Politics

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 ›

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 ›

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 ›

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 ›

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 ›

US President agrees to visit Thailand for the 35th ASEAN Summit later this year in Bangkok from October 31st

US President agrees to visit Thailand for the 35th ASEAN Summit later this year in Bangkok from October 31st

September 26, 2019

Foreigners, Politics, Thai World, Thailand:

Speculation about the visit comes as there is an acceptance of the growing importance of the ASEAN bloc of nations as a pivotal force in… Read More ›

Tourists to Thailand will be required to have a valid licence to ride a motorbike under new order

Tourists to Thailand will be required to have a valid licence to ride a motorbike under new order

September 25, 2019

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

The death last year of 17-year-old Anthony Ryan from the UK, the eldest of five sons from Bradford, stands out but scarcely a week goes… Read More ›

Thaksin’s son faces money-laundering ruling relating to ‘suspicious’ ฿10 million payment

Thaksin’s son faces money-laundering ruling relating to ‘suspicious’ ฿10 million payment

September 25, 2019

Crime, Personal, Politics, Thai World, Thailand:

Case centres on a ฿10 million payment made by cheque from Mr Krisdathanon of the Krisda Mahanakorn Plc to 39-year-old Mr Shinawatara which has been… Read More ›

Pheu Thai MP sentenced to death for the murder of a man he believed had an affair with his wife in Khon Kaen

Pheu Thai MP sentenced to death for the murder of a man he believed had an affair with his wife in Khon Kaen

September 24, 2019

Crime, Personal, Politics, Thai World, Thailand:

In 2017, two policeman and three other men were sentenced to death for the murder of the provincial official but four of them had their… 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 ›

Thai PM gets warm welcome from expats in New York as he visits to speak to the UN this week

Thai PM gets warm welcome from expats in New York as he visits to speak to the UN this week

September 23, 2019

Personal, Politics, Thai World, Thailand:

The Prime Minister is accompanied on the trip by Foreign Affairs Minister Don Pramudwinai and Environment Minister Varawut Silpa-archa. The visit coincides with weeks of… Read More ›

Thailand and China to forge closer ties across a range of areas as high-level envoy meets Thai PM

Thailand and China to forge closer ties across a range of areas as high-level envoy meets Thai PM

September 20, 2019

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

Thai Princess among only six foreigners to receive the prestigious Chinese medal of friendship issued by a decree signed by the Chinese President this week.… Read More ›

Thai PM floats suggestion of moving capital away from Bangkok to ease chronic city congestion

Thai PM floats suggestion of moving capital away from Bangkok to ease chronic city congestion

September 19, 2019

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

Last year government sources heralded Bangkok as the ‘Geneva of Asia’ with a new law making it easier to recognise international bodies diplomatically. The suggestion… 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 ›

Pope’s second cousin is a school principal in Udon Thani and looks forward to meeting him again

Pope’s second cousin is a school principal in Udon Thani and looks forward to meeting him again

September 15, 2019

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

Visit by Pope Francis will be the second by a pontiff and the first papal visit since the historic visit of Pope John Paul II… 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 ›