Ken Lohatepanont

Ken Lohatepanont is a writer and commentator based in Berkeley, California.
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Opinion: Thailand’s Royalists must engage in dialogue or cede the argument to the other side

Often we do not know that we are living through historical turning points but it is unmistakable for someone living in Thailand...

Abolish the primary vote

As the spirited debate over constitutional amendments continues across the country, a hopeful consensus is gradually emerging. The opposition has finally been...

The War on Salim and the Problem with Thailand’s Emerging Cancel Culture

On August 24th, the Manager newspaper published a political cartoon depicting Mao Zedong and Thanathorn Juangroongureangkit side by...

What Thailand can learn from Taiwan’s last dictator

Today, Taiwan is often seen as a shining example of democracy in East Asia. Since the late 1980s, Taiwan has transformed from...

A pragmatic look at constitutional reform

“We’ve seized Government House. We’ve seized airports. That couldn’t accomplish anything. What will the current protests do?” This was a tweet from...

Opinion: The military’s mindset is too outdated for the 21st century

There is one ritual that many Thai men will undergo if they are privileged enough at the end of their secondary education....

Opinion: Reconciling Thailand’s political generation gap

On July 19, in one corner of Thai Twitter, a question was posed. “Do your family members have differing political perspectives? And...

Opinion: Thai education needs reform; we can start with how we teach our history

The recent furor over school haircuts and how teachers have continued to cruelly enforce them even after clear directives from the Ministry...

Analysis: The Decline of Pheu Thai Party

"With respect, I must say that if the government is unable to answer my aforementioned questions, I will not be able to...

Opinion: The hubris of Palang Pracharath

“Never regret thy fall, O Icarus of the fearless flight. For the greatest tragedy of them all, is never to feel the...

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Thailand will be unlivable if protestors topple me, Prayut says

Prime Minister Prayut Chan o-cha said on Monday that he personally does not want a pro-democracy rally to take place...

CCSA welcomes six groups of foreign travellers, hoping to stimulate Thai economy

The Center for COVID-19 Situation Administration (CCSA) said on Monday that it approved reopening the country's borders to welcome foreign visitors, both...

Thailand revises monopoly laws to close mergers loopholes

Amendments have been made to the market monopoly law, the Royal Thai Government Gazette announced last week.The revised...

[UPDATE-1] Thailand discovers 22 new cases of coronavirus in on Monday; global death toll now over 1 million

Thailand’s government said on Tuesday that it had discovered 22 new cases of coronavirus in the last 24 hours in state quarantine.

Opinion: Thailand’s Patronage Decoupling

2020 is undoubtedly the year of abnormality. Although Covid-19 has introduced many “new normals” to our lives, Thailand’s political divide remains unbridged...