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Monday, March 25, 2019

Mourning the King With Respect to Our Diversity

Millions are mourning the passing of His Majesty the King, Bhumibol Adulyadej. As we transition into a new era, let’s recall mourning is about love and empathy as much as it is grief. It should not be about intolerance, coercion and excess.
Apirat Kongsompong arrives at a news conference Wednesday at the army headquarters in Bangkok.

Opinion: Understanding the Rogue Thai Army

Thailand's rogue generals are like condominium guards who have gotten used to taking control of the building now and then.
Akawutt 'Ake' Auttagorn holds a sign reading 'Liar Liar' as Suthep Thaugsuban canvasses Wednesday at Big C Ratchadamri.

Opinion: A Rude Bangkok Awakening for Suthep

It was almost sad to watch the once popular Suthep Thaugsuban marching this past week in Bangkok to ...
Premchai Karnasuta, far left, sits in the campsite where he was found on Feb. 5 with the remains of a leopard, panther and other wildlife in the Thungyai Naresuan Wildlife Sanctuary in Kanchanaburi province.

Voranai: My Brother’s Keeper

Raise your hand if you have used, know someone who has or are familiar with the following negotiation tactic: “There’s nothing we can’t work...

Who Will Cross Thailand’s Invisible DMZ?

Seeing the historic handshake between the leaders of South and North Korea, Moon Jae-in and Kim Jong-un last week, I couldn’t help but wonder...
Vorayuth 'Boss' Yoovidhya, who has evaded justice for years in the death of a Thonglor police officer, spotted in 2013 at the British Formula 1 Grand Prix in Silverstone, England, in a photo provided by XPB Images. Photo: XPB Images / Associated Press

Voranai: Do You Know Who My Daddy Is?

We have spent the past 80-plus years bouncing like a ping-pong ball between quasi-democracy and military dictatorship.
A portion of an unsourced image purportedly showing former Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra in London recently has been circulating online.

Voranai: Let the Shinawatras Be

Calls are made for extradition. Demands are made to lock'em up. But does the military junta really want them back?

Thailand’s Draconian Cyberlaws Tipping Toward Totalitarian

Amendments to the criminal code removing judicial oversight of wiretapping combined with new laws on cybercrime, cyber security and even the digital economy all suggest the Good People running the country can no longer distinguish between internal security and external threats.

Voranai: Farangs, Mind Your Own Business!

A lot of people argue that the Thais are not ready or not equipped for democracy. There may be a grain of truth in this statement. However, I would retort that I learned how to swim by my father first throwing me into the pool.
Thai Raksa Chart Party leader Preechapol Pongpanich talks to reporters Friday morning outside the Election Commission in Bangkok.

Opinion: Friday’s Political Drama Reignited Political Divisions

Between the time Ubolratana Mahidol’s candidacy was announced and effectively ended less than 14 hours later, all of Thailand was turned upside down. Tribal allegiances,...

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