Thailand

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Opinion: Remembrance of an Activist Thai Poet

It is nearly one year since Kamol Duangphasuk, widely known among Thailand’s Red Shirt activists as “Mainueng Kor Kunthee,” was assassinated by an unidentified gunman who approached his car and shot at him five...
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Rodney Tasker, 1945-2015

Rodney Tasker’s name may now mean little to the current generation of journalists and politicians in Asia. But for 25 years from the mid-1970s, Tasker, chief correspondent of the now-defunct Hong Kong-based Far...
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Thailand Ramps Up Cyber Surveillance

Thailand, which already has one of the most draconian computer crimes acts in the world, is putting together a legislative package of eight measures that would restrict even more the use of the Internet on the ...
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Thailand’s Coup Leader Advises the Tourist Trade

Having used the military to enforce his Twelve Values on the Thai population since a May coup, self-appointed Prime Minister Prayuth Chan-ocha would now like tourists to also get with his program. Thus, at P...
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Humor: Journalists’ Rules For Thailand’s New Year

This time last year, Thailand was in such a state of tumult that people didn’t even bother wishing each other a Happy New Year because they knew better than to hope for such an outcome.  Thais walked around ...
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Thailand’s Sex Trafficking Figures Suspect?

Few issues in Thailand are as emotive as sex trafficking, which activists say is a growing problem despite the millions of dollars spent on tackling it each year. At least 80,000 women and girls are supposed...
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Thai Prince Said to Trigger Police Purge

A figurative earthquake passed through the notoriously corrupt Thai police this week with the arrests of some of the force’s top officials, including Pongpat Chayaphan, the head of the Central Investigation Bur...
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Humor: Thai Junta’s Jobs for Dissidents Abroad

Since Thailand’s Democratic Revitalization and Happiness Restoration Under Traditional Thai Principles Program kicked off in May, an increasing number of confused Thais have chosen to extend their stays abroad....
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Thailand’s Enduringly Crooked Police

It is a ritual that has gone on for decades.  At the beginning of each month, when the average brown-shirted Thai cop’s household bills come due, long lines of motorcyclists form at freeway underpasses in Bangk...
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Holiday Killing 101: Checklist for Thai Authorities

My fellow Thais, it is now more than two weeks since horror once again struck the pristine shores of this paradise we call home, and no culprits have been found – certainly no Thais involved -- as the reports g...