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Thai protests and the possibility of a South East Asian spring

“The geographies of these protests have been different,” wrote Eli Elinoff for the Isaan Record, on Thailand’s October protests.Thailand’s current pro-democracy protests have redrawn the maps in different and powerful ways: the expansion...

Prayut said that pro-democracy campaign aided by hackers and artificial intelligence; refuses to resign

Prime Minister Prayut Chan-ocha said, at a special parliamentary session on Tuesday night, that he would not resign despite being pressed to by opposition MPs and that pro-democracy protests against him have been...

Student protest leaders do not trust the prime minister’s offer to amend the constitution by December

Thailand's student leaders say they do not trust the prime minister's plans to amend the constitution by the end of the year and said they would continue the rally to pressure the government to resign.

Opinion: A missed opportunity as new Japanese prime minister visits neighbours but not Thailand

Thailand has been making the global headlines once again but sadly for all the wrong reasons and as the country leaps headfirst into yet another political crisis, the cost of these ongoing political wrangling has already started...

Opinion: Baby boomers can’t adapt to change because they weren’t taught to

“Hard times create strong men. Strong men create good times. Good times create weak men. And, weak men create hard times.” - G. Michael Hopf.The profundity of the quote’s simplicity is remarkable,...

Opinion: Four steps the students should push for next instead of playing a zero-sum game

On Wednesday evening, two important things happened.The prime minister made a national address and called for all sides to take a step back (even as pro-royalist government-affiliated hoodlums attacked school children in...

Opinion: The protesters are taking steps to avoid violence and provoking the state but will they listen?

Third hands and agent provocateurs exist in every conflict.They are one of the most difficult things to deal with for any peaceful demonstration and peacemaking process.However, what happened...

Thai pro-democracy protests inspire Laotian social media calls for better governance

Thailand's pro-democracy, anti-military protest has prompted solidarity and reevaluation across the region with Laotian net users becoming the latest group to use Thailand's movement as inspiration to call for local change.The hashtag...

Prayut said he will consider bringing parliament back early, defends government actions as ‘protecting the monarchy’

Prime Minister Prayut Chan-ocha said on Monday that he would support an early reconvening of parliament to help solve the current political crisis.The prime minister said his government must take steps to...

As the crackdown in Rajprasong happened, protests erupted on campuses across the country

As police were using riot shields and water cannons to crackdown on pro-democracy protesters in Bangkok on Friday, student-led protests erupted on college campuses across the country in solidarity.According to several rights...

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Government goes after former Future Forward leaders; summons them to hear sedition charges

Thailand's military-backed government has summoned the former leaders of the dissolved Future Forward Party to hear charges of sedition and other alleged...

Royalists and government responds to former PM Anand’s suggestions; say more at stake than Prayut’s rule

Royalist leaders and the government responded on Friday to former Prime Minister Anand Panyarachun's advice for calm and to address concerns of...

Nearly 5,000 THAI employees accept early retirement plan, first round to begin in December

Thai Airways International Plc (THAI) said that 4,997 employees have signed up for an early retirement program called “Mutual Separation Plan”, or...

Rising NPLs in the financial sector takes its toll on the Thai economy

By Suppakorn Araam-arunsriThe much talked about gloom and doom in the country’s financial sector may have been overstated by...