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When Farangs Go Native

What may start as an endearing and commendable effort – learning some language, meeting some social expectations – can become annoying to the very natives whose approval is sought. Behind one’s back, the whispers begin: You’ve gone native.

The Price of a Woman, Thailand Edition

“All women are whores, except my mother … but then again, she is a woman too,” goes an apocryphal quote alternately attributed to Napoleon...

Net Censorship Undermines Opportunities of ‘Thailand 4.0’

ith the threat of a single gateway still looming over the heads of netizens, the recent dust-up over limiting access to Facebook content deemed inappropriate by the government, a future internet chock-full of stringent government controls still seems an inevitable reality.

Opinion: Unmistakable Message to Thailand Surfaces in Mekong

Now that police have confirmed through DNA the identities of at least two Thais murdered and mutilated horrendously, I wonder what ...

Editorial: Prayuth’s PM Victory is a Sham

Last night’s vote, which secured junta chairman Prayuth Chan-ocha another term in office, proved the process was rigged from the start.

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.

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.

Opinion: The Double Denial of Sex Work in Thailand

Emboldened by new police protocols mandating more humane treatment of sex workers during arrests, activists on Thursday announced their next goal – decriminalizing sex work.

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 ...

Thais, Passports and Struggles at Immigration

Imagine the scene. An overweight and intimidating-looking LAX officer painfully scrutinizes the papers handed over by the tiny Asian lady. Glancing up, he matches the face to the passport. Looking down, he checks his screen’s blacklist.

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