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Opinion: Why There May or May Not Be Another Coup Soon

Nearly seven years have passed since Gen Prayut Chan-ocha was repeatedly pressed by a throng of reporters as to whether there would be a military coup.

Opinion: Deciphering the Thai Phakdee Royalist Group

BANGKOK — Last Sunday, royalists finally formed a new group. They held a counter-protest in Bangkok in a bid to oppose anti-government protesters demanding not just new elections, new charter but reforms of the monarchy institution.

Opinion: The Irony of a Facebook Group Critical of the Monarchy

That the Thai government’s initiative to pressure Facebook to geo-block a Facebook group critical of the monarchy in Thailand has backfired big time is for all to see.

Opinion: The Personal Price of Resistance in Thailand

When I covered a recent protest at Mahidol University, I kept looking for a well known anti-government student leader for an interview, but he was nowhere to be found.

Note: Removal of a Photo of a Student Protester

Khaosod English recently removed a photo depicting a student protest at school in Bangkok following complaints from the student activist seen in the image.

Opinion: 2 Parallel Thailands are Headed For a Collision

Less than 24 hours after Prime Minister Gen Prayut Chan-ocha told the country not to perceive anti-government protesters as enemies, Parit “Penguin” Chiwarak, a prominent student activist was arrested for sedition and nine other charges.

Opinion: Student Protest Leaders Lack a Coherent Strategy

For a majority of Thai and international observers, the recent development with the student protests in Thailand is a fascinating and refreshing phenomenon. Political protests since the 2014 military coup had been tragic, as they could only attract tens if not dozen demonstrators.

Opinion: When the Army Turns Disagreement Into Incurable Disease

Having nothing better to do, Royal Thai Army commander Gen. Apirat Kongsompong elevated a troubling political discourse to a more dangerous level on Wednesday.

Opinion: Security Law Protects Hong Kong’s Stability, Prosperity

On the eve of the 23rd anniversary of Hong Kong's return to the motherland, the Standing Committee of the National People's Congress of China unanimously passed the law of the People's Republic of China on Safeguarding National Security in the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region (HKSAR) and promulgated it for implementation.

Opinion: Hong Kong Security Law is a Threat to Democracy

The Standing Committee of the National People’s Congress of the People’s Republic of China unanimously passed the Law of the People’s Republic of China on Safeguarding National Security in the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region on June 30, 2020. The law took effect that evening.

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