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Danish virologist defends media comments that Chatuchak could be birthplace of Covid-19

Danish virologist Thea Fischer has defended comments that she made to a Danish media outlet that the Covid-19 virus could have originated in Chatuchak Weekend Market by saying that she was misquoted and misrepresented.Following reports in the Danish...

Opinion: The awkward truth about the elephant ticket

Revelations last week by Move Forward MP Rangsiman Rome that promotions within the Thai police force were subjected to outside pressures should come as no surprise for any long time observers of Thai politics.In fact, the same thing...

Opinion: A year without a future

A year ago this week, the Future Forward Party was dissolved by the Constitutional Court. The party had exceeded electoral expectations and was poised to become a major voice for the opposition before it was silenced by the court. But even...

Opinion: In Perserverence, may we find commonality and hope

In 1968, the world was seemingly at a crossroads. Political assassinations, wars, and revolutions brought about uncertainty to an already chaotic world. In Europe, the Prague Spring took place and the hope brought about by the intellectuals in Czechoslovakia...

Shunned and Left Behind: Thai sex workers want recognition from society and the government

Whether weekend or weekday, 7 pm on Silom Road was rush hour. Office workers, tourists, and commuting families amalgamated into a perfect blend of controlled chaos. Car horns, loud conversations, and the smell of street food made sure that...

Opinion: The student protest-leaders must steer the protesters away from the path of violence

On Saturday, student protesters confronted police officers in front of the Bangkok City Shrine. Led by vocational students and the We Volunteer protest guards, the protesters hurled rocks and homemade firecrackers at the police.The police responded with batons,...

Hiding in Plain View: A relationship between a professor and a student poses difficult questions

A Thammasat University professor’s intimate relationships with his female students reveal broader problems about Thai universities. With their adjudication, Thammasat has the opportunity to set new standards for universities across Thailand.“Can I call you bunny, and you call me...

Thanathorn: The mastermind behind anything and everything

On Wednesday, hundreds of students resumed protests against the military-backed government of Prayut Chan-ocha. The students demanded reform or a rewrite of the military-drafted constitution, called for the government to step down, and most controversially, called for a repeal...

Opinion: Sexual violence is about power and portraying on screen does not serve as a ‘warning’

If one thing can be learned from the flurry of tweets under the hashtag #ข่มขืนผ่านจอพอกันที, it’s that a conversation about how Thai soap operas enable rape culture is long overdue.Scenes of sexual harassment, rape, and domestic abuse are in...

Thai netizens enraged after rape again shown on Channel 3 soap opera

The hashtag #ข่มขืนผ่านจอพอกันที (Enough with rape scenes on screen) trended on Twitter in Thailand on Tuesday with many criticizing the normalization of rape culture on Thai television.The hashtag went viral after a lakorn (Thai soap opera) Mia Jum Pen...

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