Articles by: Joseph O' Connor and Son Nguyen

Fake news becomes an issue in the Thai election as polling day nears with old battle lines emerging

Fake news becomes an issue in the Thai election as polling day nears with old battle lines emerging

March 20, 2019

Media, Politics, Thailand:

Election commission shows off its election war room to combat fake news on social media as poll approaches. Thai TV program airs fake audio clip… Read More ›

‘I’m not part of the elite’ vows Thanathorn as he gears up for political office after the Thai election

‘I’m not part of the elite’ vows Thanathorn as he gears up for political office after the Thai election

March 18, 2019

Economy, Media, Politics, Thailand:

No one knows the extent of the breakthrough, if any at all, that the Future Forward Party will achieve after the March 24th election but… Read More ›

Wanted Thai fraudster dies as he tried to evade police in disguise and cast his vote in Thailand’s election

Wanted Thai fraudster dies as he tried to evade police in disguise and cast his vote in Thailand’s election

March 17, 2019

Crime, Politics, Thailand:

Thai police were shocked to discover that a wanted 43 year old fraudster, who was sought by them on several provincial court warrants and in… Read More ›

Future Forward Party and leader are Thai junta’s worst nightmare in March 24th general election

Future Forward Party and leader are Thai junta’s worst nightmare in March 24th general election

March 14, 2019

Politics, Thailand:

Facing a projected record turnout in the March 24th election, there can be no doubt that the Thai public is enthusiastic. As well as 96%… Read More ›

Thai Raksa Chart Party disbanded by the Thai Constitutional Court in Bangkok after Princess PM move

Thai Raksa Chart Party disbanded by the Thai Constitutional Court in Bangkok after Princess PM move

March 7, 2019

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

Thai Constitutional Court disbands political party that stunned Thailand on February 8th last when it nominated Thai Princess Ubolratana, the older sister of the Thai… Read More ›

Kiwi who created a $50 million ‘legal high’ drugs empire in New Zealand dies in Thai prison after visa arrest

Kiwi who created a $50 million ‘legal high’ drugs empire in New Zealand dies in Thai prison after visa arrest

March 4, 2019

Crime, Foreigners, Thai World, Thailand:

Sad end for a Kiwi who was trail blazer in the world of synthetic drugs or ‘legal highs’ nearly a decade ago in New Zealand.… Read More ›

Internet tax waits as Thai government reveals a buoyant yield – many taxpayers receive a refund

Internet tax waits as Thai government reveals a buoyant yield – many taxpayers receive a refund

February 28, 2019

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

The fast take up in the rate of online income tax returns in Thailand augurs well for an emerging digital economy. The Thai Revenue Department… Read More ›

40 year old Thai billionaire and emerging election winner may face prosecution for Facebook post

40 year old Thai billionaire and emerging election winner may face prosecution for Facebook post

February 24, 2019

Personal, Politics, Thai World, Thailand:

The Future Forward Party and its radical leader could emerge after the March 24th election as a new voice in Thai politics and one of… Read More ›

Al Araibi could sue Australia as Thai officials suggest Bahrain’s extradition request was valid

Al Araibi could sue Australia as Thai officials suggest Bahrain’s extradition request was valid

February 19, 2019

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

The Head of Australia’s Border Force, Michael Outram, this week admitted that Australian officials indirectly caused the arrest of Hakeem Al Araibi in Thailand on November… Read More ›

Thailand’s economy is robustly healthy while strong baht piles pressure on western foreigners

Thailand’s economy is robustly healthy while strong baht piles pressure on western foreigners

February 17, 2019

Economy, Foreigners, Politics, Thai World, Thailand:

The latest growth figures to the end of 2018 are expected to underline the resilience of the Thai economy which is well balanced and has… Read More ›

UK lad was riding his motorbike illegally when killed in January – bike shop fined by Thai police for offence

UK lad was riding his motorbike illegally when killed in January – bike shop fined by Thai police for offence

February 13, 2019

Foreigners, Living, Thai World, Thailand:

Thai police have fined the motorbike shop that rented the motorbike that 17 year old Anthony Ryan was riding when he met his death on… Read More ›

Election commission calls for Thai court to disband political party which nominated the Thai princess

Election commission calls for Thai court to disband political party which nominated the Thai princess

February 12, 2019

Culture, Personal, Politics, Thai World, Thailand:

Thailand’s Election Commission confirmed on Wednesday that it had decided to recommend the dissolution of the Thai Raksa Chart party. It first appeared that it… Read More ›

Thailand faces economic and political tests in 2019 but soon joins the biggest trade bloc in the world

Thailand faces economic and political tests in 2019 but soon joins the biggest trade bloc in the world

February 11, 2019

Economy, Personal, Thai World, Thailand:

Thailand is pressing hard to forge export markets and keep its economy powered up as deteriorating world conditions as well as the political turbulence and… Read More ›

Thai King intervenes to put a stop to a controversial political move that could have turned politics on its head

Thai King intervenes to put a stop to a controversial political move that could have turned politics on its head

February 9, 2019

Culture, Personal, Politics, Thai World, Thailand:

In the aftermath of the Thai King’s intervention via a statement published through the Thai Royal Gazette, it is now clear that he may have… Read More ›

Australian officials made the error which plunged Bahraini footballer into a legal and jail nightmare

Australian officials made the error which plunged Bahraini footballer into a legal and jail nightmare

February 6, 2019

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

The appearance of Bahraini footballer Hakeem Al Araibi, shackled before a Thai court this week, caused quite an outburst of ill will towards Thailand and Thai… Read More ›

Google gearing up to help Thai voters get the best election outcome for news and media political coverage

Google gearing up to help Thai voters get the best election outcome for news and media political coverage

February 5, 2019

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

In a week that saw Google’s parent company, Alphabet, announce record profits and investment, Thailand’s political parties are finalizing candidates for the March 24th General… Read More ›