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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: Lese Majeste is Pushing Thailand Toward a Turning Point

Many Thais who are against the lese majeste law have chosen different words to describe it.

Opinion: Hong Kong Security Law is a Threat to Democracy

The Standing Committee of the National People’s Congress of the People’s Republic of China unanimously passed the Law of the People’s Republic of China on Safeguarding National Security in the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region on June 30, 2020. The law took effect that evening.
Protesters march on the streets against an extradition bill in Hong Kong on Sunday, June 16, 2019. Photo:Vincent Yu / AP

Opinion: Protests in Hong Kong, Empty Streets in Bangkok

As an estimated 1 million protesters in Hong Kong took to the streets this week to prevent China from compromising their judicial system, I...

Bangkok Street Food Ban a Banal Assault on Way of Life

The irony of the debate on banning Bangkok’s street food was that it took foreigners – mostly Western media – to point out how unique and vibrant street food here was before the military regime backpedaled a tad.

Thailand Should Not Talibanize its Past

The mysterious removal of 1932 Revolution Plaque has opened up a Pandora’s box. The news about the removal of the brass plaque – marking the spot where the revolt which ended absolute monarchy in 1932 began with a declaration – led to debate. Not just over the merit of the historical object itself but over a re-assessment and rediscovery – particularly among younger Thais – of the Promoters, also known as People’s Party, or Khana Ratsadon, which overthrew absolute monarchy 85 years ago.

Opinion: We’ve Had Enough of COVID Confusion From Gov’t

Confusion, confusion and more confusions can be expected if the government doesn’t learn from this week.

Opinion: Can the Coronavirus Bring Innovation to Classrooms?

By Georgetown University professor Michael R. Czinkota, and student Michael L. Czinkota The Coronavirus is the firing pin...

Opinion: US Should Seek Cooperation With China, Not Unilateralism

The trade war serves no one’s interests, and the voice inside the US opposing its imposition of additional tariff is getting louder and louder.

Tackling Corruption Without Transparency

One of the more disturbing news items last month was the withdrawal of Transparency Thailand from Transparency International.

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