A woman sits outside closed businesses on Pattaya Beach Road Aug. 30 (Photo: Bangkok Herald)

Thais Facing Economic Ruin with Both Covid-19, Government to Blame

By James Lovelock Millions of Thais facing poverty and financial ruin not only have the devastating Covid-19 crisis to blame, but their own government as...
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Thailand Again Scapegoats Burmese, with Razor Wire, Calls for Reporting of...

It's not the first, nor will be the last, time Thais blame Myanmar neighbors for own failings
Thousands of student-age protestors face off against Thai police at Bangkok's Pathumwan intersection Oct. 16. (Photo: Tyler Roney for the Bangkok Herald)

Prayut, It’s Time to Go

UCA News’ Benjamin Freeman argues Thailand’s PM has overstayed his welcome with crackdown on peaceful student protesters
Riot police line up to disperse protestors at Bangkok's Ratchprasong intersection Oct. 15.

End Game Uncertain as Pro-Democracy Movement Meets Immovable Gov’t Force

On 3rd night of protests, demonstrators blasted with water cannons, batons. Where activists go from here unclear
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Thai Army Proves as Inept at Online Propaganda as It Is...

Analysis: No, disinformation against a your own citizens isn't normal. That the army bungled it so badly doesn't make it less wrong.
The Xe-Pian Xe-Namnoy hydroelectric project where a dam failed in Laos in 2018.

Laos Slides Closer to Puppet State as China Grab Control of...

Analysis: UCA News' Luke Hunt says years of reckless spending and a Chinese debt trap have left Thailand's neighbor on thin ice
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Nowhere Is Safe: SE Asia’s Strongmen Conspiring to Disappear Activists

Commentary: Even when they escape their own countries, pro-democracy activists often pay with their lives writes James Lovelock
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Exactly Where Does Facebook Think It Can Sue Thailand?

Analysis: The social network's lawsuit threat is a joke, and its critics know it
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Farang Forward: Expats Swap Keyboards for Fanny Packs to Join Thai...

Foreigners don't get a vote, so why don't they mind their own business?
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Why do Thailand’s Rich, Powerful Get Away With Murder?

UCA News' Benjamin Freeman argues laws apply only to those who don't have enough money or influence to flout them
UNDP Thailand and a local NGO arranged for the delivery face masks to the ethnic community in Phuket Province

Thailand’s Covid-19 Response: An Example of Resilience, Solidarity

Gita Sabharwal, the UN Resident Coordinator in Thailand, explains that this success is thanks to a combination of government action, social responsibility and community solidarity.
Vorayuth Yoovidhya Red Bull Heir Thailand

U-Turn for Ignored Evidence Was Only Way Forward For Caught-Out OAG...

Analysis: Dropping Vorayuth charges was so egregiously corrupt, only way to save face was to use data discarded in 2012 to press new charges
Masks and social distancing are few and far to be seen every night at Bangkok's Artbox on Sukhumvit Road.

Thailand’s 2nd Wave is Coming: Vietnam Proves It

Obvious parallels of open economy, waning mask use, more domestic tourism and rising illegal immigration make new Thai outbreak a matter of when, not if.

Does Thailand’s ‘New Normal’ Mean ‘Mindless Panic’?

It would be easy to laugh off the overreaction to Rayong's health scare as silly “Thainess”. But it’s more sinister than that.
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Thailand’s Virus Hawks Hell-Bent on Crippling Tourism in Futile Bid to...

Analysis: 1,000-visitor caps, exorbitant insurance requirements and long quarantines will flatten any travel-bubble schemes, adding to hospitality sector's pain
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Twitter Loses It Over NYT Story Praising Thai Fruits

Humorless, self-anointed Thai culture experts – many outside Thailand – go nuts over light-hearted New York Times article on Thai fruit
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No Singing, No Dancing, No Lady Drinks: Proposed Thailand Bar-Reopening Rules...

Analysis: Writers of 18 proposed health restrictions straight out of 'Footloose' living in a fantasy world
Airport Empty Gate

Of Bubbles, Viruses and Thailand’s Reality Distortion Field

The CCSA rejected the Cabinet's 'travel bubble' plan because it didn't include lengthy quarantines. That's the entire point of them.
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Prayut Falsely Claims Thailand Asia’s #1 Coronavirus Killer, But Country’s Record...

The PM said Thailand ranks first in Asia for quashing Covid-19? Not so fast...
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Thailand Temples, Bus Lines Using Coronavirus as Cover for Anti-Foreign Racism

Even as the U.S., Europe and Australia reckon with institutional racism and treatment of minorities, Thailand is using the coronavirus pandemic as an excuse...
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Thailand Aflutter Over News Bars Reopening July 1, But Date, Details...

Thai news and social media are agog over a July 1 end to Thailand's lockdown, but it's far from certain.
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Thailand’s Leaders Grasping at Straws to Keep Bars Closed, Alcohol Out...

Analysis: With community transmission of Covid-19 at zero and contact-tracing in place, the junta leaders can't justify their war on booze
ThaiChana Thailand Checkin App Central World Shoping Mall Covid-19 Contact Tracing App

5.1 million sacrifice privacy to Thai Chana virus-tracing app in first...

More than 5 million people used the government’s new Thai Chana mobile app to check in to shopping malls and other retailers in its...
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How Thailand’s Bars Re-Open

The cover price for a night out in post-lockdown Bangkok will be sacrificing anonymity and accepting restrictions on human interactions
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