Politics

Prime Minister welcomes news that Thai economy is the world’s happiest in Bloomberg index for a second year

Prime Minister welcomes news that Thai economy is the world’s happiest in Bloomberg index for a second year

April 21, 2019

Culture, Economy, Politics, Thailand:

The Thai Prime Minister Prayut Chan ocha has welcomed this week’s Bloomberg Misery Index which lists Thailand as the least miserable country in the world… Read More ›

Thailand’s top economic officials warn politicians that a stable government and leadership is needed

Thailand’s top economic officials warn politicians that a stable government and leadership is needed

April 21, 2019

Economy, Politics, Thailand:

Right now Thailand’s economy is being held hostage by events on the international stage increasingly driven by a hawkish tone since the advent of Trump… Read More ›

Cannabis may become a political issue as raid on Suphan Buri foundation exposes limits of new law

Cannabis may become a political issue as raid on Suphan Buri foundation exposes limits of new law

April 7, 2019

Culture, Politics, Thailand:

The raid and arrest of a staff member of the Suphan Buri province based Khao Kwan Foundation this week highlights the difficulties that now exist… Read More ›

Stakes high for Thanathorn as police suggest they have enough evidence for trial on 2015 sedition charge

Stakes high for Thanathorn as police suggest they have enough evidence for trial on 2015 sedition charge

April 4, 2019

Politics, Thailand:

Two versions of the evening of June 24th at Pathum Wan police station in Bangkok are emerging. In one, Thai authorities are suggesting that a… Read More ›

Maybe time for westerners to listen carefully to Thailand’s army leader and conservative Thai voices

Maybe time for westerners to listen carefully to Thailand’s army leader and conservative Thai voices

April 4, 2019

Politics, Thailand:

To many westerners the Thai army is perceived as an anti democratic force that has a history of initiating coups against democratically elected governments in… Read More ›

Surprise sedition charge against Future Forward leader appears on Wednesday over 2015 protest

Surprise sedition charge against Future Forward leader appears on Wednesday over 2015 protest

April 3, 2019

Personal, Politics, Thai World, Thailand:

Future Forward Party leader handed another legal headache when he returned home to find a sedition charge awaiting him. The young political leader must now… Read More ›

Thaksin, Thailand’s ex premier, has previous honours removed by the military and monarchy within days

Thaksin, Thailand’s ex premier, has previous honours removed by the military and monarchy within days

April 1, 2019

Personal, Politics, Thai World, Thailand:

Thaksin’s honours were removed by royal command last weekend in statement in the Royal Gazette which alluded to his flight from Thailand, breaking bail conditions… Read More ›

Thailand’s election result: Prayuth will return as Prime Minister with big turnout and new political landscape

Thailand’s election result: Prayuth will return as Prime Minister with big turnout and new political landscape

March 24, 2019

Economy, Foreigners, Politics, Thai World, Thailand:

Thailand’s Prime Minister, Prayut Chan ocha, looks set to retain the premiership when the new parliament meets at the end of May or early June… Read More ›

Thai princess attends lavish wedding event hosted ex Thai premier Thaksin Shinawatra in Hong Kong

Thai princess attends lavish wedding event hosted ex Thai premier Thaksin Shinawatra in Hong Kong

March 23, 2019

Personal, Politics, Thai World, Thailand:

A wedding reception for the youngest daughter of Thaksin Shinawatra and her commercial airline husband gave us another glimpse of the influence that the ex… Read More ›

Legal sex toys and 24 hour adult entertainment venues are key questions for Thai society

Legal sex toys and 24 hour adult entertainment venues are key questions for Thai society

March 21, 2019

Culture, Personal, Politics, Thai World, Thailand:

A colorful political party is canvassing enthusiastically throughout Thailand on a platform of liberalising the sale of sex toys and allowing adult entertainment venues to… Read More ›

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

Thai people in early voting in first election since 2014 coup but junta has a head start under the constititution

Thai people in early voting in first election since 2014 coup but junta has a head start under the constititution

March 17, 2019

More News from Thailand, Personal, Politics, Thailand:

Huge enthusiasm among Thai voters as they come out to exercise their democratic voice in electing a new Thai government under the 2017 Constitution which… 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, More News from Thailand, Personal, 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

Personal, Politics, Thai World, 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 ›

Market conditions for Honda motorbikes may be a signpost for a stalling Thai economy in 2019

Market conditions for Honda motorbikes may be a signpost for a stalling Thai economy in 2019

March 11, 2019

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

Honda Motorbikes has 80% of the Thai motorbike market. It is a good bellwether for the Thai economy with the market made up largely of… Read More ›

Thailand’s Pandin Dharma Party says Buddhism is under threat as it campaigns against Muslim influence

Thailand’s Pandin Dharma Party says Buddhism is under threat as it campaigns against Muslim influence

March 8, 2019

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

The Thai General Election on March 24th will see over 80 political parties battling it out for 50 seats in the lower house in the… 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 ›

Thailand passes new cyber security law allowing authorities more power to fight cyber crime and threats

Thailand passes new cyber security law allowing authorities more power to fight cyber crime and threats

March 2, 2019

Economy, Living, Politics, Thailand:

The new law has been defended by some law makers and officials as essential to security but it does widen the powers of the government.… 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 ›