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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Can Move Forward survive latest wave of dissolution threats?      

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

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How Chadchart’s team is lifting lid on Bangkok’s murky multibillion-baht budget

Although Bangkok Governor Chadchart Sittipunt has vowed to revolutionize the city’s budgeting process, significant change is on hold as the budget plan for next year has already been prepared under…

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Multiple governments have legalized the planting and sale of cannabis for recreational use, but such action requires good preparation including mandated and widespread warnings. (Photo by Lillian Suwanrumpha / AFP)

Cannabis, not COVID-19, to feature at upcoming censure

Two months ago, the coronavirus would have still been a “sexy” topic at the no-confidence debate. But the relevant numbers are going down, and economic suffering has been too related…

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Cambodian-US human rights advocate Theary Seng, dressed as Lady Liberty, is arrested by police after being found guilty of treason in her trial in front of the Phnom Penh municipal court on June 14, 2022. (Photo by Samuel / AFP)

Cambodia convicts opposition figures in mass trial

A Phnom Penh court convicted around 60 opposition figures including an outspoken US-Cambodian activist in a mass trial Tuesday as long-serving leader Hun Sen cracks down on dissent ahead of…

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Deeper look into City Assembly votes

The Pheu Thai Party has a strong cause for celebration. Move Forward, if it wants to celebrate as well, must do so cautiously. The Democrats still have their work cut…

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

Bangkok poll triggers national wave of demand for local democracy

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

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Bangkok elections a harbinger of Prayut’s downfall?

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

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Chadchart, opinion polls and the perils of political prediction in Thailand

Opinion surveys of voters before elections have been a commonplace occurrence in Thailand for years, yet their findings are often a poor guide to the actual vote results. In fact,…

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Staggering victory that requires careful reading

Chadchart Sittipunt’s stunning landslide may have hidden scrambled messages voters in the capital delivered on Sunday in the Bangkok gubernatorial election, but arguably the real nightmare for the shaken powers-that-be…

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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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Bangkok elections reflect the tussle between two political ideologies

The Bangkok gubernatorial and council elections on Sunday are a reflection of the political conflict in Thailand, between self-proclaimed pro-democracy liberals, who include the Pheu Thai and Move Forward parties,…

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Tactical voting could win Bangkok governor election for conservatives

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

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

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

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

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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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Controversial but defiant, influencer Nara Crepe Katoey facing biggest storm yet

If there’s no such thing as bad publicity, then someone forgot to tell the transgender influencer who posted a controversial clip promoting e-commerce giant Lazada. Known by the handle “Nara…

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A woman checks the Bangkok Follow up website, one of the tools created by King Prajadhipok Institute (KPI) to enhance voters’ involvement in the upcoming poll.

From vote-counts to matchmaking – 4 innovations boosting voter participation in Bangkok election

Excitement is rising as around 4.4 million Bangkok voters prepare to cast their ballots in the first gubernatorial election for almost 10 years. But this time, their participation in the…

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In 1971, Phra Nakhon was merged with Thon Buri province on the opposite bank of the Chao Phraya River to form Krungthep Maha Nakhon, now the capital’s official name. (Photo by Waranont (Joe))

5 decades of governor elections that have shaped modern Bangkok

Bangkokians choose their next governor on May 22, the latest episode in 50 years of administration that has shaped the world capital that we know today. Here, Thai PBS World reviews highlights…

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

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

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Young candidates woo voters with fresh ideas in Bangkok council race

Although many candidates for the Bangkok Council election are familiar old faces, fresh talent has also surfaced for voters keen to see what the new generation has to offer. Nitikorn…

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Bangkok race: How pollsters got it all wrong in 2013

Some nine years ago, both popularity and exit polls pointed towards one outcome. The Pheu Thai Party’s city gubernatorial candidate, Pongsapat Pongcharoen, would win comfortably, if not by a landslide,…

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Spectre of a substitute PM looms over Prayut

Politicians and observers are seeking a potential “substitute prime minister” in case PM Prayut Chan-o-cha runs into a “political accident”. Talk of an acting PM was triggered this past week…

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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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Thailand grapples with old trouble presenting itself in new era

Reporters being tumultuously curious about Jurin Laksanavisit’s and the Democrat Party’s future tells a lot about where the country is heading when sexual harassment and domestic violence are concerned. The…

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Amid sluggish economy, budget poses huge challenge to government

Unfavorable economic conditions are likely to pose tough challenges for current and future governments in managing the annual budget. The Prayut Chan-o-cha government plans to spend Bt3.185 trillion in fiscal…

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No vote but strong opinions: Bangkok expats ponder governor election

Most expatriates in Bangkok have no right to vote in the May 22 gubernatorial election, yet the outcome affects their everyday lives just as much as those of other residents….

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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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Bangkok race’s biggest challenge

It normally begins with a “public forum” debate on pedestrians’ and ordinary citizens’ problems, but the city gubernatorial election usually ends up producing the outcome of a national political game….

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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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For years Myanmar Beer dominated bars and supermarket shelves, but after the generals ousted Aung San Suu Kyi’s civilian government last February many turned their backs on produced with a junta-backed conglomerate, along with a host of other goods made by companies linked to the armed forces, from soap to coffee. (Photo by AFP)

Myanmar military’s beer sales tumble after junta boycott

When Japanese brewing giant Kirin called time on its Myanmar operations last month, the news made little difference to Kyaw Gyi — like many drinkers, he had long boycotted the…

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A ‘No War’ sign stuck on a portrait of Russian President Vladimir Putin, on the window of a children’s library in St. Petersburg, Russia, Tuesday, March 29, 2022. (AP Photo)

Realities of war threaten to overwhelm rhetoric

Ask Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky what he wants more now, worldwide expression of sympathy or what he deems a fraction of western tanks, warplanes and anti-warship systems that he suggests…

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

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

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

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

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Treacherous path of Paetongtarn

A Facebook post by an anti-government activist may have gone largely unnoticed but it asks a highly-relevant question: What does the political rise of Thaksin Shinawatra’s youngest daughter say about…

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

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

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

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

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

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

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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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This general view shows the Bangkok skyline, taken from the King Power Mahanakhon skyscraper in Bangkok on October 22, 2021. (Photo by Jack TAYLOR / AFP)

Your guide to the Bangkok council election and how it will shape city for next 4 years  

For the first time in 12 years, Bangkokians will vote for a new city council, at an election expected in May. While this local election may be overshadowed by the upcoming…

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Will 3 decades of Hopewell horror show have a shock happy ending for Thailand?

The Supreme Administrative Court’s recent decision to retry the Hopewell case may help the government avoid paying a huge sum in compensation which has been dubbed the “price of stupidity”….

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Watana Muangsook joins long list of powerful Thai politicians jailed for corruption

Watana Muangsook has become the latest Thai political heavyweight to be jailed in a high-profile corruption case. On March 4, the Supreme Court’s Criminal Division for Political Office Holders upheld…

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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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How amended election-related laws will reshape Thailand’s political landscape

Ten draft bills to amend election laws will be deliberated by Parliament this Thursday and Friday (Feb 24-25) – but most are expected to hit obstacles. The bills are designed…

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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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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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Fireworks explode over the Democracy Monument during a demonstration calling for the resignation of Thailand’s Prime Minister Prayut Chan-O-Cha over the government’s handling of the Covid-19 coronavirus crisis in Bangkok on August 28, 2021. (Photo by Jack TAYLOR / AFP)

Political melting pot just gets hotter

Thaksin Shinawatra is trying to get back on stage, whereas Move Forward is struggling to stay on it. Will Prayut Chan-o-cha dissolve the House of Representatives and/or join a new…

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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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Why no-shows by MPs are threatening to paralyze Thai Parliament

The collapse of Parliament meetings due to withdrawal by MPs is becoming more frequent this year, with three House sessions abandoned in January and three more in the first 10…

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FILE – Italian President Sergio Mattarella speaks during a meeting with Secretary of State Antony Blinken at Quirinale Palace in Rome, Monday, June 28, 2021. Mattarella has been elected to a second seven-year term as the country’s head of state, ending days of political impasse as party leaders struggled to pick his successor. Earlier on Saturday, lawmakers entreated Mattarella, 80, who had said he didn’t want a second mandate, to change his mind and agree to reelection by lawmakers in Parliament and regional delegates. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik, Pool, File)

Italy’s president, 80, is recruited to stay on for 2nd term

Italian President Sergio Mattarella was pulled away from his impending retirement and reelected Saturday to a second seven-year term as the country’s head of state, ending days of political impasse…

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Electoral officials count votes at a polling station in Bangkok on March 24, 2019 after polls closed in Thailand’s general election. (Photo by Ye Aung THU / AFP)

2021: Year of powerplays, purges and defections as parties begin countdown to Thai general election  

Thai political parties have undergone change, evolution and even transformation in the past year, ahead of a general election expected in the coming year. Parties large and small – as…

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Pro-Beijing candidates sweep victories at Hong Kong polls

Pro-Beijing candidates dominated Hong Kong’s legislative elections, beating out moderates and independents in the city’s first public poll after Beijing passed a resolution to amend the city’s election laws. Candidates…

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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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Two key education bills have sailed through the first reading in the parliament, despite warnings that it will seriously damage the quality of Thai education and offer no benefits for Thailand’s more than 10 million children. (Photo by Thai PBS)

New Thai education law will kill kids’ creativity, warn critics

Two key education bills have sailed through the first reading in the House of Representatives, despite warnings that both will seriously damage the quality of Thai education. Among those worried…

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(Photo courtesy of Jurin Laksanawisit Facebook)

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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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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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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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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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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(Photo by Thai PBS)

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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Newly-released prisoners wave from a bus as they depart the Insein Prison in Yangon on October 18, 2021, after authorities announced more than 5,000 people jailed for protesting against a February coup. (Photo by STR / AFP)

Myanmar’s military releases prisoners, retracts court cases following ASEAN decision

Myanmar’s junta government has decided to release prisoners and cancel arrest warrants issued against thousands of people just days after ASEAN announced that it will exclude Myanmar’s representative from future…

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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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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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A protester speaks in a megaphone during a protest against the mandatory sanitary pass called “green pass” in the aim to limit the spread of the Covid-19 in central Rome on October 9, 2021. Tiziana FABI / AFP

Thousands protest in Rome against Covid health pass

Thousands of protesters including members of far-right groups demonstrated in central Rome on Saturday against the extension of the Covid-19 health pass system to all workplaces.  There were scuffles with…

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Kyaw Moe Tun in an interview with NHK at the UN mission in New York. (Photo by NHK)

Myanmar’s envoy to UN vows to continue and seek support for democratization of the country

Myanmar’s envoy to the United Nations, Ambassador Kyaw Moe Tun, has vowed to continue in the post and to carry on seeking international support for democratization of his home country….

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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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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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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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Increase in public debt ceiling raises questions on government’s competence

Finance Minister Arkhom Termpittayapaisith recently announced that the government needed to increase the public debt ceiling to 70 percent of gross domestic product (GDP) from 60 percent. The remarks came…

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(Photo by Lillian SUWANRUMPHA / AFP)

“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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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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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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Can Prayut and Thammanat walk on separate tightropes?

They were skating on thin ice together like a pair, but, currently, the prime minister and arguably the most controversial man in his government coalition are drifting in opposite directions….

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Thammanat’s exit could spell doom for ruling party at next election

The surprise departure of Palang Pracharath’s secretary-general, Thammanat Prompow, from the Cabinet threatens to cause disarray in the ruling party and impact its performance at the next general election. The…

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(Photo by Lillian Suwanrumpha / AFP)

What’s “Dirty job man” up to?

The question regarding Prayut Chan-o-cha and Thammanat Prompao is whether it’s a “mountain out of a molehill” situation or a “no smoke without fire” development. In a world where Prayut…

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Censure debate signals end of Prayut’s ‘command-and-control’ leadership 

Halfway through their government’s four-year term, Prime Minister Gen Prayut Chan-o-cha and his brothers in arms – Gen Prawit Wongsuwan and Gen Anupong Paochinda – apparently have no choice but to change tack…

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Thailand Prime Minister Prayuth Chan-ocha talks to reporters at parliament after a confidence vote on himself and five members of his Cabinet in Bangkok, Thailand, Saturday, Sept. 4, 2021. (AP Photo/Sompong Sonnak)

Rumbling undercurrent unsettles Prayut despite censure win

Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha managed to survive his third no-confidence vote, but a brewing storm in the ruling party is now undermining his once solid position. For analysts, recent developments…

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Popcat fever offers Thailand respite from worries of COVID crisis

In this time of despair, a small sense of achievement has arrived to boost Thais’ morale – winning a global online race as a team. Thailand on Sunday (August 15) managed…

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Anti-graft body urges rejection of charter amendment draft by Palang Pracharat

The Anti-Corruption Organization of Thailand (ACT) has voiced its objection to a draft charter amendment, seeking to protect both elected MPs and non-elected senators from punishment for their interference in…

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COVID-19 throws all ideologies into melting pot

First, it was China’s “comfortable survival”. Then, it was the intriguing question of whether or how much states should “provide” or “facilitate” vaccination. Now, it’s the anger and disbelief following…

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Thai anti-establishment protest leader ‘Penguin’ and activist ‘Ammy’ granted bail

Anti-establishment protest leader Parit “Penguin” Chiwarak and singer-turned-activist Chai-amorn Kaewwiboonpan, who have been indicted on lèse majesté charges, were granted conditional bail today (Tuesday). The pair, who had been denied…

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Thailand’s Deputy Agriculture Minister Thammanat Prompao gestures at Government House (File photo by Lillian SUWANRUMPHA / AFP)

“It was flour” – Thai justice ridiculed as court decision over convicted minister branded “its lowest point”

Yesterday’s Constitutional Court verdict, which allows controversial Deputy Agriculture Minister Thammanat Prompow to retain his ministerial post and MP status, despite his drug trafficking conviction in Australia in the 1990’s,…

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Photo from Daio Sirimongkhon Pratumthong on Let’s Move Abroad Facebook group

Viral interest in moving out of Thailand sparks debate and some backlash

The current interest among Thais in moving abroad, with nearly 763,000 members joining a newly created Facebook group and the Thai hashtag “Let’s Move Abroad” among top Twitter trends, has…

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Thaksin’s top cop has a new mission – a corruption-free, developed Pathum Thani  

With fugitive former prime minister Thaksin Shinawatra as his role model, Pol Lt-General Camronwit Toopkrajank is on a mission to turn his hometown of Pathum Thani into a highly developed…

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Will special Parliament session be a time-buying tactic?

Most observers hold little hope that next week’s extraordinary parliamentary session will lead to concrete solutions satisfactory to both sides in Thailand’s ongoing political conflict. Critics said the move to…

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Police, backed by high pressure water jet trucks, move against protesters at Pathumwan intersection.

Police forcibly break up rally at Pathumwan intersection

Anti-riot police, backed by high pressure water jet trucks, have dispersed a mass anti-government rally at Pathumwan intersection in the heart of Bangkok. At least four police personnel and a…

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People bow as a motorcade transporting Thailand’s King Maha Vajiralongkorn and Queen Suthida arrives at the Grand Palace for his coronation in Bangkok on May 4, 2019. (Photo by Jewel SAMAD / AFP)

Royalist groups have yet to make their presence felt

As nationwide anti-establishment protests gather momentum, a counter movement launched by royalists is garnering far less attention and at times attracting more criticism than support.    Political pundits are divided over…

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Sanitary napkin: big market for this delicate product

Sanitary napkin is always a sensitive subject because the wrong type of cotton pad can easily irritate women’s skins. Recently, this feminine care product became a political debate, sort of,…

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Army chief assures that he has no political ambitions and will not meddle in politics

Army Commander-in-Chief General Apirat Kongsompong said today (Monday) that he does not aspire to become a politician, preferring to be a friend of politicians, as he dismissed as unrealistic speculation…

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