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Thai tourists in traditional costumes at Wat Chaiwatthanaram. Photo: Travel @ Manager / Facebook

Escaping the Present For a Misremembered Past

As fans of "Bupphesaniwat" revel in dressing retro, it’s an opportune time to rethink nostalgia and the risks of idealizing the past.

Election Commission’s ‘Set Zero’ Cannot Reset Legitimacy

It was payback time. Thais called it “set zero” or reset. Starting afresh. Many were instantly gratified when the much-hated Election Commissioners were removed in a vote by the National Legislative Assembly last week.

Editorial: The Folly of the Amnesty Bill, One Year Later

We should not forget the political fumbling of the Pheu Thai party that ultimately led to the suspension of democracy in Thailand today.

The Making of a Cult of Personality

Public mourning has become a competitive sport for some who, intentionally or not, have made it more difficult to impress.
A pro-election demonstrator holds up a sign in 2014 at a polling station in Bangkok.

The Thai General Elections: A Catch 22

The much anticipated general elections – slated for February are generating considerable relief, but also doubt about how free and fair they may be. To...
Justice minister Prajin Jantong visits the lethal injection chamber at Bang Kwang Prison on Dec. 30.

Death Penalty is Ugly Vengeance, Not Justice

The sudden execution of a death row convict on Monday after a nine-year hiatus has ignited a storm of debate over capital punishment.

Myanmar Propaganda? Army Takes Media on Reporting Trip

KYAR GAUNG TAUNG, Myanmar — Myanmar's military has a big public relations problem: It stands accused of committing genocide.

An Open Letter to Ultra-Royalists

By Pravit Rojanaphruk
Senior Staff Writer
A poster with an image of junta leader Prayuth Chan-ocha telling Thammasat University students to put their dishes at proper places after eating at a canteen.

Opinion: Mistrust Prevails Following ‘The General’s’ Election

Two issues emerged from Sunday’s tight election result: trust and legitimacy – or the lack thereof. The Election Commission’s abrupt end of supplying poll results...

Press Freedom Isn’t Free

By Pravit Rojanaphruk
Senior Staff Writer

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