Politics

Chemical pesticide ban will have a severe economic impact on Thailand say US officials who asked for delay

Chemical pesticide ban will have a severe economic impact on Thailand say US officials who asked for delay

October 25, 2019

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

A series of letters have emerged detailing a vigorous and comprehensive campaign by the US Department of Agriculture and embassy officials to alert the Thai… Read More ›

Thai Airways in peril – boss tells executives there is ‘not much time’ to save the airline from closure 

Thai Airways in peril – boss tells executives there is ‘not much time’ to save the airline from closure 

October 23, 2019

Economy, Foreigners, Politics, Thai World, Thailand:

The airline has confirmed it is reviewing every aspect of its operations including all routes as it scrambles to stem unsustainable losses with a viability… Read More ›

GPS policing to be studied for all cars and motorbikes in Thailand to curb road accidents, deaths and carnage

GPS policing to be studied for all cars and motorbikes in Thailand to curb road accidents, deaths and carnage

October 23, 2019

Living, Personal, Politics, Thai World, Thailand:

Transport Minister Saksayam Chidchob has ordered a study into the proposed plan and acknowledges that a law will be required to protect driver’s rights if… Read More ›

Army chief’s dramatic volte-face on appearing before a House committee on Monday in transit 

Army chief’s dramatic volte-face on appearing before a House committee on Monday in transit 

October 22, 2019

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There was concerned speculation among opposition politicians over the weekend that the passionate army leader may emerge as a successor to General Prayut when his… Read More ›

MP transferred to Bang Kwang prison and placed on death row as court orders him to resign his seat

MP transferred to Bang Kwang prison and placed on death row as court orders him to resign his seat

October 19, 2019

Crime, Personal, Politics, Thai World, Thailand:

The conviction and death sentence imposed on a 52-year old Pheu Thai MP has not only shocked the Thai political establishment and his own party… Read More ›

Farmers pesticide ban may have repercussions for PM either way ahead of the crunch decision

Farmers pesticide ban may have repercussions for PM either way ahead of the crunch decision

October 19, 2019

Economy, Foreigners, Politics, Thai World, Thailand:

A policy research expert from the Thailand Development Research Institute has said that government policy should be made on sound economic and scientific grounds, not… Read More ›

Thanthorn confident of victory in Constitutional Court case brought by Election Commission

Thanthorn confident of victory in Constitutional Court case brought by Election Commission

October 18, 2019

Personal, Politics, Thai World, Thailand:

The case has sparked wider debate in Thailand about the stringency of the new electoral laws. On one hand, many activists view the current approach… Read More ›

Summit being targeted to announce world’s biggest trade pact with Thailand at the helm

Summit being targeted to announce world’s biggest trade pact with Thailand at the helm

October 17, 2019

Economy, Foreigners, Politics, Thai World, Thailand:

Veteran 63-year-old minister is coordinating negotiations between the 16 member states that are party to the huge economic partnership. He is working towards an official… Read More ›

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

Foreigners, Politics, Thai World, 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, Personal, Politics, Thai World, 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

Foreigners, Media, Politics, Thai World, 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

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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

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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

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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

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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 ›