Current Affairs

Growing Thailand’s “Gross National Cool”

Of the policies that the various political parties campaigned on during the 2023 general election in Thailand, one that especially raised my eyebrow was Pheu Thai’s “One Family, One Soft Power” policy. It described a proposal where at least...

Thaksin is free, can we finally move on?

Thailand's political landscape has long been dominated by the saga of Thaksin Shinawatra, a figure who polarizes opinion like few others in the nation's recent history. With his recent release on parole and return to his mansion in Bangkok,...

Thailand should open its door to young Myanmar refugees

In a recent, unsettling development, Myanmar’s military junta announced the imposition of compulsory military service for all young men and women, a drastic measure that threatens to further destabilize an already volatile region. This decision, mandating service for men...

Journalism, criminality, and Thailand’s troubling history

In recent years, Thailand has faced significant scrutiny over its treatment of journalists and media freedom, a concern that has been highlighted by several high-profile cases. The arrest of Natthaphon Meksophon from Prachatai and a freelance photographer for their...

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