Current Affairs

Opinion: How did we let Thailand become a country with no hope?

The concept of Gross National Happiness is well known, as a fun fact that has become a staple of introductory economics classes.“Gross National Happiness,” the former king of Bhutan had once declared, “is more important than Gross Domestic...

More bail would mean less Covid in prisons, opposition says

Allowing more non-violent and pre-trial prisoners out on bail would reduce overcrowding and help contain the recent surge of Covid contagion in the country’s prisons, opposition MPs said Friday.Overcrowding in prisons was already known to increase the spread of...

Government Housing Bank adds two further Covid-relief measures

The Government Housing Bank (GHB) granted two additional measures Friday to help customers amid the latest Covid-19 crisis.GHB’s board of directors has agreed to introduce more campaigns to alleviate customers in groups affected by the current outbreak following the...

Opinion: Thailand has become a country for the few, without functioning institutions

People are losing confidence in the government of General Prayut Chan-ocha because of their continued mismanagement, corruption, and repression.They are losing their faith in the justice system which has propped up this regime - a heartless system that would...

Shrinking space for Thai human rights defenders is beyond the point of crisis

The treatment of Parit “Penguin” Chiwarak—and up until yesterday, Panusaya “Rung” Sithijirawattanakul—along with five others in pre-trial detention for violating Thailand’s draconian lèse majesté law, has raised alarms among human rights groups, partially because Penguin is in deteriorating health due to...

Opinion: Thailand has reached a crossroad, which path will we take?

Thailand is at a crossroads. We have come to that point in every nation's history where the decisions of today have massive ramifications for tomorrow.The United States came to that crossroads in 1776 when they decided to revolt...

Efficacy rates of different Covid vaccines “incomparable” says top virologist

The efficacy rates for various Covid-19 vaccines cannot be usefully compared as each was tested and studied under different circumstances and different times, Thailand’s leading virologist said Thursday, encouraging people not to hold off and to get whatever vaccine...

Government still mulling Pacific free trade agreement amid public backlash

The cabinet is still considering its next steps over whether or not to join the Comprehensive and Progressive Agreement for Trans-Pacific Partnership (CPTPP), the government said Thursday, amid increasing calls online to back out of the deal.“During the cabinet...

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