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Voranai: A Song of Rice and Fire

About a week ago, CLSA Thailand organized a panel talk called ASEAN Forum 2018. On the panel were three smiling men in dark suits. They were Anuthin Charnvirakul of Bhumjaitai Party, Abhisit Vejjajiva of the Democrat Party and Chaturon Chaisang of Puea Thai Party. I wasn’t at the talk, but I saw the photo on a Facebook feed.

China's New Normal and America’s Old Habits

By Stephen S. Roach

The Death of Yuwadee and Rise of Sing-Along Journalism

The death of Thailand’s longest-serving government reporter was a loss to Thai journalism and a reminder of the challenges ahead.

Will Thailand Choke on the Tailpipe of Bangkok’s Eco-Hubris?

While the Bangkok elite talks about how green it will be with a shiny new Tesla or BMW i3 EV, are they actually saving the planet? Thailand’s mid-20th century energy mix – namely fossil fuels such as coal – could mean the green brigade’s misguided idealism will make things worse.

Brand NCPO, 3 Years On

If the military junta which staged the coup in May 2014 was a brand, what kind would it be?

Opinion: Prayuth Returns as Only Viable Anti-Thaksin Candidate

Former Princess Ubolratana Mahidol’s short-lived bid to become prime minister – which ended when a royal command opposing her candidacy was issued Feb. 8...

Trump’s Emotional Intelligence Deficit

CAMBRIDGE, Massachusetts – Last month, 50 former national security officials who had served at high levels in Republican administrations from Richard Nixon to George W. Bush published a letter saying they would not vote for their party’s presidential nominee, Donald Trump. In their words, “a President must be disciplined, control emotions, and act only after reflection and careful deliberation.” Simply put, “Trump lacks the temperament to be President.”

The Koh Tao Verdict and Myanmar Migrant Worker Misery

YANGON —The death sentences handed down to two Myanmar migrant workers by a Thai court on Christmas Eve ignited widespread condemnation in Myanmar.

Unable to Confront Present or Examine Past Means What Future for Thailand?

It was painful watching famed social critic struggle Sulak Sivaraksa walk haltingly with his cane. More painful was seeing the 84-year-old man, wracked by...

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