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Wednesday, February 22, 2017

Thai Official Who Stole Hotel Paintings Freed by Japanese

BANGKOK — Japanese authorities on Friday freed a Thai bureaucrat who was arrested for stealing three paintings from a hotel he was staying in Kyoto, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs said.

Thailand Sans Politicians

To state that some Thais have lost faith in politicians and the democratic system is an understatement. The word “politicians” has for them become a pejorative. Unless your parents were politicians, to say you want to grow up and become one is like saying you want to become a con man or a charlatan.

Prayuth is Thailand’s Very Own ‘Bridge to Nowhere’

You’re a coup leader, a military dictator. What can you do to improve your image?

Welcome to the New Khaosod English. Don’t Worry. It’s the Same.

You might have noticed Khaosod English looks a little different than it did just a few months ago.

Rule With an Iron Fist. Lie Without Shame.

A long, long time ago, just one day after junta leader Gen. Prayuth Chan-ocha staged his May 2014 coup, I was asked by Al Jazeera TV what I thought of him.

A New Year’s Contemplation

Some will observe New Year recovering from hangovers. Their passage of time marked by the fact that all they can recall is blurry due to intoxication, alcohol or not.

The Good, Bad & Ugly of the Computer Crime Act, in Detail

After the Computer Crime Act was passed Dec. 16 by unanimous vote despite a last-minute petition of more than 300,000 opposing the law and much-hated Single Gateway program, all eyes are now on the Ministry of Digital Economy and Society, or DE Ministry, to see how it exercises its new great powers.

Where to Start 2017 Dancing in Bangkok

With 2017 around the corner, Bangkok city is preparing to welcome the new year with something for everyone. Events will go off all over town, and you’ll find something exciting to dance to in every corner of the city.

Risk Gave Us Democracy. Thailand’s Dictatorship Survives on Fear.

Today’s Riddle: Last week, more than 360,000 netizens petitioned against the junta-sponsored Computer Crime Act for fear that it will lead to greater censorship and...

Where Blockchain Breaks Free, Thailand’s PromptPay Shackles

The disconnect between the hype and reality of Thailand’s world-class bureaucracy hit new lows Friday when telecom DTAC, the new Digital Economy and Society Ministry, and our friends at The Nation hosted a talk on cryptocurrency and the blockchain revolution.

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