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Miss Thailand Universe criticisms prompts debate over unfair beauty standards

A social media debate raged on Thai Twitter this past weekend and continued on Monday morning following the results of the Miss Thailand Universe Pageant.While many were complimentary of the newly crowned winner Anchilee Scott-Kemmis, others criticized her...

Opinion: Thai pro-institution LGBTQ community must confront hurdles to achieve marriage equality

Now that the Constitutional Court has shelved the LGBTQ marriage equality ruling until December, giving no reason, it is time for all sides in Thailand’s political debates, notably the pro-institution LGBTQ community, to unify and fight for same-sex marriage...

Opinion: Soft power requires free thought, free expression

Much has been made over the last month in Thailand about Lisa Blackpink's costumes and allusions to her country of birth in her debut single 'Lalisa.'Everyone from the prime minister to the internet cafe dwellers had something to...

Russell Crowe visits Thailand sparking joy; thoughtful reflections from Thai netizens

Hollywood actor and aspiring rock star Russell Crowe is making waves on Thai social media as the first major celebrity to visit the country after two years of pandemic blues.Crowe, who is in town to shoot The Greatest...

Opinion: COVID-19 is widening the rifts between Thailand’s social classes

I recently had an argument with the juristic office at my condo building. Long story short, they wanted my cleaning lady to present them with a negative COVID test result every time she comes in. She comes in twice...

Opinion: Thailand’s Disney+ misgendering controversy points to limitation of language

Not everyone identifies as male or female. As views on gender evolve and people find their voice, those whose identities do not fit into a rigid female/male categorization have begun to find their voice and tell their stories.For...

Opinion: The government can no longer rewrite history in the internet age

Moving monuments, stealing plaques, banning books, and redacting facts from history books; these are just some of the dirty tactics that military governments have used to try and erase the people’s fights for democracy in this country.  It has...

Opinion: A greater Mekong alliance is necessary for the region to prosper

The formation of AUKUS, a defense pact between Australia, the United Kingdom, and the United States made headlines around the world in September. After a decade of Chinese military escalation in the South China Sea, this new pact was...

Opinion: Deputy education minister going after children’s book latest sign of lack of intellectual capital

The times may be changing but some dinosaurs do not want to go extinct. And this cornered animal is doing everything it can to stay alive - using every tool at its disposal.Case in point: The latest idiotic...

Opinion: Dear Government, you don’t know what’s best for me, so butt out

Dear Government, you don’t know what’s best for meSo stop trying to tell me what is “good” or “bad” because that is not your place nor is it your responsibility to do so.The Thai government led by the incompetent-military-only-good-at-taking-orders...

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