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Opinion: Are Thais living in an alternative Nazi-inspired universe? After last night, maybe

I was in the newsroom when police arrested Parit "Penguin" Chiwarak in the middle of the night, put him in an unmarked van, and sent him to a police station in the suburbs for processing.There was no press...

Opinion: A Policeman murders drug dealer on tape, why aren’t we more shocked?

We have all seen the video by now. A senior police officer choking the life out of a alleged drug dealer to demand a bribe.The video has gone viral, the police officer in question is being stripped of...

Why 21st century nation-building may be beyond America’s capability

'Our mission in Afghanistan was never supposed to have been nation-building.  It was never supposed to be creating a unified, centralized democracy.' - President Biden, August 16.Less than a year after the Intra-Afghan peace talk that took place...

Opinion: Prayut thinks you, yes you, are too stupid to notice

The Prayut Chan-ocha administration thinks you are stupid. Let me rephrase that. The Prayut administration thinks that all Thai people are stupid.That is why they don't think that you would notice when they snuck their amnesty clause into...

Opinion: We don’t condone the violence but we understand it

Thailand's conservative social media is abuzz with contrived shock and faux outrage over the violence occurring almost weekly between pro-democracy protesters and the country's security forces.In the last 3 protests, rubber bullets, water cannons, and batons have become...

Opinion: A fragile moment in our national history

This year, Thailand was given a score of 70.9 in the latest Fragile States Index, a ranking that seeks to measure a state’s vulnerability to collapse. The score placed Thailand 82nd out of 178 countries — a middling score,...

Opinion: The information decree is the latest sign that this administration is crumbling

The decree passed by the government on Thursday night was not the move of a popular government or even a powerful one.The decree, which aims to curtail the spread of information that could jeopardize national security or incite...

Opinion: Prayut’s new ‘fake news’ decree will have dire consequences for free expression, media freedom

Thai Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha ordered state agencies and departments to “take action against individuals spreading fake news about COVID-19, which might cause public confusion during the pandemic.” The government claims that the harsh edict came in response to social media rumors...

Opinion: Khun Prayut, you’ve broken every promise and failed your people

Look at the image at the top of this page. That is Thailand now. That encapsulates everything that needs to be said about our country right now.There is a healthcare worker, in full PPE gear, sitting by the...

Opinion: How long will the spontaneous boycott of Foodpanda in Thailand last?

Foodpanda, a major food delivery service in Thailand recently faced a backlash and a spontaneous boycott from pro-democracy protesters after it tweeted from its official account that an anti-government demonstrator was committing an act of “terrorism”, after a man...

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