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Chiang Mai and Bangkok Show Solidarity With Women’s March

BANGKOK — Activists in Thailand who joined global protests against U.S. President Donald Trump over the weekend said Monday they hope more such events follow in the future.

Denied Bail for 5th Time, Activist ‘Pai Dao Din’ Gives Up

KHON KAEN — After trying and failing to secure his freedom for a fifth time, jailed activist Jatupat “Pai” Boonpattararaksa said Friday he will no longer ask the court to free him on bail.

Tiny, Faded Marker Looms Large Over Thailand’s Democracy Debate

BANGKOK — Just a few days into the new year, Chotisak Onsoong was relieved to learn one of the nation’s most important – if inglorious – symbols of democracy was still intact despite a call for its destruction.

Reconciliation Sounds Good, Thai Politicos Say, But What Does it Mean?

BANGKOK — Pledging to solve the decade-long political divide once and for all, the junta earlier this week announced its latest drive for “national reconciliation,” though how much support it will get from contending factions remains to be seen.

Death of Separatist Leader Prompts Hope, Fear For Peace Prospects

BANGKOK — The death of the leader of a major southern separatist movement could fall either way for ongoing negotiations between Bangkok and the rebels, according to experts involved in the peace effort.

Human Rights Watch Reports Junta’s Continued Repression

BANGKOK — The latest annual report on the state of human rights around the world by Human Rights Watch accuses Thailand’s military regime of increased repression.

Trigger Happy: Thai Children Get Hands on Tanks, Jets, Guns for Children’s Day (Photos)

BANGKOK — Guarding his M60A3 tank with pride and a sense of mission is Master Sgt. 1st Class Techasit Yoophagdee.

NLA Amends Interim Charter to Change Constitution

BANGKOK — The junta-appointed legislature unanimously approved amendments Friday to the 2014 interim charter to allow rewriting parts of the new constitution already passed by the people.

Rao Tum Dai: Thai Could Be World’s New English, Prayuth Says

BANGKOK — Thai could supersede English as the dominant world language – at least in the opinion of junta chairman Prayuth Chan-ocha.

Cavity Searches and Pending Graduation Worry Jatupat Friends

BANGKOK — Friends of jailed pro-democracy activist Jatupat “Pai” Boonpattaraksa are stepping up their campaign to see him freed on bail.

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