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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...

Sex, Death and Preaw: Unwinding the ‘Murder Babes’ Phenomenon

Sexy girls, drugs and a gruesome murder – a potent cocktail for tabloid media. The murder of 22-year-old Warissara Klinjui, whose dismembered body was cut in two and found last month on May 25, was the stuff of a horror movie.

Sometimes, I Wish Thailand Could Be Simpler …

Sometimes, I wish that understanding and describing a society like Thailand could be simpler, without complexity, tension and contradictions. Like a coin with just one side.
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 ...
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.

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.
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Yet Another Sad Propaganda Ballad for Juntaland

Music nurtures the soul, except when it's pathetic propaganda.
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...
Photo: Ben Bartee

Bangkok’s Class Divisions: An Outsider’s Opinion

Some landscapes paint a more graphic depiction of poverty than others. Such is the case in Bangkok.

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...

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