Articles by: Joseph O' Connor

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 ›

Thailand may resume EU free trade talks as Commerce Ministry organises public hearings

Thailand may resume EU free trade talks as Commerce Ministry organises public hearings

September 24, 2019

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

Last Friday, over $1 billion in investment projects were announced by the Board of Trade as Deputy Prime Minister Somkid Jatusripitak indicated that the European… Read More ›

Stimulus to target people at the margins as bank shares hit a nine-year low with fading income

Stimulus to target people at the margins as bank shares hit a nine-year low with fading income

September 22, 2019

Economy, Thailand:

Stimulus package required to preserve financial stability at grassroots level reveals top Ministry of Finance official as personal debt problem combines with darker economic conditions… Read More ›

Exemptions on T28 reporting for visas linked to foreigners working in Thailand in effect now

Exemptions on T28 reporting for visas linked to foreigners working in Thailand in effect now

September 22, 2019

Foreigners, Living, Thai World, Thailand:

Progress is being made on the burdensome T28 and T30 regulations as key government aide Kobsak Pootrakool appears to have taken up the issue. The… Read More ›

Opposition frustrated as oath swearing debate fizzled – PM did not personally address the matter

Opposition frustrated as oath swearing debate fizzled – PM did not personally address the matter

September 18, 2019

More News from Thailand, Personal, Politics, Thailand:

Opposition MPs claimed that the failure to recite the full oath may raise questions about the legitimacy of government but in truth, the wind had… Read More ›

TM6 arrivals and departure forms scrapped by the government in move to ease red tape for visitors

TM6 arrivals and departure forms scrapped by the government in move to ease red tape for visitors

September 18, 2019

Economy, Foreigners, Thai World, Thailand:

The President of the European Association of Business and Commerce has come out strongly against the continued enforcement of TM28 and TM30 immigration reporting even… Read More ›

Bank of Thailand governor warns about growing debt levels, calls for sufficiency economic thinking

Bank of Thailand governor warns about growing debt levels, calls for sufficiency economic thinking

September 18, 2019

Economy, Foreigners, Living, Thai World, Thailand:

While Thailand’s household debt to GDP ratio may be in line with other economies and below many developed countries, it is still among the highest… Read More ›

Elon Musk in court bid to have the case against him filed by UK man Vern Unsworth thrown out

Elon Musk in court bid to have the case against him filed by UK man Vern Unsworth thrown out

September 17, 2019

Foreigners, Media, Thai World, Thailand:

Sad and bizarre animus between two men who are rightly admired as heroes by many people around the world but the objective truth is that… Read More ›

Baht is the new gold but the trade war is now having a leaden effect on big business performance in Thailand

Baht is the new gold but the trade war is now having a leaden effect on big business performance in Thailand

September 15, 2019

Economy, Foreigners, Living, Thai World, Thailand:

Many economists, however, say the downturn in exports and economic problems besetting Thailand is more likely to be due to the global downturn and the… Read More ›

Thammanat claims the media attacks on him are a plot to overthrow the Thai government by a network

Thammanat claims the media attacks on him are a plot to overthrow the Thai government by a network

September 14, 2019

Personal, Politics, Thai World, Thailand:

Junior minister and key government point man insists he is ‘serious’ about issuing up to 100 sets of legal proceedings against individuals and foreign media… Read More ›

Government could fall on family law amendment decree if found illegal which could also see house dissolved

Government could fall on family law amendment decree if found illegal which could also see house dissolved

September 13, 2019

Culture, Politics, Thailand:

Cabinet decree referred to the Constitutional Court concerning the handling of domestic abuse cases in Thailand and the suspension of a law handing jurisdiction of… Read More ›

Good news for the PM as oath case thrown out by the Constitutional Court – no jurisdiction

Good news for the PM as oath case thrown out by the Constitutional Court – no jurisdiction

September 11, 2019

More News from Thailand, Personal, Politics, Thailand:

Ruling cuts the ground from under the opposition even before the debate comes before parliament on September 18th and bolsters the need for it to… Read More ›

Changes to TM30, an easier visa and work permit system approved by Thai cabinet yesterday for foreign workers

Changes to TM30, an easier visa and work permit system approved by Thai cabinet yesterday for foreign workers

September 11, 2019

Foreigners, Living, Thai World, Thailand:

It’s all about the economy as ministers seek to attract more investment and jobs by making things easier. Light at the end of the tunnel… Read More ›

Minister in Australian newspaper exposé claims the story was written in Thailand and is false

Minister in Australian newspaper exposé claims the story was written in Thailand and is false

September 10, 2019

Media, Personal, Politics, Thai World, Thailand:

Minister revealed that he told the Sydney Morning Herald journalist Michael Ruffles over the weekend after he received three emails from him, that the story… Read More ›

Shock as Minister reported in an Aussie newspaper as a convicted and jailed drug trafficker down under

Shock as Minister reported in an Aussie newspaper as a convicted and jailed drug trafficker down under

September 10, 2019

Foreigners, Politics, Thai World, Thailand:

Minister under fire but still fighting – On Monday night the Minister was adamant that the reports were ‘old news’ drummed by his enemies and… Read More ›