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Sunday, June 24, 2018

The Corruption and Excesses of Thai Buddhism

The latest temple fund embezzlement probes which have seen four senior monks arrested and one taking flight highlights anew the problem with Thai Buddhism.

Pro-Election Protesters Arrested. But Were They Defeated?

The pro-election anti-junta protest marking the fourth anniversary of the coup appears doomed from the beginning.

Questions For the Coup Enablers

Tuesday will begin a fifth year under military rule for Thailand. There are many aspects to contemplate, but one worth reflecting deeply and honestly upon are the people who opposed Yingluck Shinawatra and Thaksin Shinawatra.

Thai Law: Landlord Not Playing By New Rules? Here’s What to Do.

Two weeks after new consumer protections came into effect, few landlords are abiding by them. Should you roll over and give up? No, you should not.

The Military Junta as a Political Party

Gen. Prayuth Chan-ocha denied his visit to Buriram province this week was a political move to woo voters and lure local politicians for the promised general elections where he is expected to make a bid to return as prime minister.
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Opinion: When in Rome (Or Bangkok) – Dress the Part

Unaware of the stares, dismissive disregard and derogatory remarks, one wonders why welcoming arms suddenly don’t feel so open.
Mahathir Mohamad speats at a news conference May 10 in Kuala Lumpur. Photo: Associated Press

Mahathir’s Win Opens New Avenue to Peace in Deep South

Less than a day after the victory was announced, there are already talks of what changes will be brought about by the Mahathir administration, including the peace process in Thailand’s southern border provinces.

Who Will Cross Thailand’s Invisible DMZ?

Seeing the historic handshake between the leaders of South and North Korea, Moon Jae-in and Kim Jong-un last week, I couldn’t help but wonder...
An image showing a construction of residences on Doi Suthep in Chiang Mai province. Photo: Yahya Mankong / Facebook

Voranai: The Spoils of Siam

Last week, I was doing my routine run at my usual track. Afterwards, sinking into a chair, sweat drenching from every pore, I overheard a group of elderly puu yai gentlemen talking nearby. These were businessmen, captains of industries, and they were complaining about corruption that oozes out from everywhere, just as the sweat from my every pore. I’ve been running here for the past 20 years, and I’ve heard the same complaint over and over. No matter which political party was in charge, and now with the military government. So, if governments change, why does corruption remain? There’s a number of reasons for this, one of which is the constant that remains despite the parade of different governments: the bureaucrats (kah-racha-karn), the nucleus in the day-to-day management of Thailand.

Homeless, Not Heartless

April 11 saw the untimely death of a prominent advocate for the homeless and the dispossessed, a great loss to those communities and those who care about the less fortunate.

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