New Books on Southeast Asia: Chris Baker on “A History of Thailand”
about 6 days ago
This new edition contains a new chapter on Thailand's turbulent politics since 2006 and incorporates new sources and research throughout.
“Mandatory” deaths for the poor, get out of jail free card for the rich in Asia
about 1 week ago
The fact that dirty money needs to be cleaned provides opportunities for law enforcement agencies in ASEAN to collectively monitor drug lords and drug traffickers.
New Books in Southeast Asian Studies: Supalak Ganjanakhundee on “A Soldier King”
about 3 weeks ago
...how far can earlier interpretations of Thai politics be adapted to explain the growing influence of the monarchy...
Thailand breaks away from Southeast Asia’s brutally punitive drug policies
about 4 weeks ago
On 9 June 2022, people lined up to make their first legal purchases of cannabis.
Brewing for democracy: digital activism & the #MilkTeaAlliance
about 2 months ago
Digital activism, identity, and transnational contentious politics
2019 ELECTIONS #เลือกตั้ง62SEE ALL THAILAND POSTS
Future Forward successfully convinced younger Thais to give democracy another try, argues Khemthong Tonsakulrungruang.
Previously politically disengaged members of the population are joining organised political activity alongside older red shirt activist groups.
"Very few MP candidates actually call themselves “true believers” in the Future Forward ideology."
Online, it was the least active party which proved the most popular during the 2019 Thai election, meaning supporters mobilised with little direction from above.
History and electoral reality suggest that the 2019 elections will deliver another “wasted coup”.
General Prayuth may lead a government after elections this month, but his authority within the armed forces has long been waning.
The editor of "The Nation" talks to New Mandala.
Understanding Thailand's elections may require looking beyond national politics.
The redshirt movement endures at the ballot box.
Paul Chambers on King Vajiralongkorn's expanding control over state forces
เลือกตั้ง 62: ชนชั้นนำแตกเป็นเสี่ยงและประชานิยมทางการเมือง
Thanathorn has made clear that the Future Forward Party has no intentions of being a Pheu Thai shadow.
PARTIES, COURTS AND OTHER INSTITUTIONSSEE ALL THAILAND POSTS
Paul Chambers looks back at the politicisation of the Royal Thai Police, before turning to the palace's recent personalisation of authority over an institution often overshadowed by the military.
Around 3,000 public servants have volunteered to attend intensive “boot camps” at a military base in Bangkok.
In the 2019 election, a sizeable portion of the military proxy party’s electoral candidates were “pulled” (phalang dud) from other parties.
What’s the role of a Constitutional Court in a military dictatorship? On the dissolution of Thai Raksa Chart
In Thailand, the function of the constitution is not to limit the power of the king, but to reflect the king’s will.
The annual military reshuffle shows a military leadership in transition.
RESISTANCE AND MOVEMENTSSEE ALL THAILAND POSTS
Why did the perpetrators treat the bodies of the deceased so savagely—in public before thousands of eyes?
Thai laws oblige ISPs to relinquish identifying data to authorities during criminal investigations.
ยุคของ “แดง ปะทะ เหลือง” ในประเทศไทยจบแล้วจริงหรือ?
The collection of facial recognition data to identify separatist insurgents in the deep south will only feed distrust towards the Thai state.
The Facebook group "Royalists Marketplace", a platform for discussion on all things monarchy, is a microcosm of burgeoning criticism against Thailand's new king.
Red-shirt leader Jatuporn Prompan and former yellow-shirt leader Suriyasai Katasila agree—pessimistically—that Thailand's coming elections are merely one stage in a cycle of political instability.
ART AND CULTURESEE ALL THAILAND POSTS
During the 1960–70s, Thai government agencies distributed vinyl records to raise awareness of elections. As historical documents, they offer insight into the country's turbulent political history.
Amid assassinations and forced disappearances of Thai dissidents abroad, a dissident publisher reflects on what it means to “survive” under “Democracy with the King as the Head of State".
What bleak stories can be told about what Thailand will be like in a decade, when Thais have already lived under nearly five years of military rule? The film Ten Years Thailand grapples with that very question.
The young rappers who shot to national attention when they released Prathet Ku Mi honed their skills in a vibrant Thai indie rap scene that has been growing bigger in recent years—and growing more political, too.
The idea of finding the El Dorado of Asia is a continuing obsession.
RELIGIONSEE ALL THAILAND POSTS
What do the late King Bhumibol and former Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra have in common? They're both alumni of Catholic private schools.
During the pandemic, “immodest” or ungrateful receiving by the poor has been strongly denounced both by the state and middle-class donors.
Thailand’s military government has passed an amendment to the Sangha Act that places the power to appoint and remove the twenty members of the Sangha Council, the highest governing body in the Thai Buddhist order, under the king’s power.