Politics

Former minister pleads not guilty to chilling abduction and murder of judge’s older brother in fraud case

Former minister pleads not guilty to chilling abduction and murder of judge’s older brother in fraud case

May 23, 2020

Crime, Politics, Thailand:

On Friday, a former minister and four codefendants pleaded not guilty while one of those charged owned up before the law to the appalling crime.… Read More ›

Thai Airways and its workers face an uncertain future as it prepares to fly into bankruptcy protection in June

Thai Airways and its workers face an uncertain future as it prepares to fly into bankruptcy protection in June

May 22, 2020

Economy, Politics, Thailand:

As Thai Airways readies itself to file for bankruptcy with mandarins at the Ministry of Transport now firmly in control, many questions remain. Not least,… Read More ›

Minister reports encouraging news as national vaccine goes forward to the next stage in trials on monkeys

Minister reports encouraging news as national vaccine goes forward to the next stage in trials on monkeys

May 21, 2020

Living, Politics, Thailand:

Tests on mice showed a high level of antibodies as the modern vaccine prototype developed by Thai scientists and medical experts moves forward to be… Read More ›

Thai Airways to file for bankruptcy in survival and restructuring plan which could still see jobs lost as it unfolds

Thai Airways to file for bankruptcy in survival and restructuring plan which could still see jobs lost as it unfolds

May 19, 2020

Economy, Politics, Thailand:

State airline is to use the bankruptcy procedures as part of a rehabilitation plan being considered by the Thai government. The cabinet made the critical… Read More ›

Thailand stuck in a ‘vicious cycle’ which will lead to further military coups says leading academic 

Thailand stuck in a ‘vicious cycle’ which will lead to further military coups says leading academic 

May 17, 2020

Media, Politics, Thailand:

Thailand’s Redshirt protests in 2010 will be in focus this week as the Progressive Movement launch their documentary ‘The Look of Silence’ from Indonesia. Academics… Read More ›

Political conflict beamed back into public focus as the kingdom struggles to find its economic legs during crisis

Political conflict beamed back into public focus as the kingdom struggles to find its economic legs during crisis

May 13, 2020

Foreigners, More News from Thailand, Politics, Thailand:

Progressive Movement led by ex Future Forward leaders unveiled as the orchestrator behind Sunday’s political messages laser projected onto buildings in Bangkok raising the spectre… Read More ›

‘New normal’ life and economy could be here for 9 months warns Thai Prime Minister on Tuesday at briefing

‘New normal’ life and economy could be here for 9 months warns Thai Prime Minister on Tuesday at briefing

May 6, 2020

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

Life in Thailand reopens to a ‘new normal’ existence with the effects of the virus expected to be with the kingdom for 6 to 9… Read More ›

Emergency decree extended by Thai government but politics behind the scenes abuzz with PPP party heave

Emergency decree extended by Thai government but politics behind the scenes abuzz with PPP party heave

April 28, 2020

Living, Personal, Politics, Thai World, Thailand:

The extension of Thailand’s emergency decree and a ban on all inbound passenger flights does not mean that lockdown restrictions may not be eased selectively… Read More ›

92% of suicides due to the virus are among the self-employed according to expert research group in academia

92% of suicides due to the virus are among the self-employed according to expert research group in academia

April 26, 2020

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

Suicides and deaths driven by people suffering economic hardship have just begun to spike in Thailand as the government and PM Prayuth Chan ocha carefully… Read More ›

Covid 19 electricity price reductions overshadowed by reports of skyrocketing energy bills nationwide

Covid 19 electricity price reductions overshadowed by reports of skyrocketing energy bills nationwide

April 21, 2020

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

Hard-pressed households looking forward to electricity price reductions instead this week were confronted with startling increases in bills well beyond the seasonal rise in demand… Read More ›

Government moves to clarify that it is not seeking cash from the kingdom’s richest business leaders in overture

Government moves to clarify that it is not seeking cash from the kingdom’s richest business leaders in overture

April 19, 2020

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

Government officials deny that invitations to Thailand’s top 20 tycoons to play their part in effecting the country’s economic recovery is a ‘begging’ exercise. They… Read More ›

PM calls in business tycoons to help the country crawl back to economic normality after virus catastrophe

PM calls in business tycoons to help the country crawl back to economic normality after virus catastrophe

April 18, 2020

Economy, Personal, Politics, Thai World, Thailand:

On Friday night, the Thai Prime Minister appeared to face up to the huge economic challenge confronting the kingdom as it takes its first steps… Read More ›

Trump’s WHO decision and strident criticism of a cover-up just another big headache for Thailand right now

Trump’s WHO decision and strident criticism of a cover-up just another big headache for Thailand right now

April 16, 2020

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

Trump’s WHO call will present Thai authorities with another problem as they still face the virus challenge and tricky efforts to restart and preserve the… Read More ›

Lockdown review at the end of April as TOT brings forward plans to use phone boxes for virus testing

Lockdown review at the end of April as TOT brings forward plans to use phone boxes for virus testing

April 15, 2020

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

PM says the government may consider easing lockdown measures in the last week of April as two more deaths, a Chiang Mai woman and a… Read More ›

Challenge of defeating both a health and economic emergency a big ask for Thailand’s government in crisis mode

Challenge of defeating both a health and economic emergency a big ask for Thailand’s government in crisis mode

April 10, 2020

Economy, Personal, Politics, Thai World, Thailand:

Putting Thailand back on track economically after the Covid 19 virus emergency may be a far more difficult job than overcoming the health threat. Even… Read More ›

Thailand and US aim for a new more ‘proactive’ trading relationship as ambassador meets Prayuth

Thailand and US aim for a new more ‘proactive’ trading relationship as ambassador meets Prayuth

April 8, 2020

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

Today’s meeting between the PM and American Ambassador say Thai sources could lead to a more ‘proactive’ trading relationship. General Prayuth revealed that he had… Read More ›

Virus may be partially airborne and Minister right in face mask fracas according to new US research

Virus may be partially airborne and Minister right in face mask fracas according to new US research

April 5, 2020

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

World Health Organisation has consistently described reports of airborne transmission of the virus as ‘fake news’ but recent research in the US and a letter… Read More ›

Emergency could be extended as more people present themselves at hospitals due to the coronavirus

Emergency could be extended as more people present themselves at hospitals due to the coronavirus

April 1, 2020

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

BANGKOK: Thailand announced 2 more deaths on Wednesday bringing the total to 12 with 120 new infections. There are currently, however, 1,771 confirmed cases with… Read More ›

Huge demand for emergency supports with over 20 million to apply for self employed payments

Huge demand for emergency supports with over 20 million to apply for self employed payments

March 30, 2020

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

BANGKOK: As well as creating a huge technical problem for the Ministry of Finance website with over 10 times the load or public demand on… Read More ›

Still a chance to avoid a curfew or lockdown if the public stays at home over the coming 7 days to quell virus

Still a chance to avoid a curfew or lockdown if the public stays at home over the coming 7 days to quell virus

March 28, 2020

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

BANGKOK: The figures for infections are expected to skyrocket between now and April 15th even in the best-case scenario but the government is hoping to… Read More ›