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Thailand

Heaven Doesn’t Divide—Why This Gulf?

Morlam song practices still resound, even if criminalised, depoliticised and silenced.

NBSEAS: “Future Forward: The Rise and Fall of a Thai Political Party”

Duncan McCargo and Anyarat Chattharakul have analysed the stunning rise and fall of this party in their co-authored book.

Thailand’s COVID-19 prisons outbreak: time for an early release?

Large COVID outbreaks in prisons are only a part of a bigger problem in terms of the state overlooking the welfare of prisoners.

Stopping anti-union discrimination in Thailand

Anti-union discrimination supported by the state, fragmentation of Thai enterprises, and a paternalistic regime all contribute to low levels of unionisation.

“Thank you for seeing our worth”: amid a pandemic, Redshirts joined Thailand’s youth-led protests

Resistance in Ubon Ratchathani has historically endured repression and recently pandemic

Bussaraporn Thongchai’s work draws on her experiences with women victims of human trafficking

The subjects of the drawings are "always conscious of being different and an outsider, a target of racial vilification, a slave."

A censored thesis then a defamation lawsuit: academic freedom in Thailand

Dr Nattapoll's case is part of a broader pattern of SLAPP (Strategic Lawsuit Against Public Participation) cases.

The Thai Navy’s ‘no-response response’ to the proposed re-establishment of the US First Fleet

The re-establishment of the First Fleet holds significant implications for Thailand’s small navy.

The gentrification of Chulalongkorn University

On the displacement of the traditional communities and vendors who reside on land owned by Thailand's oldest university.

From ‘being Thai’ to ‘being human’: Thailand’s protests and redefining the nation

The People’s Party 2020 is redefining the nation by withdrawing the condition of "Thainess".

The pro-democracy monks joining Thailand’s protests

"The protesting monks question the Sangha Council’s silence toward radical right-wing monks but relentless effort to suppress democratically minded ones."

Thailand’s protests and preventing a ‘second 6 October’

The rising wave of peaceful protests in Thailand has reached a critical juncture where the state’s response will determine whether another event of mass bloodshed is written into Thai history.

Division and unity: anticipating the regime’s response to Thailand’s protests

Pro-democracy groups have taken to the streets in the past, only to see agents provocateurs and royalist reactionaries mobilised to generate confrontation and violence.

Thailand’s network monarchy revisited

Monarchy network data revealed through Yoshinori Nishizaki’s research explains one of the pivotal moments in modern Thai history, writes Craig Reynolds.

Corruption and power plays in the Royal Thai Navy’s new leadership

In the wake of the annual military reshuffle, the dominant faction in the Royal Thai Navy is facing a juncture due to two recent corruption scandals.

The constitutional rot behind Thailand’s emergency decree

Constitutional rot can eventually lead to a full-blown crisis where no one obeys the highest laws of the land, descending into a perfect chaos.

Emerging dynamics among Southeast Asia’s Nepali diaspora

Associations and the polyvocality of social media can bring to fore diverse meanings of being in the diaspora

“Red rim soldiers”: the changing leadership of Thailand’s military in 2020

The palace is working to fill leading army positions with its own faction—the Red Rim Group.

Constitutional amendment in Thailand needs consensus first

Will the current push for amendments lead to a fairer and more participatory constitution?

The ten demands that shook Thailand

Behind the student protests for reforms to the monarchy that are shaking the century-old foundations of Thailand's political system.

Lèse-majesté’s new face hides old tricks

Modern techniques to block online criticism of Thailand's monarchy are paired with the familiar stirring of royalist-nationalist sentiment.

Moral economies: the politics of donation in Thailand under COVID-19

During the pandemic, “immodest” or ungrateful receiving by the poor has been strongly denounced both by the state and middle-class donors.

Thailand’s King Vajiralongkorn: turning back time

The king is reviving the life of his absolutist forebears while trying to bring the military under control.