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Wednesday, February 20, 2019
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.
Celebs sit for a photo op with junta leader and Prime Minister Gen. Prayuth Chan-ocha to promote one of his government television programs. From back left, they are Jaron 'Top' Sorat, Mayura 'Tuk' Sawetsila, Namthip 'Bee' Jongrachatawiboo, Thanaphad 'Film' Kawila. At front from the left are Cherprang Areekul, Prayuth and Nittha 'Mew' Jirayungyurn.

Actors Enlisted to Support Thai Junta in Another Act

In its latest bid to appear popular – or at least less unpopular – the ruling junta this week enlisted a handful of A-listers...

Thailand’s China Syndrome

It is impossible to overlook the growing influence of China in Thailand. Durian prices have surged in recent years due to soaring Chinese demand. Chinese...
Gen. Prayuth at the ASEAN summit in 2014 in Myanmar.

Can ASEAN Netizens Guarantee Greater Freedom of Expression?

As ASEAN celebrates its 51st anniversary this month, I wonder whether freedom of expression and press freedom can become part of its values. Looking around,...

Gen. Prayuth: Respect is Earned, Not Coerced (Opinion)

Junta leader Gen. Prayuth Chan-ocha is climbing his way up Maslow’s pyramid, or so it seems. Four years after illegitimately seizing power and attaining...
US Ambassador to Thailand Glyn T. Davies, left, and Minister of Foreign Affairs Don Pramudwinai speak to reporters in a 2016 news conference at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. Photo: Matichon

A Farewell to Western Envoys in Bangkok

At a recent farewell reception for Peter Prugel, the German ambassador to Thailand, a prominent international human rights activist who was in town from...
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.

The Efficacy of Demanding Justice by Committing Suicide

What measure of disappointment and desperation would make a man jump to his death in a bid to call for justice? That’s what happened Monday...
Junta chairman Prayuth Chan-ocha (front) in an undated photo.

Time to Leave the Military Dictatorship Cave?

The much-reported Luang cave rescue saga in Chiang Rai has proven too tempting not to try a political analogy, comparing Thailand under military junta...
People celebrate Tuesday after divers evacuate some of the 12 boys and their coach trapped at Tham Luang cave in the Mae Sai district of Chiang Rai province. Photo: Sakchai Lalit / Associated Press

Thailand Needs Another Miracle to Complete Cave Rescue

Thank you, all of you. You have shown how concern for fellow human beings transcends creed and race.





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