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Top trending new music video takes satirical jab at Thai establishment

Thai pop-rock band Getsunova and Three Man Down have released their latest track and accompanying music video “Eek Mai Narn, Narn Kae Nhai”, which translates literally as “Not too long,…

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Thailand’s sea gypsies hope upcoming local elections will lead to improved livelihoods

Thailand’s indigenous Moken (Mawken or Morgan) tribe, commonly called sea gypsies or sea nomads, living in five of Thailand’s southern provinces have high hopes that the upcoming Tambon (sub-district) Administration…

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Army trucks and men on standby in case truckers go on strike in Bangkok

The Royal Thai Army’s (RTA) First Division of the Royal Guards has put a fleet of 34 trucks and drivers on standby to help with cargo transport, in case truck…

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Bipartisan Constitution actually possible and even easy

This week’s demise of a charter amendment bill sold as “of the people” is not a surprise, but what is bewildering is why people who matter continue to keep away…

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A protester spray paints a message with reference to article 112, Thailand’s lese majeste royal defamation law, during a demonstration in Bangkok on November 14, 2021, after a Thai court ruled that speeches by protest leaders calling for royal reforms amounted to a bid to overthrow the country’s monarchy. (Photo by Jack TAYLOR / AFP)

Royalist academic said Thailand’s lèse majesté law needs to be more specific

Thailand needs to have a lèse majesté law for national security. It acts as a defamation law for the royal family. The existing version is, however, too short and needs…

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Thai Charter court rules that only heterosexual marriages are constitutional

Same-sex marriage in Thailand will have to wait, as the Constitutional Court ruled unanimously today (Wednesday) that Section 1448 of the Civil and Commercial Code, defining marriage as being a…

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Assoc. Prof Dr. Piyabutr Saengkanokkul of the Progressive Movement (L) and Parit Wacharasindhu of the Re-solution group (R) on November 17, 2021

Thais asked not to lose hope despite rejection by parliament of ‘People’s Constitution’ draft

Secretary-general of the Progressive Movement, a non-party reincarnation of the now-defunct Future Forward party, Assoc. Prof. Dr. Piyabutr Saengkanokkul, has pleaded with members of the public not to lose hope,…

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Thai parliament rejects ‘people’s charter’ amendment draft

Thailand’s Parliament, during a joint session for its first reading today (Wednesday), voted to reject a constitutional amendment draft, dubbed “the people’s charter”, which sought to abolish the Senate, revamp…

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Dismissed police bodyguard for former Thai PM Yingluck reinstated, promoted

The former personal protection officer of exiled former prime minister Yingluck Shinawatra, Pol Col Watanyu “Nui” Witthayapalothai, has been reinstated and promoted to deputy commander for intelligence in the Special…

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Key proponents of Thailand’s ‘People’s Constitution’ draft plead with lawmakers to pass first reading

A key proponent of the People’s Constitution draft, Parit Wacharasindhu, pleaded with members of the Thai parliament to be open-minded, claiming that the proposed legislation is not intended to replace…

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Parliament divided over support for a ‘People’s Constitution’ draft

The Thai parliament is clearly divided over the “People’s Constitution” draft, with non-elected senators and government MPs opposing it and opposition MPs, from the Pheu Thai and Move Forward parties,…

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Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha in Krabi. Photo: Government House

Thai PM’s odd suggestions cause quite a stir

Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha suggested that Thai people should learn how to swim, exercise and study two languages during his visit to the southern province of Krabi to attend a…

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Five anti-PM protesters detained in Krabi

Five members of an anti-Prayut group were temporarily detained for questioning by police this afternoon (Monday), after they rallied at Ao Nang beach, in the southern coastal province of Krabi,…

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Bangkok police deny use of live rounds against anti-establishment protesters

The Thai police have not resorted to the use of lethal weapons including live rounds in dealing with anti-establishment protesters, and that only rubber bullets were used, according to Deputy…

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Slim chance of People’s Constitution draft passing parliamentary scrutiny

Former election commissioner Somchai Srisutthiyakorn has predicted that there is only a slim chance that the People’s Constitution draft, scheduled to be debated in a joint session of parliament on…

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Anti-establishment protest in Bangkok Sunday November 15, 2021. (Photo by Thai PBS)

Verdict against monarchy reformers lights fuse for new round of Thai conflict: experts

Last week’s controversial Constitutional Court verdict is likely to rekindle Thailand’s political conflict and fan the flames among anti-establishment groups already furious over legal action stemming from the lèse-majesté law,…

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A protester holds up a sign referencing article 112, Thailand’s lese majeste royal defamation law, during a demonstration in Bangkok on November 14, 2021, after a Thai court ruled that speeches by protest leaders calling for royal reforms amounted to a bid to overthrow the country’s monarchy. (Photo by Jack TAYLOR / AFP)

Amendment, not repeal, needed for Thailand’s lèse majesté law, says legal scholar

Some amendments to Thailand’s controversial lèse majesté law may be needed, but there is no need to repeal it, said a legal scholar amid growing calls, both at home and…

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2 Bangkok protesters shot, German embassy officials accept rally leaders’ letter

Anti-establishment protest leader Thatchapong Kaedam announced an end of today’s protest at about 7pm (Sunday) after three of their representatives submitted a letter to an official of the German Embassy…

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Sunday’s protest gathering place changed to Bangkok’s Pathumwan intersection

Protest organisers have changed the meeting location for today’s rally to the Pathumwan intersection in Bangkok. Protesters began to gather in front of the Bangkok Arts and Culture centre by…

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Anti-establishment group protests charter court’s ruling in Bangkok

A group of anti-establishment protesters under the umbrella name “Ratsadon” (the people) gathered in front of the Criminal Court in Bangkok on Friday to push their demands for reform of…

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Rights defenders file civil lawsuit demanding ฿3m compensation from police

A lawsuit was filed with the Civil Court today (Friday), against the Royal Thai Police and the national police chief, by nine human rights defenders who claim they were injured…

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Torture and enforced disappearance bill, lèse majesté, SLAPP laws questioned at Thailand’s 3rd UPR

The timing of the enactment of Thailand’s law against torture and enforced disappearance and whether Thailand will ratify the Optional Protocols of the Convention against Torture were questioned at Thailand’s…

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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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Move Forward leader says Charter Court has set risky path for Thailand’s future

Leader of the opposition Move Forward Party, Pita Limjaroenrat, said that the Constitutional Court’s ruling on Wednesday is more than just a judgment, because it has charted “a risky and…

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Charter Court says it rejected protesters’ plea for further enquiry as probe already concluded

Thailand’s Constitutional Court turned down the request, by the three anti-establishment leaders, for the submission of additional oral evidence because it has already completed a year-long investigation under the inquisitorial…

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Call for monarchy reform ruled as an act against constitutional monarchy

Thailand’s Constitutional Court today (Wednesday), ruled that anti-establishment leaders Panusaya “Rung” Sithijirawattanakul, Anon Nampa and Panupong “Mike” Jadnok are guilty of trying to overthrow the country’s constitutional monarchy, stating that…

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Former PM Thaksin supports amendment of Thailand’s lèse majesté law

Exiled former prime minister Thaksin Shinawatra has voiced support for changes to the country’s controversial lèse majesté law (Section 112 of the Criminal Code), especially the maximum 15-year prison term,…

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Claimant in case against anti-establishment leaders says it’s not personal

Natthaporn Toprayoon, a former advisor to the ombudsman, is seeking a ruling from Thailand’s Constitutional Court on whether public statements, made by leaders of anti-establishment groups concerning the monarchy at…

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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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Can Democrats crawl their way back?

Thailand’s oldest political party had been there before. By that, before the catastrophic last general election, the Democrats had gone through all kinds of lows, be it devastating insurrection, disastrous…

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Thai government urged to formalise cross border assistance to Myanmar

BANGKOK – The Prayut government is being called upon to formalise cross border humanitarian assistance to crisis-hit Myanmar through the Thai Red Cross. The call was made at the third…

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Poll – Former transport minister ahead in next year’s Bangkok governor race

According to a recent survey, Chadchart Sittipunt, transport minister in the government of former prime minister Yingluck Shinawatra, is the current front runner in the race for Bangkok governor, with…

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A pro-democracy protester holds a sign refering to Thailand’s lese majeste royal defamation laws during in a demonstration marching toward the residence of Thailand’s Prime Minister Prayut Chan-O-Cha in Bangkok on February 28, 2021. (Photo by Jack TAYLOR / AFP)

Pheu Thai U-turn on lese majeste law is just part of its ‘fighting while kowtowing’ strategy

Main opposition party Pheu Thai has once again disappointed its reformist supporters, after backtracking on its maiden push to amend the lèse-majesté law. Pheu Thai pulled out of an effort…

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PM challenged to dissolve House if MPs cannot attend meetings

The opposition Pheu Thai Party’s MP Chirayu Huangsap challenged Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha today (Friday) to dissolve the House of Representatives after many government MPs and ministers missed House meetings…

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Thammanat Prompow talked to the reporters at the government house about the conflicts in the Palang Pracharath Party on November 2, 2021.

All eyes on ruling party as Prayut-Thammanat battle rages on

A bitter conflict with Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha has resulted in Thammanat Prompao’s ouster from the Cabinet and civil war breaking out between rival factions in the ruling Palang Pracharath…

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Thai PM firm on government stance on not amending lèse majesté law

Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha has made clear that his government will not amend the country’s controversial lèse majesté law, as is being demanded by some opposition parties and anti-establishment groups….

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Pheu Thai MP throws rice in Parliament to protest PM, minister’s absence 

Pheu Thai Party MP for Chiang Rai, Pichet Chuamuangphan, was ordered by House Speaker Chuan Leekpai to clean the floor of the parliament chamber today (Thursday). He had thrown rice…

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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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Recent file photo of Move Forward declaring its stance on Article 112

Move Forward Party warns that if lèse majesté is not amended, it may be repealed

Thailand’s opposition Move Forward Party announced its determination to push for amendments of the lèse majesté law (Section 112 of the Criminal Code), warning that, if the law remains in…

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People hold red candles during a memorial for 15-year-old Warit Somnoi, a protester who has died two months after being shot during an anti-government rally, outside a police station in Bangkok on October 29, 2021. (Photo by Jack TAYLOR / AFP)

Phra Kiew, Paetongtarn and reconciliation

In politics, a man’s good news is another man’s bad one. However, here’s doom and gloom for all: Long-lasting national peace will remain very remote no matter what happens from…

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Thai anti-establishment protest leader gets 6 months for contempt of court

A Thammasat University engineering student and aspiring astronaut was sentenced to six months in prison today (Monday) for contempt of the court and for “causing disunity” in the country. The…

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Pheu Thai party changes stance, now supports changes to lèse majesté law

Thailand’s opposition Pheu Thai party has openly declared its support for amendment of the country’s strict lèse majesté law (Section 112 of the Criminal Code), and sedition (Section 116), the…

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Amnesty, Rung Panusaya seek end to alleged Thai Government human rights violations

Today (Monday), anti-establishment protest leader Panusaya “Rung” Sithijirawattanakul, along with activists from Amnesty International Thailand, submitted over 28,000 signatures, gathered through a change.org campaign, to a representative of Prime Minister…

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Anti-establishment protesters rally in Bangkok to demand repeal of lèse majesté law

Anti-establishment protesters, which included the Ratsadon group, LBGT supporters and Talufah members, rallied in Bangkok’s Ratchaprasong shopping district this afternoon (Sunday) to demand the repeal of the country’s controversial lèse…

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‘Phra Kiew’ parade: How Thailand’s oldest university became epicentre of country’s bitter political divide

Thailand’s oldest and arguably most prestigious seat of learning, Chulalongkorn University (CU) has undergone a transformation in recent years, as witnessed in controversial decisions made by its student union.  …

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Public health can aid proactive Thai diplomacy

A carefully-crafted national public health plan with proactive diplomacy can help Thailand to participate in global health development and deal with emerging diseases in the coming decades, suggested a panel of…

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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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Nationwide ban on public gatherings declared in Thailand from Nov 1

To pre-empt protests by anti-government groups, which may disrupt Thailand’s reopening to foreign travellers on Monday, Armed Forces Commander General Chalermpol Srisawat, who is in charge of overseeing security during…

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Rift in Palang Pracharat party resolved, says party’s deputy leader

Internal conflict within Palang Pracharat, Thailand’s core government party, was resolved at a meeting on Wednesday between the party leader, Deputy Prime Minister Prawit Wongsuwan, and the party’s MPs, according…

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Chonlanan Srikaew picked as new Pheu Thai leader, Thaksin’s youngest daughter joins as advisor

Dr. Chonlanan Srikaew, a Pheu Thai party MP for Nan province, has been picked as the new party leader, soon after Sompong Amornvivat resigned as the leader of Thailand’s biggest…

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Sacked Pheu Thai MP, fellow ex-party member join Bhumjaithai party

Sacked Pheu Thai MP for Pathum Thani province, Pornpimon Thammasarn, and a former Pheu Thai MP for Ubon Ratchathani province, Sombat Rattano, officially applied to join the Bhumjaithai party, the…

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File photo: Pheu Thai party at a press conference on October 19, 2021.

Will Pheu Thai’s shiny new image win it an ‘overwhelming’ victory?

Thailand’s main opposition party is undergoing a rebrand as it bids to return to power after seven years – five years under the post-coup junta and two years of this…

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Thai Foreign Policy Webinar Series

Thailand still has opportunities to rejuvenate its foreign policy and diplomacy, which have fallen to their “lowest point” in living memory, despite the need to play a role amid intense…

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Isaan voters once again hold keys to political power in Thailand

Major political parties are setting their sights on the Northeast as local elections loom, paving the way for a national vote expected next year. Pheu Thai and Move Forward, the…

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Charter Court rules in favour of PPRP’s Paiboon Nititawan

The Constitutional Court ruled today (Wednesday), by a majority, that Paiboon Nititawan, a former MP of the dissolved People  Reform Party and currently an MP and a deputy leader of…

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Sonthiyan Chuenruthainaitham

Thai Appeals Court upholds acquittal of three ex-PDRC leaders, fourth sentenced to 8 months

The Appeals Court sentenced a former core member of the now defunct People’s Democratic Reform Committee (PDRC) to eight months in prison without suspension today (Wednesday), after finding him guilty…

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Paiboon Nititawan

Judgement day for Paiboon Nititawan, protector of junta-sponsored Constitution

A Constitutional Court ruling due to be issued on Wednesday (Oct 20) holds the key to the political future of the ruling Palang Pracharath Party’s legal expert Paiboon Nititawan, with big impacts…

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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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Politician Jatuporn Prompan (C) and fellow “Red Shirt” leaders arrive at Criminal Court in Bangkok on August 14, 2019 before the final ruling on alleged offences committed by “Red Shirt” leaders and key figures in 2009. Lillian SUWANRUMPHA / AFP

Former red-shirt leader Jatuporn released on bail by Thai Appeals Court

After 97 days behind bars, former chairman of the United Front for Democracy against Dictatorship (UDD) Jatuporn Prompan was released from Bangkok remand prison this evening (Thursday) after the Appeals…

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Thailand’s October 14, 1973 student uprising commemorated

Former student leaders, politicians of both government and opposition camps, relatives of those who died, Christian, Islamic and Buddhist clerics and representatives of pro-democracy groups gathered at the October 14th…

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Pheu Thai party sacks two dissident MPs

The opposition Pheu Thai party decided to sack two dissident MPs, Sarunvuth Sarunkate, of Uttaradit province, and Pornpimon Thammasarn, of Pathum Thani province, for defying the party whip to vote…

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Thai police charge Thanathorn Juangroongruangkit with lèse majesté

Nang Loeng police submitted its case file, on a lèse majesté charge against Progressive Group leader Thanathorn Juangroongruangkit, to the Office of the Attorney-General today (Tuesday). Thanathorn’s lawyer, Krisadang Nutcharat,…

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Lively first day of candidate registration in Thailand’s sub-district elections

Old and new faces in Thailand’s local politics showed up in force on Monday to register their candidacy in the first Tambon Administration Organization (TAO) elections in eight years. Atmosphere…

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This handout image Courtesy of Netflix shows a scene of South Korea’s “Squid Game” Season one. A dystopian vision of a polarised society, Netflix smash hit “Squid Game” blends a tight plot, social allegory and uncompromising violence to create the latest South Korean cultural phenomenon to go global. It features South Korea’s most marginalised, including the deeply in debt, a migrant worker and a North Korean defector, competing in traditional children’s games for the chance to win 45.6 billion won ($38 million) in mysterious circumstances. And losing players are killed. YOUNGKYU PARK / Netflix / AFP

Thai police warn youths may emulate violence seen in hit TV series ‘Squid Game’

Thai police have expressed concerns over South Korea’s hit survival drama TV series “Squid Game”, citing some violent scenes which may affect the mental health of some youths and lead…

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Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha during his visit to Nakhon Si Thammarat on October 7, 2021.

Can Thailand’s 2014 coup leader secure another 5 years in power?

Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha’s words to supporters in the South last week were interpreted by many as a sign he intends to seek another term in office. “I and my team are…

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Protest leader Benja Apan held on remand after court rejects her bail request

One of the leaders of the anti-establishment “United Front of Thammasat and Demonstration” group, 22-year-old Benja Apan, was taken to the Central Women’s Correctional Institute this afternoon (Friday), to be…

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Thai Civil Court rejects plea to suspend public gathering restrictions

The Thai Civil Court today (Friday) dismissed a plea for restrictions on public gatherings to be lifted, submitted by Internet Law Reform Dialogue (iLaw) and two Ratsadon anti-establishment protesters. In…

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Police prevent ‘Talugas’ protesters from gathering in Din Daeng after officer got shot in the head

The metropolitan police will remain on the offense in dealing with hard core “Talugas” protesters at Bangkok’s Din Daeng intersection, by preventing them from gathering, said Pol Maj-Gen Jirasant Kaewsang-ek,…

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Prosecutors drop charges against former secretary of Khunying Potjaman in KTB case

In an about-face, the public prosecutors have decided not to pursue money laundering charges against the former secretary of Khunying Potjaman Na Pombejra, the ex-wife of former Prime Minister Thaksin…

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Thai PM concerned over shooting of police officer during last night’s protest

Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha has expressed concern for a police officer who sustained serious injury when he was shot during a protest by the “Talugas” group at Din Daeng intersection…

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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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Chadchart Sittipunt greets patrons in a restaurant while campaigning in Bangkok on March 15, 2019, ahead of the March 24 general election. (Photo by Lillian SUWANRUMPHA / AFP)

What frontrunner Chadchart has to do

The trick is that the independent Bangkok gubernatorial candidate must stay away from national politics if he wants to lead all the way to the finish line. However, that is…

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EC Secretary-General Jaroongwit Poomma

Eligibility of recovered COVID patients in quarantine in local elections to be discussed

Thailand’s Election Commission (EC) will meet with members of the Centre for COVID-19 Situation Administration (CCSA) to seek a clear answer on whether people who have recovered from COVID-19 but…

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Police say 47 million baht to repair five water cannon trucks not expensive

The Metropolitan Police Bureau (MPB) has described the estimated 47 million baht price tag for repairs to five water cannon trucks as “reasonable”, because the vehicles all sustained heavy damage…

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Activists, politicians commemorate 45th anniversary of October 6 Thammasat massacre

The commemoration of the October 6th massacre took place today at the Tha Phra Jan campus of Thammasat University in Bangkok, with many political activists, former student activists who took…

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Thai civil court accepts lawsuit demanding revocation of Emergency Decree, compensation

The Thai Civil Court accepted a lawsuit today (Tuesday), against Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha and five others, filed jointly by the anti-establishment Ratsadon group, the Internet Law Reform Dialogue (iLaw),…

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Police ready to talk to ‘Talugas’, apologise to Din Daeng residents for search

Bangkok police have offered to hold truce talks with the anti-government “Talugas” group, in an effort to find a peaceful solution to the weeks of violent protests at Din Daeng…

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Children’s book under scrutiny. (Photo by “Waad Wang” Facebook page)

Children’s books latest battleground for Thailand’s political divide

A set of new children’s books with political messages has triggered heated debate over allegations they aim to “brainwash” young readers. However, their main author and publisher have defended the…

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Three Thai men arrested after one threw explosive at police

Three Thai men were arrested by police shortly after they threw a home-made explosive device at traffic police officer directing traffic at Ratchaprasong intersection in Bangkok this morning (Monday), according…

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Pheu Thai MP cries foul over corruption watchdog’s bribery finding

Pheu Thai MP for Thailand’s Muk Dahan province, Anurak Tangpanitarnnont, has described as “hasty” the National Anti-Corruption Commission’s (NACC) decision to find him at fault following an allegation that he…

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Two men facing attempted murder charge apprehended with bomb-making materials

Police arrested two young protesters facing the charge of attempted murder of a police officer in a clash with police last month, and seized bomb-making materials, flares and cherry bombs…

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Suspect in shooting of protester at Din Daeng intersection in police custody

A man, who is suspected of shooting a young protester at Din Daeng intersection on August 14th, is being held in police custody following his arrest in Bangkok’s Din Daeng…

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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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“Silent majority” gives everyone hope _ and anxiety

To varying degrees, all key players in Thai politics can be both optimistic and apprehensive at the same time. While politicians regard themselves as second to none at keeping their…

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Police to charge naked protester for indecent exposure in public

Bangkok police will summon woman to acknowledge a charge of indecent exposure for undressing in public, during a protest by the anti-government “Talufah” group at Nang Lerng intersection, near Government…

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How long can PM Prayut remain in power? 

August 24 marked the seventh anniversary of General Prayut Chan-o-cha’s tenure as Thailand’s prime minister. It also spurred questions over whether he has only one year left in the post,…

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People eat lunch at a street food restaurant implementing social distancing measures with plastic dividers on the tables after the Thai government relaxed measures to combat the spread of the COVID-19 novel coronavirus, in Bangkok on May 7, 2020. Thailand began easing restrictions related to the COVID-19 novel coronavirus on May 3 by allowing various businesses to reopen, but warned that the stricter measures would be re-imposed should cases increase again.

Restaurateurs file class action suit against PM, others, demanding 50 million baht

Thailand’s Civil Court accepted a class action lawsuit today (Monday), filed by a group of 39 restaurateurs in Bangkok and upcountry provinces, demanding 50 million baht in compensation from Prime…

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Approved charter amendment draft to be sent to Thai PM on Monday

House Speaker Chuan Leekpai will submit the constitutional amendments draft, which has recently passed its final reading in parliament, to Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha on Monday so that the amended…

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Foreign Minister Don Pramudwinai meets 76th UNGA president

Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Minister shared views with the President of the 76th Session of the United Nations General Assembly on the aspiration to build back better the post-COVID-19…

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Bangkok police chief vows tougher action against violent protesters

Police will be dealing more harshly, within the scope of the law, with trouble makers who are bent on destroying public property, following the arson attacks on six police traffic…

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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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House panel probes noise problem caused by Thai and Singapore air force flights at Udon Thani airbase

Thailand’s House Foreign Affairs Committee was in the north-eastern province of Udon Thani on Wednesday to investigate complaints from locals living in the vicinity of the Royal Thai Air Force’s…

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Hardcore ‘Talugas’ protest group may move its rally from Din Daeng

A representative of Thailand’s hard core anti-government “Talugas” group has indicated that they may shift their protest site from Din Daeng junction to elsewhere in Bangkok, possibly to Nang Lerng…

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16 hardcore protesters arrested, police kiosk torched in Bangkok’s Nang Lerng

Sixteen protesters were arrested by police in the Nang Lerng area of Bangkok last night (Sunday), after a “car mob” protest ended. The convoy of cars and motorcycles arrived at…

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Car mob protest marks 15th anniversary of the coup which toppled Thaksin

“Car mob” protesters gathered at the Asoke-Sukhumvit intersection shortly before 2pm today (Sunday) for a convoy of cars and motorcycles through different parts of Bangkok to the Democracy Monument, to…

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File photo of Thaksin Shinawatra being interviewed by Agence France-presse in Hong Kong. (Photo by ISAAC LAWRENCE / AFP)

Ex-PM Thaksin and 4 others face NACC probe for THAI’s purchase of 10 Airbus aircraft

Thailand’s National Anti-Corruption Commission (NACC) has set up a panel to investigate fugitive former prime minister Thaksin Shinawatra and four others over their collective role in the purchase of ten…

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This file photo taken on June 4, 2021, Sitanun Satsaksit (C), sister of Thai activist Wanchalearm Satsaksit, who went missing in Cambodia in 2020, commemorates the first anniversary of his enforced disappearance with a candlelight vigil in Bangkok. (Photo by Lillian SUWANRUMPHA / AFP)

Will new law end Thailand’s dark era of torture and disappearances?

Uproar over the recent killing of a drug suspect by police investigators has revived debate on the need for a law banning torture and killings by state officials. And the…

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Two students nabbed for allegedly torching King’s portrait in Khon Kaen, bail granted

Two Khon Kaen University students were separately arrested on Monday morning by provincial police this morning (Friday) for allegedly torching the portrait of His Majesty the King in front of…

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Thammasat protest leaders’ house raided, computers confiscated by police

Thai police raided the house of leaders of the “United Front of Thammasat and Demonstration” (UFTD) on Friday morning and arrested one for allegedly violating the Computer Crime Act and…

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Thailand’s Foreign Minister to visit Washington, UN next week

Thailand’s Foreign Minister Don Pramudwinai is to visit Washington and will attend the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) and ASEAN related meetings in New York next week, according to an…

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