Thailand

33rd ASEAN Summit: Analysis and key takeaways

Singapore can now breathe easier as the 33rd ASEAN Summit came to a close yesterday, marking the end of its chairmanship. The second ASEAN summit of the year was a “star-studded affair” compared to the earlier one held in April.

16 November 2018
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The fate of Muay Thai

Last week, Thai media reported that a group of prominent Thai boxing (Muay Thai) fighters had handed in a letter to the Sports Authority of Thailand to protest a new bill which seeks to ban children from fighting in the ring.

6 November 2018
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Pakistani Christians fear arrest in Thailand

His family of seven share two small, squalid rooms in a cockroach-infested Bangkok apartment. But like many Pakistani Christians living illegally in Thailand, Farooz's sharpest worry is not poverty but arrest.

6 November 2018
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Thai junta’s response to viral rap flops

The hip-hop group whose savage lyrical attack on Thailand's repressive junta that has been viewed over 26 million times has received an unlikely rap riposte from authorities armed with a tame ditty urging people to "do your best today and tomorrow".

4 November 2018
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Rap song challenges junta

A song entitled “What my country's got” (Prathet Goo Mee) by Thai rap group Rap Against Dictatorship is making waves on the internet.

31 October 2018
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Thailand’s largest party braces for polls

Thailand’s Pheu Thai party has chosen 86-year-old senior party member Viroj Pao-in to lead the country’s main opposition party to challenge the ruling junta as it prepares for upcoming elections which are slated to take place in

30 October 2018
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Thailand paves the way for renewables

Similar to many other growing Southeast Asian countries, Thailand is facing an increase in energy demand. According to the ASEAN Centre for Energy (ACE), energy demand in Southeast Asia in 2040 is expected to increase between 110- to 130 percent.

30 October 2018
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Malaysian PM visits Thailand

Malaysia's new leader Mahathir Mohamad met his Thai counterpart on Wednesday in his first visit to his northern neighbour, pledging his help to bring peace in Thailand's violence-scarred south.

25 October 2018
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Prayut’s social media ban

Last week, Thai Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha launched a new Facebook page, new Twitter and Instagram accounts, and a new website. The move has been met with mixed reactions on social media with some praising and others criticising him.

22 October 2018
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Thailand immigrant crackdown

Allegedly aimed at busting visa abusers and illegal migrants, a Thai police operation called "X-Ray Outlaw Foreigner" has raised questions about racial profiling and fears for asylum-seekers caught in its web.

22 October 2018
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