Will this general election come down to policies or personalities?

Thailand is to hold a general election in under two months. While parliament is still officially in session, political parties began to campaign weeks ago, mostly offering populist policies ranging…

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Global conditions arrest Thailand’s economic recovery  

Thailand’s economic growth in the fourth quarter of last year has disappointed many people. Real gross domestic product (GDP), a broader measure of economic output, grew just 1.4 percent year on year,…

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Parties line up to woo Bangkok voters in the biggest battle of Thai election

Bangkok has become a bigger target for political parties campaigning for the upcoming election as it now offers more MP seats. After redrawing of boundaries, the number of constituency seats…

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Anwar’s visit sets tone for increase in bilateral trade and investment

Resolving the logistics bottleneck at the Customs checkpoint in the South and increasing overall trade and investment were high on the agenda of Malaysia’s newly elected Prime Minister Anwar Ibrahim when…

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Thailand needs welfare schemes based on rights not charity, experts say

With a general election just around the corner, political parties are now competing to woo voters via the popular welfare card scheme. Academics, however, warn that this scheme has already…

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Shadow of uncertainty over budget for fiscal year 2024 as election looms

The Cabinet recently approved a framework for government spending in fiscal year 2024 with planned expenditure of 3.35 trillion baht, up 5.18 percent from the current fiscal year. The spending is equal…

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What hosting the APEC Summit means to Thailand 

This week, Thailand will get its moment under the sun when it hosts one of the major diplomatic events of the year — the APEC leaders’ summit — from Monday…

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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A ballot box at a polling station for Bangkok governor on March 3, 2013. (Photo by Pornchai Kittiwongsakul / AFP)

Bangkok governor election: Candidates, their policies, and the daunting tasks awaiting winner

Bangkok governor elections used to be held once every four years until the 2014 coup saw national and local votes suspended. Now, expectations are rising ahead of the first gubernatorial…

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(Photo courtesy of Ramathibodi hospital)

Hospitals of the Future

Despite the disruptions COVID-19 has caused in the way healthcare is delivered in many countries, there are reasons to be optimistic about the future We have learned a great deal…

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A board displays the vote-counting result of Bangkok’s constituency 9 by-election on Sunday evening.

Big defeat in Bangkok could be beginning of end for Prayut’s government: analysts

Predictions of defeat for the ruling Palang Pracharath Party were being made several days before last Sunday’s Constituency 9 by-election in Bangkok, but few analysts expected such a devastating loss….

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The World Bank estimates that air pollution-related healthcare expenses are equivalent to 4 percent of a country’s GDP. (Photo by Mladen Antonov / AFP)

All choking aside, is Thailand making progress in battle with air pollution?

Many Thais have developed a habit of checking the air quality index daily so they can take steps to protect themselves against lung-busting PM2.5 dust. However, the quest for clean…

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One crucial question is whether the by-elections offer any clues to the result of the next general election. Yes and no, say the analysts. (Photo by Christophe Archambault)

A tale of two by-elections: Polls offer clues as Thailand heads into election countdown 

Last Sunday’s by-elections in the southern provinces of Songkhla and Chumphon saw fierce battles between the ruling Palang Pracharath and Democrat Party coalition partners. Victory went to the Democrats, who…

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According to tax officials, those who engage in coin mining also will be subject to taxation on the sale of coins. (Photo by Quantitatives.io)

Taxing cryptocurrency trading — an uncharted course

The digital assets industry is up in arms over the Revenue Department’s plan to levy tax on capital gains or benefits derived from cryptocurrencies and other digital asset transactions. With…

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Keeping economic activities open while whittling down the number of COVID-19 cases will be a major task before the authorities in 2022. (Photo by Dan Freeman)

Five key economic challenges of 2022

For the third year in a row, Thailand’s and the global economic recovery will hinge on progress in fighting the COVID outbreak. Consumers, businesses, and policymakers will face five key…

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Parties target Bangkok poll as bellwether for approaching general election

More than five years since its governor was appointed after a coup, Bangkok is now looking forward to its first gubernatorial election in almost nine years. Although no date has…

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