Politics

Former Pheu Thai finance minister expresses unease about US regional moves to counter China 

Former Pheu Thai finance minister expresses unease about US regional moves to counter China 

May 23, 2022

Economy, Living, Politics, Thailand:

The statement raises a question about the Pheu Thai Party’s position as well as that of Thaksin Shinawatra towards efforts by the current US administration… Read More ›

Prayut unveils 3 ‘R’ strategy for a deeper and broader partnership with the US on the economy

Prayut unveils 3 ‘R’ strategy for a deeper and broader partnership with the US on the economy

May 15, 2022

Culture, Economy, Politics, Thailand:

In an address to an audience representing the growing US Thai community, he spoke of his government’s success in maintaining stability, introducing new legislation and… Read More ›

Face masks to be still needed in Thailand even after the emergency said Minster Anutin this week

Face masks to be still needed in Thailand even after the emergency said Minster Anutin this week

May 13, 2022

Economy, Living, Politics, Thailand:

Minister still on a mission about face masks. A key committee within the Ministry of Public Health is looking to make sure that the public,… Read More ›

US to unveil new economic relations framework for Asia at ASEAN Summit as China warns of new cold war

US to unveil new economic relations framework for Asia at ASEAN Summit as China warns of new cold war

May 11, 2022

Culture, Economy, Politics, Thailand:

US ASEAN Summit is a contrast to the 2016 event with some tough talking expected behind the scenes as the United States continues to pursue… Read More ›

PM is running out of time and confidence as opposition plots heave against him in June or July 

PM is running out of time and confidence as opposition plots heave against him in June or July 

May 10, 2022

Economy, Politics, Thailand:

Embattled PM stresses that his government has preserved peace and stability and says any radical plans to boost incomes and address inequality will require a… Read More ›

Southeast Asia’s biggest online retailer Lazada landed in hot water in Thailand over Tik Tok video ad skit

Southeast Asia’s biggest online retailer Lazada landed in hot water in Thailand over Tik Tok video ad skit

May 9, 2022

Culture, Economy, Media, Politics, Thailand:

Tik Tok video featuring a transgender influencer joking with a disabled person in a wheelchair sparks fury across Thailand from royalists who claim the skit… Read More ›

Thailand and Japan announce defence pact on visit by Japanese PM to Bangkok ahead of US summit

Thailand and Japan announce defence pact on visit by Japanese PM to Bangkok ahead of US summit

May 3, 2022

Economy, Politics, Thailand:

Western powers are moving to counter China’s expansionism in the region with the Quad pact in 2017 and the AUKUS military alliance between the United… Read More ›

Both sides of the political divide agree a General Election will be called before the end of 2022

Both sides of the political divide agree a General Election will be called before the end of 2022

April 29, 2022

Foreigners, More News from Thailand, Politics, Thailand:

The key question that may determine the outcome of the election will be the voting system used with the fate of two bills being progressed… Read More ›

Anutin may agree to abolish Thailand Pass but wants all foreign tourists to have booster shots for easy access

Anutin may agree to abolish Thailand Pass but wants all foreign tourists to have booster shots for easy access

April 27, 2022

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

Calls for a wider reopening are coming at a time when Thai political parties are gearing up for a General Election likely to be called… Read More ›

Pheu Thai calls for a landslide win but a crisis is a rising prospect if new voting laws flounder in parliament

Pheu Thai calls for a landslide win but a crisis is a rising prospect if new voting laws flounder in parliament

April 24, 2022

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

Failure to pass two laws amending the country’s voting process is not only a possibility but also very much fraught with danger, one that is… Read More ›

US ASEAN summit as ‘dangerous directions’ now emerging in Asia as China’s regional power rises

US ASEAN summit as ‘dangerous directions’ now emerging in Asia as China’s regional power rises

April 20, 2022

Economy, Personal, Politics, Thai World, Thailand:

The summit is being seen as a chance by the United States to reset its relationship with ASEAN and its member states but the bloc… Read More ›

Decision time on plans to ease further restrictions on foreign tourists with strong conflicting views at this time

Decision time on plans to ease further restrictions on foreign tourists with strong conflicting views at this time

April 18, 2022

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

Minister of Public Health Anutin Charnvirakul on Monday was more cautious when he confirmed that the government was moving towards endemic status but stressed that… Read More ›

Former Democrat boss gets bail on three charges including one of rape before a court in Bangkok

Former Democrat boss gets bail on three charges including one of rape before a court in Bangkok

April 17, 2022

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

As a fifth complaint emerged on Saturday before the Metropolitan Police Bureau deputy chief Police Major General Trairong Phewpan, on Sunday, emphasised that women making… Read More ›

Thai Me too moment as top party leader to face sex charges as women come forward with reports

Thai Me too moment as top party leader to face sex charges as women come forward with reports

April 16, 2022

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

On Friday, one 30-year-old woman, Hathairat ‘Ann’ Thanakitamnuay or Anna Vidhyaphum, the wife of former Democrat Party turned street protester and political activist, Tanat Thanakitamnuay… Read More ›

Rapper charged for his part in a ping pong bomb attack on the Bangkok home of the PM last Sunday

Rapper charged for his part in a ping pong bomb attack on the Bangkok home of the PM last Sunday

April 15, 2022

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

Police at Bangkok’s Ta Rua Police Station in a follow-up search of Thanayut Na Ayudhaya’s home in Klong Toey unearthed explosives. The 20-year-old critically acclaimed… Read More ›

Defiant Thanathorn vows to prove his innocence after being charged with Lèse-majesté offence in Bangkok 

Defiant Thanathorn vows to prove his innocence after being charged with Lèse-majesté offence in Bangkok 

April 12, 2022

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

The latest charges against Thanathorn Juangroongruangkit, a key political activist and opponent of the government, have been anticipated for some time ever since the Prime… Read More ›

US sanctions on Russia part of a ‘profound’ geopolitical shift to Asia as many US firms leave China

US sanctions on Russia part of a ‘profound’ geopolitical shift to Asia as many US firms leave China

April 11, 2022

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

US President Biden’s key policy adviser for the Indo Pacific on the National Security Council has told an Asia Pacific summit organised by a Washington… Read More ›

Fears growing that Covid may yet derail plans to reopen fully to foreign tourism from July 1st next

Fears growing that Covid may yet derail plans to reopen fully to foreign tourism from July 1st next

April 8, 2022

Economy, Personal, Politics, Thai World, Thailand:

The news comes with rising foreign tourist arrivals from April reportedly up by 66% this week as the requirement for a pre-departure test and a… Read More ›

Stalled Chinese submarine shines light on Rolls Royce firm supplying engines to China’s military

Stalled Chinese submarine shines light on Rolls Royce firm supplying engines to China’s military

April 7, 2022

Foreigners, More News from Thailand, Politics, Thailand:

The spotlight on Thailand’s submarine deal with China is also linked to the altered geopolitical environment after the Russian invasion of Ukraine with heightened sensitivity… Read More ›

Poll supports retention of the one ballot election process which would torpedo Pheu Thai landslide hopes

Poll supports retention of the one ballot election process which would torpedo Pheu Thai landslide hopes

April 4, 2022

Foreigners, More News from Thailand, Politics, Thailand:

The developments over the last week including a key committee vote in parliament on March 28th not to allow synchronised numbering for parties and candidates… Read More ›