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Apirat Kongsompong arrives at a news conference Wednesday at the army headquarters in Bangkok.

Opinion: Understanding the Rogue Thai Army

Thailand's rogue generals are like condominium guards who have gotten used to taking control of the building now and then.
A pro-election demonstrator holds up a sign in 2014 at a polling station in Bangkok.

The Thai General Elections: A Catch 22

The much anticipated general elections – slated for February are generating considerable relief, but also doubt about how free and fair they may be. To...
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Time to Improve the Thai Tourism Experience

The physical assault against a Chinese tourist by a security guard Sunday in Bangkok’s Don Mueang Airport, was a reminder on how service-minded attitude...

Social Media is Prayuth’s Empty Mirror (Opinion)

If Thailand’s junta is truly sincere in its twisted claim that it is working hard toward democratizing Thailand, its ban on campaigning online should be lifted immediately.

Opinion: Named and Shamed, Thailand Locked in Deep Denial

Juntaland earned another ignoble distinction last week when the United Nations named Thailand among 38 “shameful” nations that carry out reprisals or intimidate ...
Black T-shirts with red-and-white emblem reportedly purchased by two women taken into custody. Image: Thai Lawyer for Human Rights.

Opinion: Thai Federation and the Limits of Free Expression

The crackdown on alleged Thai Federation supporters during the past week can claim one immediate success: raising the fringe group to public attention.
Celebs sit for a photo op with junta leader and Prime Minister Gen. Prayuth Chan-ocha to promote one of his government television programs. From back left, they are Jaron 'Top' Sorat, Mayura 'Tuk' Sawetsila, Namthip 'Bee' Jongrachatawiboo, Thanaphad 'Film' Kawila. At front from the left are Cherprang Areekul, Prayuth and Nittha 'Mew' Jirayungyurn.

Actors Enlisted to Support Thai Junta in Another Act

In its latest bid to appear popular – or at least less unpopular – the ruling junta this week enlisted a handful of A-listers...

Thailand’s China Syndrome

It is impossible to overlook the growing influence of China in Thailand. Durian prices have surged in recent years due to soaring Chinese demand. Chinese...
Gen. Prayuth at the ASEAN summit in 2014 in Myanmar.

Can ASEAN Netizens Guarantee Greater Freedom of Expression?

As ASEAN celebrates its 51st anniversary this month, I wonder whether freedom of expression and press freedom can become part of its values. Looking around,...

Gen. Prayuth: Respect is Earned, Not Coerced (Opinion)

Junta leader Gen. Prayuth Chan-ocha is climbing his way up Maslow’s pyramid, or so it seems. Four years after illegitimately seizing power and attaining...

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