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General, It’s Time to Move On

When he took power by force, they cheered for him as if he was Miss Universe Thailand strutting across the stage to greet Steve Harvey. When officials and politicians were rounded up on corruption charges, they applauded him as if he was Toon Bodyslam running across the country.

Myanmar Voters Dismiss Buddhist Nationalism

By Swe Win
Myanmar Now

YANGON — In both Myanmar and abroad, the National League for Democracy’s landslide election win is seen as a victory of the people over the military and its ruling political elite.

Thailand: The Soap Opera

Ubiquitously absent from televisions during the one-month period of compulsory mourning for His Majesty King Bhumibol Adulyadej are prime-time soap operas.

Interpreting the Photos of Prayuth’s White House Visit

Like him or loath him, pictures of junta leader Gen. Prayuth Chan-ocha groundbreaking official visit to the White House earlier this week have been obsessively scrutinized by some Thais.

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.
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85 Years of Conflicted Memories Over June 24

Saturday was June 24 again. The powers that be don’t want Thais to remember the historical significance of the day. In April, the bronze plaque...

Brand NCPO, 3 Years On

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

Gimme a Break: Taxpayers Face Tough Choice Between Inheritance or Profits

The number of new companies has increased by 20 percent over the same period last year, according to the Commerce Ministry, a fact it...

Mirror on the Wall, Is Everything Awesome, After All?

What is it with those Thais who can’t bear any criticism of their own society by fellow Thais? Why are these people so fickle and fragile? Take the recent case of a teen singer’s critical tweets which provoked a thousand national backlashes.

From Alien Workers to Workers from Neighboring Countries

It was chaos, confusion and pain for millions of migrant workers from neighboring countries, chiefly Myanmar, after much harsher penalties under the new Decree on Managing the Work of Aliens – passed by the junta-appointed rubber-stamp parliament – came to effect on June 23 with fines ranging 400,000 to 800,000 bahts.

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