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OPINION: With the coronavirus kerfuffle, is Minister of Public Health Anutin Charnvirakul in over his head?

Anutin Charnvirakul came to power by campaigning and promising to legalize marijuana in Thailand. His Bhumjaithai party gained enough seats that he was able to lobby his way into his current position as the Minister of Public Health.To his credit Anutin has...

Plastic is precious

The government’s ban on plastic is a positive step in the right direction. Before the ban, Thailand was using over 70 billion plastic bags every single year. But can we do more? Of course we can, and there are many people...

OPINION: Thai conservatives should embrace democracy

“The Revolutionary Council’s aim,” it was proclaimed, “is to turn Thailand into a democratic state.” To achieve that goal, “mistakes of the past” must be corrected by fully revoking “the current system of democracy that has been wholly transplanted from foreign nations.” The...

OPINION: A government of “good people” – provided ‘good’ is arbitrary, subjective, and open to interpretation

It doesn’t seem so long ago that the army, under one General Prayut Chan-ocha, took power in a bloodless coup promising to stabilise a fractious country torn apart by political instability.At the time, many people even applauded the move,...

OPINION: Thailand’s government must not waver on its refugee policy

Thailand suffers from a mixed reputation when it comes to its protection of refugees and asylum seekers. While the country was once considered a safe haven for refugees fleeing armed conflict in Cambodia and Myanmar, in recent years, refugees...

Why we write

There comes a time when starting out on any venture where one has to justify the new course that has been taken. So indulge me for a second, dear reader, to explain why we at Thai Enquirer feel that there is...

Statement at the launch of Thai Enquirer

Thai Enquirer’s Editor-in-Chief Cod Satrusayang’s speech at the Foreign Correspondents' Club of Thailand on 8 January 2020.I sit before you today not as the editor of a news website, not as a journalist who has covered this region for...

The debate over conscription is not about war readiness but military perpetuation

Trump is threatening war. Ayatollah Khamenei is vowing severe revenge. Thailand seems unlikely to be affected. But amidst the worldwide spectre of doom, the Thai Twitterverse has begun taking sides over Thailand’s readiness for war – specifically, the effectiveness...

In defence of fake news

Fake news has been called everything from the death of traditional media to the scourge of liberal democracy. Its rise and proliferation has undoubtedly changed global narratives, influenced local politics and destabilised long-lasting institutions. The trail of destruction that the...

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