Thailand

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Thailand’s Disgraceful Human Trafficking Record

In its annual 2014 report, the US State Department has declared the Thai government’s efforts to curb human trafficking highly ineffective, with trafficked undocumented migrants totaling as many as half a milli...
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Visa Enforcement Tightens for Thailand’s Expats

Since the days of the Vietnam War, Bangkok, with its louche hotspots like Soi Cowboy and Patpong, has been a haven for lonely ex-GI’s, drunks and others looking for love in all the wrong places, as the song goe...
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Asean Lawmakers Blast Human Rights Commission

A group of Southeast Asian lawmakers has issued a blistering statement saying the 10-member Association of Southeast Asian Nations’ human rights commission has failed to bring any discernible improvement to or ...
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The Strange Tale of Thailand’s Last Executioner

It remains to be seen whether “The Last Executioner” wins a prize at the Shanghai International Film Festival where it was premiered on June 15, but this Thai-language, English-subtitled production is surely on...
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Welcome to the Thai junta! We’ve got fun and games

Dear “The West” You’ll have to forgive me if I have been somewhat lax in getting back to you regarding the events of May 22. On that day, as you’ll recall, a vast empire of venality and corruption, the li...
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Escalating the Mekong War on Drugs

The seizure yesterday of more than a million methamphetamine tables worth more than Bt200 million (US$6.2 million) being smuggled from Myanmar into Thailand is the latest episode in an intensifying war against ...
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Surveying the Wreckage of Thailand’s Monarchy

The past week has been a great one for determined republicans, but it has been sorrowful for those, like this writer, who believe that monarchies still have a useful role to play in modern states. Republican...
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It May Take a Village After All

One of the greatest problems facing today's rural societies across the globe is finding culturally sustainable activities that provide both material and social well-being for the individuals and families in the...
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Buddhist Dharma: Better Than a Therapist?

Over the New Year break, hundreds of thousands of Thais, mainly women, take time to attend prayer and meditation retreats in Buddhist temples across the country. Prayer halls descend into anticipatory silence, ...
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Monkhood for Thai Women: Sexism’s Religious Barrier

Thailand’s gender dynamics have shifted dramatically over the past few decades to where women fulfill many of the major roles in society. The majority of university enrollees are women, the breadwinners in many...