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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...

A Swift defense of concerts

This past month has been big for music, both internationally and in Thailand. Last weekend, Bangkok saw Coldplay perform; and internationally the 66th Annual Grammy Awards took place. This weekend, Ed Sheeran came to town, and just two days...

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...

Microcosm of Everything Wrong

The Thai Education Minister’s meeting with the North Korean Ambassador is a microcosm of everything wrong with the Thai educational system.Last month, the Thai Minister of Education, Police General Permpoon Chidchob, met with Ambassador Kim Je Bong of North...

Move Forward Stands at the Brink of Dissolution

Political tensions in Thailand have escalated following a court ruling that could potentially lead to the dissolution of the Move Forward Party over charges stemming from its campaign to amend the country's lèse majesté law.Political uncertainty in Thailand has...

Bangchak Corporation’s Bai Mai Pun Suk Foundation Earns Environmental Recognition for Pioneering Low-Carbon Initiatives and Circular Economy Projects

Bangchak Corporation's Bai Mai Pun Suk Foundation (Leaf For Happiness Foundation) has been recognized as a "LESS: Low Emission Support Scheme" by the Thailand Carbon Neutral Network.The certificate was obtained through a campaign encouraging various stakeholders, including employees, customers,...

Thailand is not an homogenous ethno-state and that’s a good thing

The recent parliamentary debate in Thailand has brought to light the rich tapestry of ethnic diversity that constitutes the nation, challenging the claim that there is only one tribe in Thailand. This nation's identity is far from monolithic; it...

Government’s IUU reversal is shortsighted and misguided

The debate over amendments to the Fisheries Act has cast a long shadow over the future of Thailand’s fisheries sector, a critical component of the nation’s economy and environmental health. At the heart of the controversy is the government’s...

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