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Opinion: The tampon tax is why we need more women representation in parliament

Since last week, Thai twitter has been abuzz with the hashtag  #ผ้าอนามัยปลอดภาษี (#taxfreepads) over an announcement in the Royal Gazette that tampons are classified as cosmetics, therefore potentially subjecting it to the luxury tax of up to 40 percent. The...

Opinion: Is Thailand’s new political awakening coming too late?

Prayut’s announcement on June 16 that he would reopen the country within 120 days was subjected to much ridicule and skepticism.Not only was the target highly unrealistic, with rising infection numbers and the country unable to secure the...

Opinion: Prayut and his ministers have brought this country to its lowest point

These images should make you mad. They should make you upset, they should make you angry, and they should make you want to take action because the time for inaction is over.Last night, local media showed scenes of people...

Opinion: Crackdown shows this government can work efficiently; just not to help the people

On Sunday, Thai police, the Bangkok government, and the national government coordinated a well-planned, organized response to anti-government protests.The communication from both police and the BMA were clear in what was expected, what areas to avoid for the...

Opinion: Government’s misplaced priorities has Thailand firmly back in the third world

This second round of lockdown has seen some of the most heart-breaking consequences of failed government policy, doubly so as all of this could have been avoided.From a country that once praised itself for being able to contain...

Opinion: Dear Mr Prayut, it is time for you to resign

Dear Prime Minister Prayut Chan-ocha,I am writing to you to ask that you resign and do what is best for the country. You have been in power now for seven long years and have professed to love this...

Opinion: A nation of heartbreak

Thailand saw its highest ever number of local infections and highest death toll on Thursday. The country is fast transitioning into a place that none of us are familiar with, with desperation creeping around every corner.Our colleagues at...

Opinion: Thailand’s volunteerism is wonderful and it needs to end

This week, a volunteer firefighter lost his life battling the flames at a massive plastic factory fire.He was one of many volunteers that showed up to fight the fire that day. It is a proud tradition in Thailand for...

Opinion: The new Chinese dynasty and the coming conflict

Last Thursday, the Communist Party of China celebrated its 100th anniversary, a truly remarkable achievement. The CCP has survived a bloody civil war, a world war, and the Cold War.But what has kept the Communist Party alive? Experts...

Thailand’s Rainbow Capitalism is all sizzle and no steak when it comes to supporting LGBTQ rights

Pride month may be over but many challenges remain for the LGBTQ+ community in Thailand. Among the biggest challenges are sorting allies from opportunists, especially corporations eager to capitalize on the growing LGBTQ+ market without actually taking meaningful steps...

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