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Opinion: Same-Sex Marriage Victory for LGBTQI in Thailand but Don’t Leave Other Marginalized Groups...

The passing of the Same-Sex Marriage Bill by the parliament earlier this week on March 27 was a historic day for not just LGBTQI people but Thailand, and hopefully the region, as the kingdom became the first nation in Southeast Asia to recognize equal marriage rights for gays, lesbians, bisexuals, transgenders, queers, intersex, and those questioning their gender or sexual orientation.
Vacharaesorn Vivacharawongse greets students during a visit to Kanchanaburi Provincial Deaf School in Kanchanaburi province on March 12, 2024.

Opinion: Vacharaesorn’s Wish to Return to Thailand Permanently Raises Many Questions

Earlier this week, Vacharaesorn Vivacharawongse, estranged son of HM the King, who grew up in the United States, told the AFP he wants to return to Thailand permanently after living there for 27 years.
Human rights activist Angkhana Neelapajit stands next to an image of her husband, Somchai Neelapaijit, a human rights lawyer who disappeared 20 years ago, in front of the Department of Special Investigation. Photo: Amnesty International Thailand

Opinion: Enforced Disappearances, Somchai Neelapajit, and the Deep Thai State

Before the panel marking 20 years since the enforced disappearance of human rights lawyer Somchai Neelapaijit at the Foreign Correspondents Club of Thailand on Monday began, I asked Somchai’s wife, Angkhana Neelapajit, whether she is still living in the same Bangkok house in which Somchai resided before he disappeared 20 years ago.
FILE - Taylor Swift arrives at the 66th annual Grammy Awards on Feb. 4, 2024, in Los Angeles. Photo: Jordan Strauss / Invision / AP File

Opinion: Taylor Swift, Singapore, Thailand, and ASEAN Neighbors: A Case Study on “Incentives”

Thanks to PM Srettha Thavisin who said last month that the Singaporean government paid two to three million dollars per show to American songstress Taylor Swift to ensure that she performs exclusively in Singapore while in Southeast Asia, the disclosure has led to lessons and debate among the neighbors of Singapore.
Protesters hold placards supporting Ukraine during a march against Russian invasion of Ukraine in Bangkok on Feb. 24, 2024. Photo: Embassy of Ukraine in the Kingdom of Thailand / Facebook.

Opinion: Thai Parochialism, and Conflicts Between Israel-Palestine, Russia-Ukraine

During the march against Russian invasion of Ukraine in Bangkok last week on Feb. 24, around six Thais joined 50 other Ukrainians and Europeans in a peace march from Lumpini Park to Benjakitti Park.
People in Nakhon Ratchasima province gather at Thao Suranari (Ya Mo) Monument to show their support for HRH Princess Sirindhorn in an event led by the province's governor Siam Sirimongkol on Feb. 16, 2024.

Opinion: An Educated Guess on How Many Thais Are Royalists

Over the past two weeks, we have seen royalists and ultra-royalists wearing purple shirt and dress, changed their social media account’s background color to purple, which is the birth color of HRH Princess Sirindhorn, to express their love and solidarity towards the Princess whose royal motorcade was recently honked at by monarchy-reform activist Tawan Tuatulanond.
Former Thai Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra, center, sits in a vehicle with his daughters Paetongtarn and Pinthongta after being released on parole Sunday, Feb. 18, 2024, in Bangkok, Thailand. Photo: Sakchai Lalit / AP

Opinion: Who is the Thai PM Now? Srettha or Thaksin?

Former inmate Thaksin Shinawatra has finally returned home after 17 years today. He was first ousted in the coup in September 2006 and subsequently faced corruption-related charges before being sentenced upon returning to Thailand late last year.
Monarchy reform activist Tawan Tuatulanond speaks to reporters after she files a complaint at Pathum Wan Police Station over the clash with a group of ultra-royalists at BTS Siam Station earlier the day on Feb. 10, 2024.

Opinion: Shut From Parliament, Monarchy Reform Issue Reopened on the Streets

Barely a week has passed since the Constitutional Court’s January-31 ruling that the Move Forward Party’s pledge to amend the controversial royal defamation law was unconstitutional when the issue of monarchy reform is back on the media front pages.
Former leader of Move Forward Party Pita Limjaroenrat arrives to listen to the live verdict at parliament in Bangkok, Thailand, Wednesday, Jan. 31, 2024. Photo: Sakchai Lalit / AP

Opinion: The Middle Path Towards Thai Monarchy Reform Is Being Shutdown

The door to have reform of the monarchy done through the parliament was shut when the Constitutional Court ruled on Wednesday that the pledge by Move Forward Party to amend the law was unconstitutional and tantamount to an attempt to subvert the political system with the King as Head of State.
Former leader of Move Forward Party Pita Limjaroenrat, center, waves to his supporters as he leaves Constitutional Court in Bangkok, Thailand, Wednesday, Jan. 24, 2024. The court ruled Wednesday that popular politician Pita, who was blocked from becoming prime minister even though his party placed first in last year’s election, did not violate the election law and can retain his seat in Parliament. Photo: Sakchai Lalit / AP

Opinion: Move Forward Party is Prepared for Its “Day Zero:” What About Its Supporters...

It is not unthinkable that the most popular political party in Thailand could be dissolved on Wednesday.


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