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Opinion: From American Racism to Thai Chauvinism

The anti-racist protests and riots in the United States across 70 cities as a result of the police killing of black man George Floyd on May 25 have got some in Thailand reflecting upon their own society.

Opinion: Social Media as Thailand’s Public Sphere of Last Resort

A recent controversy reminds us that in Thailand, certain topics cannot be publicly deliberate without severe risks.
A file photo from the 2017 National Book Week in Bangkok.

Opinion: Why Don’t Thais Read?

By Tayo Tunyathon Koonprasert At 13, having just moved back to Bangkok after seven years in the United States, I asked my mom to take me...
A man receives a dose of COVID-19 vaccine at a vaccination center in Khlong Toey community in Bangkok on May 9, 2021.

Opinion: Thailand’s Sinovac Dilemma

The government of Gen. Prayut Chan-ocha is facing double challenges in handling COVID-19. First, how to get enough vaccines in time before the situation is too critical, and second, how to convince enough people that Sinovac is a good and adequately safe vaccine.

Opinion: Thai Poor Face Either Death by Coronavirus, or Economic Ruin

Monitoring daily government press conferences and its latest coronavirus figures has become a daily ritual for many Thais as they enter a nationwide lockdown in April.

Rule With an Iron Fist. Lie Without Shame.

A long, long time ago, just one day after junta leader Gen. Prayuth Chan-ocha staged his May 2014 coup, I was asked by Al Jazeera TV what I thought of him.

Opinion: Emergency Power in the Hand of an Ex-Dictator is Worrying

Even though I personally support lockdown measures as long as there are adequate compensations to affected people, we can debate whether a state of emergency is really warranted at this point.
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Yet Another Sad Propaganda Ballad for Juntaland

Music nurtures the soul, except when it's pathetic propaganda.

Opinion: Thais Should Fear the Danger of Pandemic’s New Normal

The end of the coronavirus pandemic is nowhere in sight, yet the New Normal of lives and politics in Thailand is already here.

Thai Law: Secrets to Surviving the New Inheritance Tax

There are enormous tax breaks provided by the government. The problem is most people are completely unaware of them. Take the new inheritance tax...

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