Articles by: Joseph O' Connor

Thaksin poses a question to those in power on the same day he was removed from office in 2006

Thaksin poses a question to those in power on the same day he was removed from office in 2006

September 20, 2020

Economy, Politics, Thailand:

The former Thai Prime Minister who won two elections and presided over a period of unprecedented growth in the kingdom, on Saturday, noted that he… Read More ›

March on government to go ahead on Sunday as rally organisers appear to focus on the monarchy reform plans

March on government to go ahead on Sunday as rally organisers appear to focus on the monarchy reform plans

September 20, 2020

Politics, Thailand:

The rally on Saturday was attended by former Future Forward Party leader Thanathorn Juangroongruangkit accompanied by Pannika Wanich, another key member of the Progressive Movement.… Read More ›

Closed Thailand giving handouts to millions while Sweden welcomes tourists with falling infections

Closed Thailand giving handouts to millions while Sweden welcomes tourists with falling infections

September 18, 2020

Economy, Living, Thailand:

The Eurozone area is expected to contract by 7.9% this year as Asia will see its first economic decline since the 1960s. Thailand is emerging… Read More ›

Raised concerns for the defiant student protest being planned for next Saturday and Sunday

Raised concerns for the defiant student protest being planned for next Saturday and Sunday

September 15, 2020

Living, Politics, Thailand:

The insistence by key student protest leaders in pursuing their August 10th ‘manifesto’ for reform of the monarchy has deeply disturbed authorities. There are genuine… Read More ›

Government seeks 10,000 fluent English speakers to teach in Thai schools in major policy reversal

Government seeks 10,000 fluent English speakers to teach in Thai schools in major policy reversal

September 13, 2020

Economy, Thai World:

At the same time, the minister has also revealed that 10,000 Chinese speakers will be recruited as he sees China as an emerging global power.… Read More ›

Exasperated PM loses patience with press corps over ‘distorted’ online speculation of a coup amid tensions

Exasperated PM loses patience with press corps over ‘distorted’ online speculation of a coup amid tensions

September 11, 2020

Economy, Media, Politics, Thailand:

The last two coups in Thailand in 2006 and 2014 damaged the country economically as they caused Thailand to be isolated and lose valuable ground… Read More ›

Warning signal from Nissan as it tells agents it is halting production of key car models in Thailand immediately

Warning signal from Nissan as it tells agents it is halting production of key car models in Thailand immediately

September 9, 2020

Economy, Thailand:

Reports from Nissan Thailand highlight the severe economic challenge facing Thailand at this time. It follows a cataclysmic fall in auto exports in the last… Read More ›

Army chief denies and rejects rumours of a likely coup as the country faces crisis on key fronts

Army chief denies and rejects rumours of a likely coup as the country faces crisis on key fronts

September 8, 2020

Economy, Politics, Thailand:

Thai Army chief has expressed confidence that the government can handle any potential unrest including a forthcoming major rally scheduled for September 19th next. It… Read More ›

Murder charge against ‘Boss’ Yoravuth should have been weighed after mowing down policeman

Murder charge against ‘Boss’ Yoravuth should have been weighed after mowing down policeman

September 1, 2020

Crime, Living, Personal, Politics, Thai World, Thailand:

Today the investigating panel’s report was discussed by the cabinet and made public with a press conference given by Mr Vicha Mahakhun. The panel chairman… Read More ›

Economy to contract by 10% as Bank of Thailand helps home borrowers facing stifled incomes save interest

Economy to contract by 10% as Bank of Thailand helps home borrowers facing stifled incomes save interest

August 30, 2020

Economy, Personal, Thai World, Thailand:

As the government pushes ahead urgently to reopen Thailand’s foreign tourism sector, the economy is also facing headwinds both domestically with economic consumption yet to… Read More ›

Phuket breakthrough on foreign tourism walked back on Friday by government spokeswoman

Phuket breakthrough on foreign tourism walked back on Friday by government spokeswoman

August 29, 2020

Economy, Foreigners, More News from Thailand, Thailand:

This is despite what appeared to be support for the proposal from Prime Minister Prayut Chan ocha when asked about it by reporters in Rayong… Read More ›

Pragmatic economic policy aims to keep things ticking over until exports and tourism reawaken in 2021

Pragmatic economic policy aims to keep things ticking over until exports and tourism reawaken in 2021

August 24, 2020

Economy, Personal, Politics, Thai World, Thailand:

New Deputy Prime Minister with oversight of the economy has also signalled a rethink on the sort of industry Thailand is seeking for the Eastern… Read More ›

Police witness in Red Bull case had talks about witness protection with department at the Ministry of Justice

Police witness in Red Bull case had talks about witness protection with department at the Ministry of Justice

August 24, 2020

Crime, Living, Personal, Thai World, Thailand:

Thailand’s Minister of Justice Somsak Thepsutin has given an assurance that protection for any witness connected with the Red Bull case is available from his… Read More ›

Prayut says students being bullied into protests as more of the movement’s leaders face charges

Prayut says students being bullied into protests as more of the movement’s leaders face charges

August 21, 2020

Foreigners, More News from Thailand, Personal, Politics, Thai World, Thailand:

Protest leaders may be buoyed by the excitement of the moment, the large numbers seen at recent rallies and even the moral support they are… Read More ›

Business, economic experts call for less emphasis on tourism and exports with higher taxation levels at home

Business, economic experts call for less emphasis on tourism and exports with higher taxation levels at home

August 19, 2020

Economy, Personal, Politics, Thai World, Thailand:

Prime Minister Prayut Chan ocha, in an appeal for unity in the face of economic adversity last week, highlighted as a key reason for the… Read More ›

Shares slump as Bangkok court sets two hearing dates to consider Thai Airways restructuring plan in full

Shares slump as Bangkok court sets two hearing dates to consider Thai Airways restructuring plan in full

August 18, 2020

Economy, Foreigners, More News from Thailand, Thailand:

On Friday 14th August, the firm’s auditors, Deloitte Touche Tohmatsu Jaiyos, declined to sign off on the airline’s accounts to June 30th citing concerns about… Read More ›

Official says tourists will have to wait until at least after February 2021 to return to Thailand normally

Official says tourists will have to wait until at least after February 2021 to return to Thailand normally

August 13, 2020

Economy, Personal, Thai World, Thailand:

On Wednesday, the Director-General of the Civil Aviation Authority of Thailand also told the media the ban on incoming flights and access to Thailand was… Read More ›

Student protest targeted at Monarchy on Monday night widely condemned by Thai political leaders as divisive

Student protest targeted at Monarchy on Monday night widely condemned by Thai political leaders as divisive

August 12, 2020

More News from Thailand, Personal, Politics, Thai World, Thailand:

Protest comes after the ruling Palang Pracharat Party decisively won a by-election in Samut Prakan where its candidate won over 45% of the vote. On… Read More ›

Minister warns Facebook of possible legal action including Computer Crime Act criminal charges

Minister warns Facebook of possible legal action including Computer Crime Act criminal charges

August 11, 2020

Foreigners, Media, More News from Thailand, Politics, Thailand:

New intensity in efforts to monitor and control illegal and dangerous content online coming as minister warns of the dangers of division, hatred and possible… Read More ›

Expats banned and then unbanned from Bangkok Midnight Marathon as Thailand’s tourism industry crumbles

Expats banned and then unbanned from Bangkok Midnight Marathon as Thailand’s tourism industry crumbles

August 8, 2020

Economy, Foreigners, More News from Thailand, Thailand:

The gaffe this weekend by the Bangkok Midnight Marathon can be explained by a growing fear in Thailand towards expats driven by the Covid 19… Read More ›