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A delivery courier on motorbike and a cyclist, both wear protective face masks, navigates the city centre during a lockdown to curb the spread of a coronavirus disease (COVID-19) outbreak in Sydney, Australia, September 14, 2021. REUTERS/Loren Elliott

Latest scientific analysis of COVID-19 scarier than what many thought

September 17, 2021: Many scientists have concluded that light at the end of the tunnel as far as the coronavirus is concerned will not be seen in the next three…

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Tragic drone strike marks end, hopefully, of longest US war

August 31, 2021: Never mind the “hectic, humiliating but sometimes heroic” plastered here and there in western reports of the final hours of America’s troop pullout from Afghanistan, about 10…

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Is Thaksin’s comment blasting others as “stupid” smart?

July 31, 2021: People slam one another as “stupid” all the time, except senior rival politicians who are very careful about their choice of words. Which is why Thaksin Shinawatra’s…

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People dine separated by dividing screens at a street food corner in Bangkok’s Chinatown a few months ago, before Thai authorities imposed stricter restrictions . (Photo by Mladen ANTONOV / AFP)

Singapore’s idea, anyone?

June 30, 2021: COVID-19 is depressing news, but there’s a way to live more happily with it and, according to some Singaporeans in power, here’s how: “Open up but enforce…

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Boris Johnson not so long ago, when he was not as defiant as now. (Justin Tallis / Pool via AP)

More worrying signs for Thailand

May 31, 2021: The continued rise of local COVID-19 numbers should not be the only thing to worry Thais, as England, a country many view as a benchmark comparison to…

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As cremations take place everywhere in India, deaths rise in Brazil, too

April 30, 2021: Brazil has surpassed 400,000 COVID-19 deaths, and more Brazilians have died in the first four months of this year than in the entire 2020. As bodies are…

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List of first vaccine recipients clearly shows govt motives

February 28, 2021: Cabinet members and top health officials lined up to receive the newly-arrived COVID-19 vaccines today to help underline the Prayut administration’s key message: Look. It’s safe. Prime…

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This kind of gathering, at the beginning of 2020, did not look controversial back then.

Happy New Year…and celebrate safely

December 31, 2020: At this time last year, much of the world was only vaguely aware of an unknown virus bothering China, and ones could have been laughed at if…

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Thaksin yields more clues on his future ties with Jatuporn

December 12, 2020: The roller-coaster relationship between Thaksin Shinawatra and his top red-shirt warrior, Jatuporn Prompan, normally had major conflicts fade away like they never happened. This time, though, things…

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Prawit pours cold water on speculation about Narumon’s role

Tuesday, June 30, 2020: Newly-elected Palang Pracharath leader Prawit Wongsuwan is sounding very vague to say the least on government spokeswoman Naruemon Pinyosinwat’s future role, saying she will oversee “writing…

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Chuan on Senate: Don’t overthrow it; improve it

Tuesday, December 31, 2019: House Speaker Chuan Leekpai has not been popular among opponents of the military and his latest comment on the Senate will most likely do him no…

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Anti-fake news centre likely to divide opinions

Thursday, August 29, 2019: Whenever a government campaigns against “fake news”, heavy politicisation is bound to follow. Just ask Donald Trump, whose attempts to ward off criticism were often laughed…

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New Pheu Thai ally unveils itself

Wednesday, October 24, 2018: The Pheu Thai Party looks certain to get another ally in the Seri Ruam Thai Party, whose executives include many former Pheu Thai figures and ardent…

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“Dissolution” threat looms against Pheu Thai

Tuesday, October 23, 2018: What triggered a new “party dissolution” threat against Pheu Thai all of a sudden? Analysts believe that the Election Commission has come out to threaten to…

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Another woman steps onto stage

Monday, October 22, 2018: Deputy Prime Minister Prawit Wongsuwan made a few comments on Thaksin Shinawatra today. Much of what he said was expected, and most significantly perhaps was his…

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Suthep steps into lion’s den

Sunday, October 21, 2018: It can be said that Suthep Thaugsuban was in “the lion’s den” today. Actually, he was in Khon Kaen, a northeastern political hotbed where many certainly…

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Prayut declares Belgium trip successful

Saturday, October 20, 2018: Gen Prayut Chan-o-cha returned from Belgium today and joined Thaksin Shinawatra and new Army chief Apirat Kongsompong in saying predictable things. The participation in Asia-Europe Meeting…

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Thaksin, Army chief slammed for trying to be logical

Friday, October 19, 2018: It was a relatively calm day in politics, despite statements by the new Army chief and Thaksin Shinawatra getting angry feedbacks from those opposed to them….

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Prayut off to a great social media start

Thursday, October 18, 2018: If following on the social media is any indication, military-backed Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha is not doing too bad. Actually, of all prime ministerial candidates, the…

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New Army chief elusive on soldiers and politics

Wednesday, October 17, 2018: Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha is planning a Facebook live after “good” public responses to his newly-announced online presence, the government said. In what could lead to…

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Prayut and Sudarat have their first showdown

    Tuesday, October 16, 2018: The first showdown between Prayut Chan-o-cha and Sudarat Keyuraphan as unofficial front-running candidates for the premiership has focused on how to dignify Thailand’s poor…

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PM Prayut goes online

    Monday, October 15, 2018: Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha may be playing his cards close to his chest when it comes to whether he will enter mainstream politics, but…

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EC: Reward plan will scare vote buyers

   Sunday, October 14, 2018: The Election Commission said today it’s counting on a Bt100,000 reward to stop vote-buying. According to EC Secretary-General Jaroongwit Phumma, evidence of vote-buying leading to…

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Sudarat a possible message of defiance

Saturday, October 13, 2018: A few reports today named Sudarat Keyuraphan as one of the Pheu Thai Party’s three candidates for the prime minister post. Crucially, she is reportedly backed…

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Millions “can vote” in Democrat primary

Friday, October 12, 2018: Up to 2.5 million people can vote in the Democrat “primary”, a virtual survey on who party members want as the next leader of Thailand’s oldest…

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Can Pheu Thai cope with party dissolution?

Thursday, October 11, 2018: Key political figures provided no major development today, but sources within Pheu Thai explained a very interesting strategy to cope with possible dissolution of the party….

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Plot thickening

Wednesday, October 10, 2018: The noose seems to be tightening around Thaksin Shinawatra’s neck, with his son, Panthongtae, being indicted in connection with the Krungthai Bank scandal. The development is…

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Sondhi’s son: Leave my dad alone

Tuesday, October 9, 2018: It was a day of verbal wars. Suthep Thaugsuban, who led massive street protests against the Yingluck government and is a key member of the Action…

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Should he stay or should he go?

Monday, October 8, 2018: Was it a good-natured welcoming roar or were Buriram people booing Deputy Prime Minister Prawit Wongsuwan? He thought it was the former but anti-military critics insisted…

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Will Bhum Jai Thai deliver for Gen Prayut?

The medium-sized Bhum Jai Thai Party can be another beneficiary of a new electoral rule which essentially makes sure that every vote cast will not be lost. The party stands…

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Palang Pracharat: Lightning rod or effective tool?

On the one hand, the newly–formed Palang Pracharat Party can be military–backed Prime Minister Prayut Chan–o–cha’s formidable weapon going into his most politically critical period since the 2014 coup. On the…

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To get ahead in upcoming election, first try to understand its mathematics

The majority of Thais may hate mathematics, but they will be forced to be constantly engaged with it in the upcoming months. If they are to follow the crunch time of …

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All eyes on Prayut, and just a bit on Democrats and Pheu Thai

The new laws on elections and structures of the House of Representatives and the Senate have set the ball rolling for Thailand’s first democratic exercise at ballot boxes since the…

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Gen Prayut and the military junta are believed to stand to benefit more from an early election.

Reasons why Thai election can be sooner rather than later

Critics of the military government always suspect that it will keep dragging its feet on the election. However, prolonging the ballot exercise is not necessarily a good idea strategically. Here…

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The how and why of “primary” flip-flop

The planned scrapping of the “primary” screening of election candidates has the two major mainstream parties laugh cynically.   Although they don’t like the “primary” idea, the biggest mainstream parties — Pheu Thai and Democrat to be exact — are well equipped to follow the proposed…

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