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Wednesday, December 7, 2022

Battle for Collective Political Memory Rages On

May is a loaded month for Thai politics. In 1992, from May 17 to 20, hundreds of thousands rose up against military dictator Suchinda Kraprayoon, who made himself prime minister, to demand the country be led by one elected by the people. Fifty-two people mostly drawn from the middle class, according to the official account, were mowed down and hundreds others injured, mostly by military gunfire. Suchinda granted himself immunity before resigning.

Shattering the Notion of a Beauty Queen and Beyond

The selection of Anchilee Scott-Kemmis as Miss Universe Thailand 2021 on Sunday propelled the issue of what constitutes ideal beauty into the forefront of debate.

Opinion: When Crowd Control Police Lost Control of Themselves

The video I took for Khaosod English of a group of police dragging and then brutally beating a defenseless man as they dispersed the monarchy-reform demonstrators went viral in no time.

Yingluck’s Gone But the Masks Follow

Once you put on a mask, like those of classical Thai khon dramas, they can become difficult to remove. You then may end up having...
US Ambassador to Thailand Glyn T. Davies, left, and Minister of Foreign Affairs Don Pramudwinai speak to reporters in a 2016 news conference at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. Photo: Matichon

A Farewell to Western Envoys in Bangkok

At a recent farewell reception for Peter Prugel, the German ambassador to Thailand, a prominent international human rights activist who was in town from...

Opinion: Thai Monkey Business in Coconut Trouble

In Thailand, monkey business is real business with the beasts trained to collect coconuts for human consumption. But for how much longer?

When Thainess Means Gotta Ban’Em All

Whenever disruptive innovation reaches the shores of Thailand, time and again the knee-jerk reaction is to make a huge fuss, ban it as yet another Western evil, launch a “better” “proper” Thai alternative that nobody ends up using and finally forgetting about it when people move on to the next crisis du jour.

Khaosod English Clarifies Usage Of "Stupid Bitch"

In an article published yesterday, we translated former Prime Minister Abhisit Vejjajiva's now-controversial remark about Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra as "stupid bitch". The original...

Finding New Year’s Hope in Juntaland

What’s there to be hopeful, New Year or not? Isn’t the battle, if not the war, lost?
Emergency responders examine a van wrecked in a collision in June 2017 in Sa Kaeo province that killed five.

Thai Roadkill: No More Half Measures

Statistics be damned. Every New Year and Songkran were the last holiday for 300 to 400 people who die on the roads.



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