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Opinion: A school banned ‘abnormal’ sexualities so I filed a lawsuit

In 2015, the Thai legislative body passed the Gender Equality Act which outlaws discrimination based on sexes (including sexual orientation). The bill has garnered some criticisms due to its outdated notion of sexuality as well as its overly broad...

Opinion: Spare a thought for our friends in jail during the holidays

If we think back to the last year at Siam Square when the government deployed water cannons against high school students, we can remember the rage and fury that the entire country felt at the injustice and evil that...

Opinion: Blame the rot in Thai high society for the third wave of the pandemic

Over the course of the past few weeks, many Thais have been outraged at the conduct of the current government and its ministers.Many have blamed the third wave of the pandemic on some ministers who disregarded health and...

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...

[Update-1] Opinion: Saksayam should listen to his own government’s advice

Coalition MPs are asking for Saksayam Chidchob to show some responsibility for catching covid and initially refusing to provide his full timeline to the public.That was certainly unexpected.Not that many people would have thought that the transport minister’s lack...

Thailand’s subsidies are now the biggest threat to its fisheries

In recent weeks my newsfeeds have been abuzz with conversations, reviews and watch parties for the new Netflix documentary Seaspiracy. I have several issues with the film, notably on the distinction between commercial on small-scale fisheries, the debate on marine plastics...

CNN shows us how dated, racist, and dangerous parachute journalism is with their Myanmar report

Over the past week there has been a huge amount of controversy in the journalism community over a report by CNN and their 'Chief International Correspondent' Clarissa Ward.Ward and her team flew to Myanmar at the invitation of...

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: Seaspiracy documentary shows outdated, sensationalist view of the East

A new Netflix documentary is making waves around the world. Seaspiracy by British filmmaker Ali Tabrizi has sparked conversations about how we treat the oceans and how sustainable the supply chain for our seafood actually is.But among conservationists...

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...

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