slide to bankruptcy The meteoric rise and fall of Anne Jakapong Jakrajutatip, a transgender businesswoman, has been of epic proportions. Just a few months ago, she was flying…

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From the UN to eco-business to charity – the many lives of Thai beauty queen Anntonia Porsild

Even after achieving success in several different arenas, 27-year-old Anntonia Porsild has continued to pursue her dreams. One of her many passions recently took her as far as El Salvador,…

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Chalermchai Kositpipat: The National Artist behind Thailand’s second UNESCO Creative City

When Chiang Rai proudly joined the UNESCO Creative Cities Network in October, much of the credit was rightfully handed to national artist Chalermchai Kositpipat. Chalermchai, 68, has been an icon…

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Torsak Sukvimol: The controversial rise of Thailand’s new police chief

Thailand’s new police chief, Pol General Torsak Sukvimol, is a non-cadet who joined the force at the age of 33, but then quickly rose through the ranks. Torsak, 59, is…

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Suchanun ‘Minnie’ Sucharitchinsri: The woman in spotlight of latest Thai police scandal

Suchanun ‘Minnie’ Sucharitchinsri is in the spotlight after photos of her cuddling up to a close aide of deputy national police chief Surachate Hakparn went viral amid allegations that she…

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Chaithawat Tulathon

Chaithawat Tulathon: New Move Forward leader a master strategist with Pita’s blessing

Pita Limjaroenrat can rest assured that his old post as Move Forward leader is in safe hands as he temporarily steps aside from politics. Chaithawat Tulathon was elected as Pita’s…

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Government spokesman Chai Wacharonke

Chai Wacharonke: Cockfighting king enters arena as Thailand’s new govt spokesman

Despite only entering politics last year, Chai Wacharonke has surprisingly beaten a handful of rival candidates to the post of government spokesman. We can expect to hear plenty more from…

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Deputy Finance Minister Krisada Chinavicharana

Top bureaucrat-turned-politician may find Finance Ministry a different cup of tea

The newly appointed Deputy Minister of Finance, Krisada Chinavicharana, was a former top official at the Finance Ministry. Though familiar with the workings of the ministry as the former permanent…

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Tourism and Sports Minister Sudawan Wangsuphakijkosol

Sudawan Wangsuphakijkosol: First-time MP ready to blaze trail as tourism minister

Sudawan Wangsuphakijkosol, a first-time MP, has surprised observers by winning a post in Prime Minister Srettha Thavisin’s new Cabinet. The 41-year-old was catapulted to the top of Thailand’s political tree…

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Nattawut Saikuar: The loyal red-shirt leader wrongfooted by Thaksin and Pheu Thai

Former red-shirt leader Nattawut Saikuar quit the Pheu Thai Party last week in protest against its move to form a coalition government with military-backed parties linked with the 2014 coup….

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Srettha Thavisin: Connections, career, and criticism of Thailand’s new prime minister

Srettha Thavisin has become Thailand’s 30th prime minister after being endorsed by royal command. The property tycoon turned politician – one of coalition leader Pheu Thai’s three prime ministerial candidates…

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Prof Nidhi Eoseewong: Historian who blazed new trails through Thailand’s past and present

Prof Nidhi Eoseewong: The pioneer who cut new paths through Thai history Professor Nidhi Eoseewong, a renowned historian who became an opinion leader and political commentator, died of lung cancer…

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Madame Pang lines up biggest challenge yet: Saving Thai football

In the tumultuous world of Thai football, one name has emerged as a beacon of change and hope. Nualphan Lamsam can boast a successful career in club management and an…

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Chada Thaised: Ferocious opponent of Pita’s PM bid has a dark and violence-racked history

Bhumjaithai MP Chada Thaised stole the limelight from Thailand’s top PM candidate Pita Limjaroenrat during the joint parliamentary meeting to elect a new prime minister on Thursday. Chada’s fiery speech…

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Wan Noor: The New House speaker with Deep South convictions and a party-hopping past

Veteran politician Wan Muhamad Noor Matha was unanimously voted in as Thailand’s new House speaker on Tuesday in an apparent compromise between the eight-party coalition’s two largest parties. After weeks…

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Naree Tantasathien: Thailand’s top lawyer weighing Move Forward, Pita’s future

Thailand’s Attorney-General Naree Tantasathien has another important decision to make in a case with serious political ramifications. On her agenda is a petition lodged against the liberal Move Forward Party…

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Padipat Suntiphada: Move Forward’s ex-vet ready to ‘heal’ House as next speaker 

Move Forward Party’s Padipat Suntiphada is focused on one thing as he prepares to take over as House speaker and Parliament president – being “different” in a positive way. “I…

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Ruangkrai Leekitwattana: The political giant-killer aiming to chop down PM hopeful Pita

Known as “Jack the giant slayer” for his role in bringing down then-prime minister Samak Sundaravej in 2008, serial petitioner Ruangkrai Leekitwattana has now set his sights on Pita Limjaroenrat….

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Then Chiang Rai Governor Narongsak Osotthanakorn speaks during a press conference at the command centre near the Tham Luang cave area as operations continue for the 12 boys and their coach trapped at the cave in Khun Nam Nang Non Forest Park in the Mae Sai district of Chiang Rai province on July 6, 2018. (Photo by Lillian SUWANRUMPHA / AFP) / ALTERNATIVE CROP

Remembering the “Moo Pa” Governor – the hero of the cave rescue

Narongsak Osatanakorn was appointed to oversee a supposedly sleepy province in the North but ended up having to supervise one of its most breathtaking events that will forever be recorded…

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Celebrity son of Thailand’s ‘Mr Clean’ engulfed in crypto scandal

Surabot Leekpai, the celebrity son of a man dubbed the “Mr Clean” of Thai politics, has been accused of swindling crypto investors out of millions. Investors in the Crypto Ronin…

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Meet ‘Ice’, the royalist turned monarchy reformist – and now election giant-killer 

Once an outspoken royalist, Rukchanok “Ice” Srinork has just been elected as a monarchy reformist after scoring a shock victory over a political giant in Bangkok. Elected as a Move…

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Only one woman withstood Move Forward’s Bangkok takeover – meet Theerarat Samrejvanich

Theerarat Samrejvanich is unique among Bangkok MPs who were elected on May 14 for one simple reason. She is the only successful candidate who did not run for the Move…

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Pita Limjaroenrat: Meet Thailand’s (probable) next leader

Move Forward Party leader Pita Limjaroenrat is on the road to becoming Thailand’s next prime minister after his three-year-old progressive party’s shock victory in last Sunday’s general election. The election…

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Leena Jungjunja: Thailand’s celebrity mischief-maker turning controversy into cash

While veteran TV personality Leena Jungjunja, aka “Leena Jung”, may see herself as a colorful figure, many others believe her famously provocative stunts have now gone too far. Just before…

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Patee Sarasin: ‘Really Cool’ aviation veteran returns after decade of turbulence  

Five years after stepping down as chief executive of budget carrier Nok Air, Patee Sarasin is making a comeback in Thailand’s aviation industry by launching his own carrier. Really Cool…

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Chonsawat Asavahame: Controversial political clan chief whose death may impact election

Chonsawat Asavahame’s untimely death last Friday (March 31) is expected to hit not only his family’s political empire in Samut Prakan but also the ruling party’s chances of sweeping MP…

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Thailand’s famous forensics expert Porntip gets ready for GT200 battle

Thailand’s famous forensic pathologist has been on a rollercoaster ride over the past few decades, and though Dr Porntip Rojanasunan is now bracing for a downhill plunge, she is confident…

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Upakit Pachariyangkun

Upakit Pachariyangkun: Thai senator under scrutiny for Myanmar connections

Senator Upakit Pachariyangkun is back in the spotlight over his alleged links with a crony of Myanmar’s military ruler Min Aung Hlaing who was arrested in Thailand on drug charges…

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Chuwit Kamolvisit: Thailand’s ‘super-pimp’ turned sensational whistleblower

Chuwit Kamolvisit has earned the reputation of an anti-corruption hero after repeatedly exposing police bribery and underground businesses linked to corrupt state officials. Once a self-declared “super pimp”, Chuwit has…

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Yongyuth Wichaidit: Former Pheu Thai leader out of prison but back in the spotlight

Former deputy prime minister Yongyuth Wichaidit is back in the media spotlight after celebrity lawyer Sittra Biabungkerd exposed a sex scandal he said involved a former deputy premier in Yingluck…

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Panthawat Nakwisut: Accused lottery tycoon makes big political gamble

The CEO of online lottery platform Kong Salak Plus, Panthawat “Not” Nakwisut, appears to have his own style of working. At a time when most people would have shifted into…

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Jak Punchoopet: Scholar-poet and scourge of red shirts opens new political chapter

Assoc Prof Jak Punchoopet, a key figure in the now-defunct People’s Democratic Reform Committee (PDRC), is under the spotlight again after taking the post of deputy Democrat Party spokesman on…

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Mingkwan Saengsuwan: Marketing wizard conjures bid to become next prime minister

Mingkwan Saengsuwan, a marketing wizard turned politician, has made yet another important turn on his political journey, in what could be a shortcut to the premiership – or a dead…

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Montri Sintawichai

Montri Sintawichai: Controversy erupts over Thailand’s ‘guardian angel of children’

For the last four decades, Montri “Khru Yun” Sintawichai has been known as the “angel of child protection” – but that changed recently. Now, he is facing charges of child…

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Trairong Suwankiri: Team Prayut’s secret weapon for the next election

Trairong Suwankiri’s recent appointment as Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha’s advisor has been hailed as a potential game-changer for the PM’s political future. The veteran politician’s surprise appointment on November 9…

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Farewell Khru Mued

The news that “Khru Mued” or Prasart Thongaram, one of the legendary khon masters, passed away on November 5 marked a big loss for the country’s traditional performance art industry….

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Srettha Thavisin: Is real-estate mogul aiming to become Thailand’s next PM?

Speculation is rife that property tycoon Srettha Thavisin will be one of three prime ministerial candidates put forward by the Pheu Thai Party at the next general election. Sources from…

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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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Thailand’s top stand-up comedian sticks nose into political divide

Stand-up comedian Udom “Nose” Taepanich is under the spotlight after jokes in his latest show drew criticism and ignited an online clash between supporters and opponents of Prime Minister Prayut…

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Newin Chidchob is viewed as the party’s patriarch. Party leader Anutin and other Bhumjaithai politicians often refer to him as “Khru Yai” or the headmaster.(Photo by Buriram United)

Newin Chidchob: The kingmaker of Thai politics returns as election looms

Although officially out of politics, Newin Chidchob appears to be playing the role of kingmaker for prime ministerial candidate Anutin Charnvirakul from the coalition Bhumjaithai Party. Newin took the same…

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Somkid Jatusripitak: From economic wizard to Thailand’s next PM?  

The economic czar for several previous administrations, Somkid Jatusripitak is back in the spotlight and bidding to take the helm of the next government. The renowned economist recently announced his…

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Rakesh Saxena and the Thai banking scandal that triggered Asia’s financial crisis

Once known as a “financial wizard”, Indian-born Rakesh Saxena now faces decades in jail for a Thai banking scandal that triggered the 1997 Asian financial crisis. Following a legal battle…

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Ekkachai Srivilas: The soldier turned peacemaker for Thailand’s bitter political conflicts

Soldier turned peace campaigner, General Ekkachai Srivilas was best remembered for his role as director of the Office for Peace and Governance at King Prajadhipok’s Institute (KPI). That was the…

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Nipon Boonyamanee among rare breed of Thai politicians who quits to face music  

It is rare for Thai politicians to voluntarily vacate their seats, not to mention a coveted ministerial post. But that was exactly what Deputy Interior Minister Nipon Boonyamanee did last…

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The rise to power of ‘big brother’ Prawit Wongsuwan, new caretaker PM

Deputy Prime Minister Gen Prawit Wongsuwan is generally considered a weak link in Prayut Chan-o-cha’s administration, tainted by the scandal over a multimillion-baht wristwatch collection, despite his repeated denials of…

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Sombat Metanee in the movie “Tears of the Black Tiger”.

Remembering Add Sombat, a true Thai heartthrob

Back in his heyday half a century ago, late actor Sombat Metanee was the man of every woman’s dreams, and his movies were guaranteed blockbusters. One has to wonder how…

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Gen Anupong Paochinda: From coup-maker to interior minister facing ‘party putsch’

Interior Minister Anupong Paochinda was hit by the highest no-confidence vote among the 11 Cabinet members targeted by the opposition in last week’s censure debate. Of the 212 votes against…

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Suranand Vejjajiva describes him as a “politician turned café owner”, as he is now the chairman and CEO of Brainwake Café. He also became a political analyst, writing opinion articles and providing commentaries on TV and YouTube. (Photo courtesy of Suranand Vejjajiva Facebook page)

Suranand Vejjajiva: Shinawatra stalwart switches to ‘team Somkid’

Suranand Vejjajiva vowed to stay out of politics for good after the government of Yingluck Shinawatra – in which he served as secretary-general to the prime minister – was overthrown…

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Leading art critic and activist Thanom Chapakdee remembered

Thailand is mourning veteran Thai art critic and artist practitioner Thanom Chapakdee, who was best known for practicing what he liked to refer to as the “Aesthetics of Resistance” calling…

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Dr. Krisana Kraisintu at the Glogal Summit of Women (GSW). (Photo courtesy of GSW)

Success and the power of self-help

To Dr Krisana Kraisintu aka the “Gypsy Pharmacist”, success means recognizing priorities and working from there. That’s why when she starts a project, she always puts the beneficiaries’ contentment as…

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Tongthong Chandransu: Law guru unlocking Bangkok’s multibillion-baht investment secrets 

Prof Tongthong Chandransu, the new man in charge of Krungthep Thanakom Co Ltd, admits his task will be both “difficult and complicated” but said it was an opportunity he could…

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Thongchai Jaidee celebrates after sinking his putt to win the American Family Insurance Championship.

Thongchai Jaidee: Thailand’s greatest golfer not done yet

Thongchai Jaidee has risen to the status of a legend on the Thai golf circuit over the past two decades. Throughout his prosperous career, the man nicknamed TJ by his…

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Srisuwan Janya: Thailand’s master complainer a hero or villain for society?

Once highly admired for his campaigns against corruption and lack of transparency, social activist Srisuwan Janya is now facing widespread ridicule after he accused new Bangkok governor Chadchart Sittipunt of…

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Chadchart Sittipunt: ‘World’s strongest politician’ aims to lift Bangkok to global standards

Chadchart Sittipunt is on course to becoming Bangkok’s first elected governor in nine years after securing a landslide victory in Sunday’s gubernatorial election. According to the unofficial vote count, he…

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Pichate Satirachaval: Coalition rebel plants ‘time bomb’ under Prayut’s government

As the government sails towards another censure-debate storm, coalition MP Pichate Satirachaval is creating dangerous waves in the ruling Palang Pracharath Party – just months after joining it. Pichate claims…

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Jurin Laksanawisit: Democrat leader struggling to keep storm-hit party afloat

The “Prinn effect” has left the coalition Democrat Party at one of the lowest ebbs in its 76-year history and its eighth leader, Jurin Laksanawisit, in political hot water.  Multiple…

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Milli: Thailand’s dissident rapper serves a bittersweet message for government

Thai teen rapper Danupha “Milli” Khanatheerakul, who made global headlines by eating mango sticky rice on a US stage recently, is pursuing not just a music career but also ambitions…

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Sittra Biabungkerd: Campaigning lawyer exposing crime and corruption in high places

Armed with legal expertise, Sittra Biabungkerd has jumped into several high-profile battles in recent weeks, striking blows that have seriously damaged his once-seemingly-invincible opponents. Several senior policemen lost their posts…

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Prinn Panitchpakdi: Rising star of Thai politics eclipsed by sex offence claims

Accusations of sexual harassment and assault made against a rising star in the coalition Democrats have shocked not only the party’s supporters but Thai society in general. Prinn Panitchpakdi on…

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Pareena Kraikupt: Ruling party firebrand who burned bright before being banished

After 17 years in politics, four-time MP Pareena Kraikupt from the ruling Palang Pracharath Party has been dealt a political death blow by the Supreme Court’s Criminal Division for Political…

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Santi Promphat: The long and controversial career of Palang Pracharath’s new secretary-general

Since its foundation in November 2018, the ruling Palang Pracharath Party has seen four secretaries-general — virtually one every year. The latest office holder, Santi Promphat, was officially appointed to…

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Ex-fighter pilot Sita Divari on a mission to become Bangkok’s next governor

Former fighter pilot Sita Divari admits he is not a frontrunner in the May 22 Bangkok governor election, but he has vowed to “fight wholeheartedly without worrying whether I lose…

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Bangkok governor Aswin Kwanmuang faces tough choice – surrender post or fight election

Having served as Bangkok’s governor for six years by special appointment of the junta, Pol General Aswin Kwanmuang is now seriously considering whether to run in the upcoming gubernatorial election….

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Sakoltee Phattiyakul: From PDRC whistle-blower to next Bangkok governor?

Sakoltee Phattiyakul has become the fifth well-known figure to announce he will run in the Bangkok governor election, which will be held on May 22. The first city election since…

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In 2018, Netiwit accepted an invitation to speak at the Oslo Freedom Forum in Norway on the topic “The Student vs the Military”. He was featured as one of “50 Asians to watch” in the public and social sector by Singapore’s Straits Times. And Time magazine described him as a “messenger of social sanity” in its June 2017 article about his role as a student activist.(Photo by @NetiwitC on Twitter)

Netiwit Chotiphatphaisal: The student leader fighting against dictatorship as ‘messenger of social sanity’

For outspoken student activist Netiwit “Frank” Chotiphatphaisal, last week’s decision by Chulalongkorn University executives to remove him as its Student Government president was comparable to a coup. The decision was…

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Taopiphop Limjittrakorn: The home brewer turned MP shaking up Thailand’s liquor industry

A young man’s passion for craft beer has taken him to heights most Thais can only dream of – a seat in Parliament where he is now fighting to break…

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Paween Pongsirin: Exiled police investigator puts Thai authorities in trafficking spotlight

More than six years after he fled Thailand to live in exile in Australia, Pol Maj-General Paween Pongsirin is back under the media spotlight. His role as chief investigator of…

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From ‘bananas’ to ‘cobras’ – the colorful political career of wily Mingkwan Saengsuwan

Former New Economics Party leader Mingkwan Saengsuwan shocked Parliament when he resigned as a party-list MP during the debate to scrutinize the Prayut government last week. Mingkwan explained that he…

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From protests to Parliament? Move Forward’s Chonthicha Jangrew hits election trail

After campaigning vigorously for reform of the Thai monarchy, activist Chonthicha “Lookkate” Jangrew is now setting her sights on entering politics and becoming an MP. Introduced last Saturday as an…

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From Thaksin’s crooner to Prayut’s promoter – the pinball political career of Seksakol Atthawong

Once a red-shirt leader dubbed “Isan Rambo”, Seksakol Atthawong has made yet another political pivot, leaving the ruling Palang Pracharath to join a new party aiming to secure Prime Minister…

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Wiroj Lakkhanaadisorn: Bangkok governor candidate a bridge to Move Forward govt?

The opposition Move Forward Party has finally come up with a candidate for the Bangkok gubernatorial election expected in the next few months. For many party supporters, Wiroj Lakkhanaadisorn is…

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Sacked, ousted and still on top: The rollercoaster career of Thamanat Prompow

Thamanat Prompow’s ouster from the ruling Palang Pracharath Party last week for “causing serious division” was only the latest twist in this political dealmaker’s rollercoaster career.   Palang Pracharath’s surprising and…

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Somchai Srisutthiyakorn: The man behind efforts to ‘switch off’ Senate’s power

Staunch government critic Somchai Srisutthiyakorn, who was sacked as an election commissioner in 2018 by the post-coup junta, is back in the limelight with a campaign to “switch off” the…

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Pallop Pinmanee: Veteran military hawk of Thai politics swoops on Pheu Thai

Retired Army general Pallop Pinmanee dropped the first political bombshell of the new year when he claimed Thaksin Shinawatra “green-lighted” his removal as a Pheu Thai member – an allegation…

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Toon Bodyslam – from indie rock to rocking the road for charity

Rock star Artiwara Kongmalai, better known as “Toon Bodyslam”, has returned to running for charity. But instead of being hailed again as a hero, this time he’s been slammed –…

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The Democrat candidate has a strong chance according to one “loyalty” scenario.

‘Disruptor’ Suchatvee Suwansawat ready to shine his bright light on Bangkok

After decades of shining bright in Thailand’s engineering and educational sectors, Prof Dr Suchatvee Suwansawat is now ready to kick-start his political career. The academic is preparing to contest in…

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Paivan Vannabutr: Thailand’s celebrity monk relinquishes his robes to rub shoulders with the stars

Paivan Vannabutr, who was once known as Phra Maha Paivan, looks set to become the first former Thai monk to become even more famous after giving up his saffron robes….

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From troublemaker to Thailand’s first fintech unicorn – tracking Jirayut Srupsrisopa’s crypto journey

Once a troublemaking schoolboy with poor grades, Jirayut “Topp” Srupsrisopa has grown up to become Thailand’s cryptocurrency pioneer in charge of the country’s first licensed crypto exchange, Bitkub Online. The…

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Virabongsa Ramangkura during a plenary session of the CEO Forum at the Grand Hyatt in Hong Kong, 06 November 2003.

Obituary: Virabongsa: a trusted pilot of Thailand’s economy

The news of the demise of eminent economist Virabongsa Ramangkura on November 7 was received with a deep sense of loss across the country. Numerous Facebook pages were filled with condolences. Virabongsa…

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Jit Poumisak has been described as a Marxist historian, activist, author, philologist, poet, songwriter, and communist revolutionary.

Killed 55 years ago, Thailand’s Che Guevara finally honored by his university

A shocking act of violence shattered the atmosphere in Chulalongkorn University’s auditorium 68 years ago. Jit Poumisak, then a third-year Arts student and editor of CU’s “University” periodical, was addressing…

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Chonlanan Srikaew, the Pheu Thai leader. (Photo by facebook @cholnanFC

Chonlanan Srikaew: The medic-politician aiming to nurse Pheu Thai back to power

New Pheu Thai leader Chonlanan Srikaew appears to have acknowledged he won’t be a prime ministerial candidate for the opposition party at the next general election. The five-time MP also…

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Paetongtarn Shinawatra: the new heir of Thailand’s controversial political dynasty

After seven years out of government, the Shinawatra family appears to be keen on making a comeback. Paetongtarn Shinawatra, the youngest daughter of former prime minister Thaksin, made a surprise…

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Gen Nattaphon Narkphanit: The military man leading Thailand’s biggest battle against COVID 

The recent appointment of Gen Nattaphon Narkphanit to lead the fight against Thailand’s new epicenter of COVID-19, the restive deep South, has sparked controversy on all sides. Nattaphon, a PM’s…

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Pirapan Salirathavibhaga: The ruling party peace-broker tipped for PM candidacy 

Former justice minister Pirapan Salirathavibhaga is making waves in the ruling Palang Pracharath Party after being appointed as advisor to powerful party leader Gen Prawit Wongsuwan. Key party figures describe…

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Chaichai Phromlert as the Interior Ministry’s permanent secretary.

Chatchai Phromlert — the ‘man behind PM Prayut’s new power push’

Rumors that Chatchai Phromlert was poised to enter politics were circulating long before his mandatory retirement as Interior Ministry permanent secretary last week. Media reports outlined three possibilities for Chatchai…

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Wirat Ratanaset: The chief whip whose futsal ‘game’ could injure Thai govt

Veteran politician Wirat Ratanaset’s indictment on corruption charges has cast a cloud over his status as government chief whip and is threatening to impact the ruling coalition. However, he still…

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General Vitch: New player in Palang Pracharath’s game of strategy

Though he survived a plot to unseat him at the latest censure debate, Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha is now suffering “aftershocks” in the ruling Palang Pracharath Party. Two Cabinet members…

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The former police officer Thitisan Utthanaphon, known as “Jo Ferrari”, while leaving the Crime Suppression Division in Bangkok, Thailand, Thursday, Aug. 26, 2021. (AP Photo/Sakchai Lalit)

The high-rolling career of ‘Joe Ferrari’, top cop in corruption spotlight 

The public is watching closely to see if the scandal over a drug suspect shown tortured to death at a police station will trigger reforms or merely deepen the flaws…

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(Photo by Thai PBS)

Tanat Thanakitamnuay – the royalist rich kid turned ‘wounded hero’ for democracy

Tanat Thanakitamnuay was addressing a crowd of anti-government protesters in Bangkok on August 13 when he was hit by a projectile that his family says permanently blinded him in one…

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