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Tuesday, June 18, 2019

Interpreting Prayuth’s Cardboard Doppelganger

People naturally interpreted differently what they saw in Prayuth's antics Monday at the Government House depending on their worldviews and biases.

Battle for Collective Political Memory Rages On

May is a loaded month for Thai politics. In 1992, from May 17 to 20, hundreds of thousands rose up against military dictator Suchinda Kraprayoon, who made himself prime minister, to demand the country be led by one elected by the people. Fifty-two people mostly drawn from the middle class, according to the official account, were mowed down and hundreds others injured, mostly by military gunfire. Suchinda granted himself immunity before resigning.

Op-Ed: Girls, Women Still Being Hurt Across the World

Across the world, violence against women and girls remains one of the most serious — and the most tolerated — human rights violations, both a cause and a consequence of gender inequality and discrimination.

Songkran Road Deaths Tied to Bangkok's Primacy

By Pravit Rojanaphruk
Senior Staff Writer
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.
Gen. Prayuth Chan-ocha with members of his cabinet July 24 in Ubon Ratchathani province.

We’re All to Blame When Freedom Slips Away

We can't just blame Prayuth and the junta for declining freedom of expression. As long as the press and public don’t value their freedom, it's difficult to keep it.
Anti-government protesters on Dec. 9, 2013, in Bangkok. Image: Todd Ruiz

Voranai: Take Charge of Our Own Destiny

The generations that have run Thailand for decades are fading away.

The Funny Dictator is Funny

In a military-ruled society where junta leaders preach a gospel of anti-corruption, hearing its army chief tell the media and designated graft-busters they shouldn’t...

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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