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Vice tried to alter history with photoshopped Khmer Rouge victim photos

Altered Khmer Rouge victim photos were falsifying history I didn’t think too much of it at first when I first opened Vice’s article on the victims of the Khmer Rouge genocide. The article covered a project by Matt Loughrey, an Irish...

Opinion: Is there appetite for a Red/Yellow alliance in 2021?

On Sunday, former red-shirt leader Jatuporn Prompan and his followers rallied in Bangkok against the government of Prayut Chan-ocha. Eleven years after he led the red shirts to a climatic confrontation on the streets of Bangkok, the charismatic leader...

Opinion: A Thai reflection on the rise in Asian-American hate crimes

Last May, Thai-American actor James Tang tweeted, “My mom said we should speak Thai in public so we don’t get targeted for speaking Mandarin.”Oh, such motherly innocence!“I think it’s so sweet that she’s nice enough to believe...

Opinion: The Thai conservative rhetoric on Myanmar refugees has been eye opening

Over the last five days, the Myanmar junta has launched military offensive in ethnic regions and against ethnic militias. The operations has caused a humanitarian crisis with refugees fleeing the violence and coming into Thailand.Thailand's government has had...

Opinion: Universities must also become an outlet for students voices

This week, faculty at Chiang Mai University seized the artwork of several students for their political nature setting off a national firestorm about the nature of art and the rights of students to express themselves.The students had created...

Tom Yum Goong, Thainess, and the culinary history of a national staple

This past Tuesday, the cabinet gave the green light for the Ministry of Culture to move forward with proposing “tom yum goong” as a UNESCO Intangible Cultural Heritage (ICH) recognized dish, according to the Minister of Culture Ittiphol Khunpluem.The...

Opinion: Innovation is key to solving Thailand’s problems but a mindset change is needed first

At the turn of the 19th century, the major problem facing cities across the United States and Europe was manure. As horses were the main means of transportations for most people at the time, there was a large build...

Siamese Satirist: Pakistanis and Gulf emigres question stop anti-asian violence campaigns

Emigres from Pakistan and the Arabian Gulf that have settled in the United States are puzzled by an ongoing, viral campaign to stop "hate against Asian" that has been ongoing for the past few weeks.As Asians that have...

Opinion: REDEM or UFTD, the outside world just sees violent protesters

In one of his older songs, Takeover, Jay-Z once wisely opined, “A wise man told me don't argue with fools. Cause people from a distance can't tell who is who.”Jay-Z could be paraphrasing famous American satirist Mark Twain who...

Voices of solidarity from Myanmar after crackdown in Bangkok

Despite the ongoing and bloody crackdown against Myanmar protesters by the military junta, the people of Myanmar took time over the last 48 hours to express solidarity with their Thai counterparts.Thai security forces violently crack-downed on a pro-democracy...

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