Thailand

State Capitalism and the Threat to Democracy

Over the past two decades, a renewed economic phenomenon has taken the global stage - state capitalism, in which sovereign countries pour huge resources into companies that come to dominate the fields they ...

NGOs Urge EU to Keep Thai Feet to Fire on Fishery Slavery

A wide coalition of human rights, labor and environmental organizations is asking the European Commission to continue pressure on Thailand to end notorious abuses including outright slavery in the country’s fis...

Thailand Looks Vainly for a Magic Finance Minister

There was much irony to be savored on Dec. 20 as the Thai junta’s former deputy prime minister and finance minister MR Pridyathorn Devakula officiated at an event to mark the birth 100 years ago of the nation’s...

Thai Junta Shuts Public’s Ears to Bad News

When the international edition of the New York Times was delivered in Thailand on Nov. 30, the front page of the paper featured a large white blank space.  In other editions, the paper featured a detailed sto...

Greenpeace Outraged Over Thai Tuna Fleet

In a new report released earlier this month, the environmentalist NGO Greenpeace has accused the global tuna industry of being “out of control” and emptying the oceans of fish, devastating other marine life a...
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Thailand’s Generals Can’t Restart the Economy

Most of Thailand’s economic news is continuing to dampen any remaining hope that the military junta, now in power for 15 months, would usher in an era of economic revival. The kingdom is at best static while...
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Thailand Mulls a Fling at the Gaming Tables

Thailand’s National Reform Council may be getting desperate as it seeks to revive the country’s economy. The discipline of military rule combined with market economics has thus far failed to raise growth above ...
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Thailand’s Crown Property Bureau: Economic Brake?

Thailand’s Crown Property Bureau, which manages the assets of the Thai royalty, is the elephant in the country’s economic room, controlling a full 15 percent of its economy and, according to a recent seminar at...
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Oil Prices not Delivering Asia Boom

The best efforts of central bankers in the West and Japan to re-ignite inflation have thus far failed. The rest of Asia, which once seemed partly immune to the problems of aging and indebted societies, is now l...
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Thai Tuna Behemoth Looks Abroad for Acquisitions

The news that Thai Union Frozen Products Pcl will purchase the Norwegian seafood firm King Oscar for an undisclosed amount is heing greeted by environmentalists with concern.  Aggressive tuna fishing compani...