The Military Writes the Rules in Thailand’s Election

February 07, 2019

Thailand will never be a fully democratic country as long as the military continues to intervene in politics. Although Thailand will officially hold its first general election in five years on March 24, 2019, the notion that the country will become fully democratic as a result is naive at best...

The World This Week: Thai King’s Death Raises Royal Question

October 16, 2016

With the death of the old king, time might be running out for Thailand’s anachronistic, regressive and repressive monarchy. This was a week of much upheaval. Even as the pound continued to tumble, tragedy struck Haiti. Hurricane Matthew killed over 1,000 people in the town of Jérémie. In...

Thailand’s Pseudo-Democracy Has Become a Reality

September 13, 2016

Has the August referendum cemented the Thai public's approval of a military government? On August 7, Thailand held the long-awaited referendum on its draft constitution. While the junta claims that the proposed constitution will usher in an era of peace and stability, critics argue that it...

The World This Week: Might Thailand Turn Into Paradise Lost?

August 14, 2016

Thailand is deeply divided on class and regional lines, with the Bangkok monarchist elite engaged in a brutal battle with the Shinawatra clan as a Malay-Muslim insurgency rages furiously. This week, bombs went off in Thailand’s tourist towns. This came as a rude shock to much of the world...

The World This Week: Explosive Situations in North Korea, China and Germany

January 10, 2016

North Korea’s nuclear test, China’s stock market crash, and mass attacks on women in Germany pose great dangers to peace and stability. North Korea, the Hermit Kingdom, is a funny place. A paunchy dictator with a ridiculous hairstyle keeps his people poor and saber rattles like a petulant...

Thailand is Playing a Game of Smoke and Mirrors

January 05, 2016

While British and American officials are coming into conflict with the military, Thailand’s relationship with the EU has been hit. With Thailand’s slow road back to democracy looking like it has no end in sight, the military junta led by former General Prayuth Chan-ocha is looking for ways...

The World This Week: Good Iran Deal, Bad Greece Deal

July 18, 2015

Obama deserves kudos for the nuclear deal with Iran and for his plans to reform the US criminal justice system. After protracted negotiations, the big powers have concluded a nuclear deal with Iran. The United States, Britain, France, China, Russia and Germany—together known as the...

Thailand: The Land of Smiles and Dictators

July 15, 2015

What are Thailand’s prospects for democracy a year after the country’s 19th coup? As most media outlets have their attention geared toward Iran, Greece and the European Union’s asylum seeker crisis, Thailand continues to struggle with the military government that installed itself by a...

The World This Week: Fasten Your Seatbelts

January 23, 2015

Founder & Editor-in-Chief Atul Singh provides a roundup of the week’s events. The bigwigs at the European Central Bank (ECB) have decided to emulate the US Federal Reserve. The ECB will begin quantitative easing (QE) by buying both government and private bonds. In doing so, it might create...

How Safe is Thailand for Tourists?

September 22, 2014

To restore confidence, the Prayuth government must find the culprits of the British tourists’ murder. On September 17, Gen. Prayuth Chan-ocha, the self-appointed Thai prime minister, suggested during a speech to senior bureaucrats that female tourists in Thailand are not safe if they wear...

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