Migration push among young-gen Thais ignites fierce debate over country’s direction

Thai social media has lit up with heated debate about citizens who have vowed to leave the country over growing frustration with the government’s COVID-19 vaccination policy. Both sides of the political divide, including scholars and political analysts, have been trading barbs and arguments since the launch of the “Yai Prathet Kan Ther” (Let’s Move […]

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Community Empowerment Based on Social Capital in the Deep South

The Southern Border Provinces Administrative Center (SBPAC) and Prince of Songkla University, Pattani Campus, have discussed ways to empower local communities in the southern border provinces based on the use of social capital and local culture.   SBPAC Secretary-General Rear Admiral Somkiat Pholprayoon on 4 May 2021 led a group of officials to hold a […]

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Viral interest in moving out of Thailand sparks debate and some backlash

The current interest among Thais in moving abroad, with nearly 763,000 members joining a newly created Facebook group and the Thai hashtag “Let’s Move Abroad” among top Twitter trends, has sparked much discussion, debate and backlash about the state of Thailand and love for one’s home country. With countless posts asking for and sharing tips […]

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DES to oversee “Let’s Move Abroad” Facebook group

Thailand’s Ministry of Digital Economy and Society is setting up a committee to oversee a Facebook group called “Let’s Move Abroad”, after receiving complaints that some users are posting material that offends the monarchy and could incite conflict. The DES minister, Chaiwat Thanakamanusorn, said that members posting helpful information related to studying and finding jobs […]

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Well known song writer Chalee Intharavichit has died at 98

One of Thailand’s most celebrated and prolific song writers and national artist Chalee Intarawichit died in the early hours of Tuesday, at the age of 98. The legend died after treatment for heart disease and diabetes at Siriraj Hospital. Having penned more than 1,000 Thai songs throughout his career, Mr. Chalee also starred in several […]

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American academic who wrote about Thailand’s lèse majesté law granted visa

David Streckfuss, an American academic who has been involved in pro-democracy activities and written articles about the kingdom’s lèse majesté law, was granted a work visa on Monday (May 3). The visa issuance was announced amid growing concerns that Streckfuss would be another victim of the crackdown on the pro-democracy movement. In March, his academic […]

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Is murky past about to catch up with govt ‘fixer’ Thamanat?

  When General Prawit Wongsuwan took control of the ruling Palang Pracharath Party in June last year, among his core tasks was to manage the internal power struggle between party factions. The deputy PM’s first move was to oust the “Four Boys” from the Cabinet and party executive. The Four Boys oversaw Thailand’s economy and […]

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