Articles by: Joseph O' Connor

Digital assets wizard with an energy and tech vision that Thailand needs to make 4.0 work

Digital assets wizard with an energy and tech vision that Thailand needs to make 4.0 work

October 15, 2019

Economy, Thailand:

He has no time for a social life and he spends 7 nights a week speaking with audiences who pay him to hear about the… Read More ›

General’s speech’s leaves Thai opposition deflated and facing a question over constitutional change

General’s speech’s leaves Thai opposition deflated and facing a question over constitutional change

October 15, 2019

Politics, Thailand:

In his speech, the Army boss also referred to a number of visits by Hong Kong activist Joshua Wong to Thailand and questioned what were… Read More ›

Fake news centre ready as rights activists push for the toning down of the Computer Crime Act

Fake news centre ready as rights activists push for the toning down of the Computer Crime Act

October 14, 2019

Media, Politics, Thailand:

The fake new centre as outlined by the minister last Friday sounds eminently practical and benign. Free speech and human rights activist are dubious. The… Read More ›

Army Chief draws a line on opposition moves to alter the 2017 constitution in a passionate speech

Army Chief draws a line on opposition moves to alter the 2017 constitution in a passionate speech

October 12, 2019

Media, Politics, Thailand:

It would be a mistake for the opposition parties and even academics to simply dismiss the army leader’s comments as archaic and irrelevant. His comments… Read More ›

New app for expats in Thailand to be called ‘OSS Foreigner’ – Immigration reporting to be quick and easy

New app for expats in Thailand to be called ‘OSS Foreigner’ – Immigration reporting to be quick and easy

October 12, 2019

Economy, Thailand:

Kobsak Pootrakool said on Wednesday that foreigners can use the app for all immigration reporting. Simply keying in data and uploading a selfie will be… Read More ›

Thailand economic prospects are dimming fast even as global agencies talk about its strength

Thailand economic prospects are dimming fast even as global agencies talk about its strength

October 11, 2019

Economy, Thailand:

Growth rates slashed again as Thailand looks unlikely to hit 3% growth this year while its neighbouring economies are growing at figures in excess of… Read More ›

Deputy Public Health Minister leaves expats confused with ‘over 50s’ visa insurance press comments

Deputy Public Health Minister leaves expats confused with ‘over 50s’ visa insurance press comments

October 10, 2019

Thailand:

The minister’s comments suggested that the insurance requirement for non-immigrant visas was being extended now to include all foreigners over 50 whereas previously it was… Read More ›

Thailand’s tax collectors facing falling income are readying to pounce on the internet next year

Thailand’s tax collectors facing falling income are readying to pounce on the internet next year

October 9, 2019

Economy, Thailand:

Finance Minister Uttama Savanayana talked about a ‘widening’ of the tax base in August. In reality, it appears to amount to a raid on the… Read More ›

Opposition will not put the ฿3.3 trillion 2020 budget bill in danger but plans to scrutinise it

Opposition will not put the ฿3.3 trillion 2020 budget bill in danger but plans to scrutinise it

October 8, 2019

Politics, Thailand:

Signal from the Pheu Thai leader on Monday follows a strong warning from the Prime Minister on Thursday that the rejection of the budget would… Read More ›

Central bank boss plans to loosen capital controls and decide on broader lending curbs by year’s end

Central bank boss plans to loosen capital controls and decide on broader lending curbs by year’s end

October 7, 2019

Economy, Thailand:

The director in charge of financial institutions at the Bank of Thailand has also revealed that Thai banks are more than ready to comply with… Read More ›

Opposition parties lodge defamation and criminal complaints against key army officers on Sunday

Opposition parties lodge defamation and criminal complaints against key army officers on Sunday

October 6, 2019

More News from Thailand, Personal, Politics, Thailand:

Today’s complaint alleging defamation filed at the Crime Suppression Division of the Thai police in Bangkok comes as the leader of the Future Forward Party… Read More ›

Judge attempts suicide in court after trial verdict and a caustic review of criminal justice practice

Judge attempts suicide in court after trial verdict and a caustic review of criminal justice practice

October 5, 2019

Culture, Foreigners, Living, Thai World, Thailand:

The Secretary-General of Future Forward Party, Piyabutr Saengkanokkul, has revealed that the judge had been in contact with him since September voicing his concerns about… Read More ›

Thai economy remains sound says Fitch the ratings agency as the baht’s surge may be over for now

Thai economy remains sound says Fitch the ratings agency as the baht’s surge may be over for now

October 3, 2019

Economy, Foreigners, More News from Thailand, Thailand:

The key issue for Thailand’s economy remains US tariffs on Chinese imports as local firm Kasikorn Research predicts a further 2% contraction in exports for… Read More ›

Thailand’s Foreign Minister warns of the dangers of rising xenophobic populism in the world

Thailand’s Foreign Minister warns of the dangers of rising xenophobic populism in the world

October 2, 2019

Economy, More News from Thailand, Personal, Politics, Thailand:

The veteran diplomat’s comments were similar to the sentiments of the Foreign Minister from China who last week warned of a global recession if the… Read More ›

Future Forward Party will not be prosecuted over Facebook broadcast last June after AG’s decision

Future Forward Party will not be prosecuted over Facebook broadcast last June after AG’s decision

October 1, 2019

Personal, Politics, Thai World, Thailand:

Early last month, lawyers for the opposition leader and two others accused in the case were told that a decision would be announced today. Mr… Read More ›

‘Richest man in Khon Kaen’ keeps police on tiptoes with 7 hour suicide threat with a knife at a church

‘Richest man in Khon Kaen’ keeps police on tiptoes with 7 hour suicide threat with a knife at a church

October 1, 2019

Crime, Foreigners, More News from Thailand, Thailand:

Disturbing and unacceptable actions of a western foreigner in Khon Kaen have left the public and authorities both perplexed and bothered over the last week… Read More ›

Economy not yet in crisis says central bank governor as ministers meet to discuss trade and tourism

Economy not yet in crisis says central bank governor as ministers meet to discuss trade and tourism

September 30, 2019

Economy, Personal, Thai World, Thailand:

Thailand has been hit hard by the fall out from the US-China trade war and its insipid growth rate of 2.8% as projected by the… Read More ›

Academic calls for Thai student held in Egypt to be given urgent assistance, cleared of IS links

Academic calls for Thai student held in Egypt to be given urgent assistance, cleared of IS links

September 30, 2019

More News from Thailand, Personal, Thailand:

Thai student from Yala was taking part in protests last week against the Egyptian president who overthrew the short-lived government of Mohammed Morsi in 2013… Read More ›

Thanathorn’s US lobbying firm probed following protests last week in New York against the PM

Thanathorn’s US lobbying firm probed following protests last week in New York against the PM

September 28, 2019

More News from Thailand, Personal, Politics, Thailand:

Contract between the US lobbying firm APCO Worldwide and Thanathorn is for $10,000 per month and runs until the end of the year allowing the… Read More ›

Prime Minister in New York predicts that Thailand will be a first-world economy in 17 years or by 2036

Prime Minister in New York predicts that Thailand will be a first-world economy in 17 years or by 2036

September 27, 2019

Economy, Personal, Politics, Thai World, Thailand:

Reports from the Bank of Thailand’s Monetary policy committee on Wednesday this week indicated that Thailand’s tourism sector in 2019 is in decline while the… Read More ›