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The Price of a Woman, Thailand Edition

“All women are whores, except my mother … but then again, she is a woman too,” goes an apocryphal quote alternately attributed to Napoleon...
In this undated image, two women approach a passerby in Bangkok's Soi Cowboy. Image: Bangkok 112 / YouTube

Legalizing Thailand’s Sex Industry Unfathomable

Last month’s recommendations by a UN body promoting gender equality to Thailand to stop prosecutions of female sex workers and violent raids of entertainment venues have got me thinking further about the issue.
Original images: My Mate Nate / YouTube, Matt Dodd / Flickr, Christy Gibson / Instagram, Em Brain Dead Tattoo / Facebook

When Farangs Go Native

What may start as an endearing and commendable effort – learning some language, meeting some social expectations – can become annoying to the very natives whose approval is sought. Behind one’s back, the whispers begin: You’ve gone native.

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: Unmistakable Message to Thailand Surfaces in Mekong

Now that police have confirmed through DNA the identities of at least two Thais murdered and mutilated horrendously, I wonder what ...

Opinion: The Double Denial of Sex Work in Thailand

Emboldened by new police protocols mandating more humane treatment of sex workers during arrests, activists on Thursday announced their next goal – decriminalizing sex work.

Editorial: Prayut Has Lost All Legitimacy. He Must Go.

Many Thais gave a free pass to Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha, a former junta leader who first came to power in 2014, when he enacted the Emergency Decree in March with a stated purpose of combating the coronavirus outbreak at the time.

Net Censorship Undermines Opportunities of ‘Thailand 4.0’

ith the threat of a single gateway still looming over the heads of netizens, the recent dust-up over limiting access to Facebook content deemed inappropriate by the government, a future internet chock-full of stringent government controls still seems an inevitable reality.

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.

Editorial: Prayuth’s PM Victory is a Sham

Last night’s vote, which secured junta chairman Prayuth Chan-ocha another term in office, proved the process was rigged from the start.



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