Commentary

The cost of opposing mines in Thailand’s rural heartland

The villagers stood six feet apart as they read their declarations, holding up signs that read ‘Lockdown Mining’ and ‘Save Community Rights.’ Some bore flags or coordinated green T-shirts with emblazoned with the image of a tree....

Opinion: BMA continuing market shutdown, hurting small vendors already affected by Covid-19

The best photo to describe the helplessness of Thais left behind was taken last weekend. The photo, which was posted by Facebook user Aom Arseeyeh, was used by local news to report on an...

Tik-Tok’s alternate democracy does not play by Thai celebrity culture rules

Social media is far from democratic.Although you can find such mythical encounters as a bat lover schooling Pope Francis on Twitter, it is generally observed that the rich and the famous have...

Opinion: Thailand relaxing its student haircut rule is a victory on the road to individualism

In a victory for Thai students everywhere, new regulations governing hair growth for students was published in the Royal Gazette on May 1 meaning that both male and female students can now grow their hair long.

Opinion: The government is creating an income barrier for its aid, leaving behind the poorest and most vulnerable

A couple of days ago, my mother, told me that she had registered to receive a survival bag (ถุงยังชีพ) from the government.After a few days, the bag arrived at my home. The...

Opinion: Dear Climate Scientists, What do we do?

Dear scientists, lobbyists, activists, environmentalists, and the girl with “Tree Hugger since 1997” on her Instagram bio,Thanks to all the research you publish and nature conservation you advocate for, I now know that...

Opinion: Sexual violence is our shame and it can no longer be tolerated

Earlier last week, disturbing footage of a school director in Petchabun molesting an underaged female student made headlines throughout the country.The case sparked an outcry in the online community, enraging thousands of...

A plea from a Thai citizen stranded in the United States

In movies, when tragedy strikes Western cities, I would think to myself, “Well, I would make sure to ask the Thai consulate get me out of here. I’m so thankful for my Thai passport.” 

In the absence of state support, the poor help the poor

It’s a revolutionary vision for community support. The fishermen of Rawai, Phuket were unable to sell their fish after the closure of Phuket island. Now, they’ve started exchanging their fish for rice from Karen communities in the North. The “Rice...

Donation culture in Thailand is self-serving, something Prayut should learn before approaching the richest 20

Prime Minister Prayut Chan-ocha said on Friday that he would approach the 20 richest Thai families to ask for their assistance in fighting the coronavirus outbreak.“The government alone cannot answer all the...

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