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Relatives and friends leave flowers during a ceremony for those killed in the attack on the Young Children's Development Center in the rural town of Uthai Sawan, north eastern Thailand, Friday, Oct. 7, 2022. Photo: Sakchai Lalit / AP

Opinion: Nong Bua Lamphu Massacre Should Not Be Met With Knee Jerk Reactions

The collective shock unfolding in Thailand in the aftermath of Nong Bua Lamphu mass shooting by a drug-addicted ex-cop which resulted in 38 deaths including the assailant, who committed suicide, led to much soul-searching but also kneejerk reactions.
In this July 16, 2019, file photo, Thailand's Prime Minister Prayuth Chan-ocha gestures after a group photo with his Cabinet members at the government house in Bangkok, Thailand. Prayuth said Friday, Aug. 9, 2019 he is not quitting despite facing mounting criticism for failing to properly take his oath of office. Prayuth led members of his Cabinet to be inaugurated in a ceremony presided over by the Thai king on July 16. However, he omitted a phrase while taking the oath where he was supposed to pledge that he will uphold every aspect of the constitution. The omission has raised questions over whether the inauguration was legally valid. Photo: Sakchai Lalit / AP

Opinion: Prayut’s Return as PM Comes With Many Unanswered Questions

Less than twenty minutes after he was let off the hook by the Constitutional Court, which ruled on Friday that he can still be PM for two and a half more years because the eight-year limit stipulated under the charter should only be counted when the junta-sponsored constitution came into effect in April 2017, Gen. Prayut Chan-o-cha made it clear he is planning to stay on to do more ‘great things’ for Thailand.

Opinion: Why Ekachai Hongkangwan Is a Formidable Political Activist?

Anti-junta-cum-monarchy-reformist Ekachai Hongkangwan has emerged as one of the most persistent opponents to the conservative powers in Thailand over the years.
Protest at Mahidol University Salaya Campus in Nakhon Pathom province on Feb. 25, 2020.

Opinion: Lest We Forget: The Movement Changed, The Struggle Continues

I was a part of the movement calling for democracy that began two years ago, in the midst of the ill-advised dissolution of the opposition Future Forward Party back in February 2020.
Public Health Minister Anutin Charnvirakul reacts during news conference Tuesday, Feb. 8, 2022, at the Public Health Ministry in Nonthaburi, Thailand, after signing a measure that drops cannabis from his ministry's list of controlled drugs. Photo: Sakchai Lalit / AP

Opinion: Anutin, Marijuana, and Thai Politics

The future of the de facto use of marijuana for recreational purposes, a by-product of the decriminalization of marijuana for medical purposes, is now hanging in the balance.
A slum along Khlong Prem Prachakon in Bangkok on Sept. 10, 2022.

Opinion: The Poor Are Getting Poorer and That’s a Ticking Time Bomb

The recent increased price of instant noodle from six to seven baht per pack was nothing short of a big blow for working-class Thais, particularly poor people, who lead hand to mouth existence.
Moritz Pfoh, a.k.a. Mr. Fuck Thong, talks to reporters on Sept. 2, 2022.

Opinion: Expats and Thai Politics

Foreigners, especially Western expats, expressing strong political views about Thailand inside Thailand is always controversial.
Representatives of Citizens for Freedom in Communication group submit a petition against the True-DTAC merger deal to the National Broadcasting and Telecommunications Commission on Aug. 28, 2022.

Pressure Group Asks Telecom Regulator to Stop True-DTAC Merger Deal

Pressure group invades NBTC on issue of letter to Prime Minister pressuring Council of State for second round of interpretation, with the apparent intention to accelerate closing True-Dtac deal; TCCT demanded to do its job and not let investors monopolize the country.
Gen. Prayut Chan-o-cha works as the defense minister at his office at the Ministry of Defense on Aug. 26, 2022. Photo: Ministry of Defense

Opinion: Was the Temporary Suspension of PM Prayut, Good News, Bad News, Or a...

The Constitutional Court on Wednesday suspended Gen. Prayut Chan-o-cha as PM for up to a month while adjudicating whether he has reached his eight-year limit of term in office as stipulated by the junta-sponsored 2017 charter or not.
PM Prayut Chan-o-cha speaks to reporters at Government House on Aug. 16, 2022.

Opinion: Prayut Can Spare Thailand from Further Pain and Political Impasse by Calling for...

The biggest question in Thai politics today is whether Gen. Prayut Chan-o-cha will continue to be Prime Minister after completing eight years in office on Tuesday, Aug. 23.



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