9 Oct 2020
The annual commemoration of the 6 October 1976 massacre, one of the most brutal crackdowns in Thai history, has this year been the biggest and most widely acknowledged due to the rise of the mass democratic movement. Transitional justice and deep-rooted problems were brought up, national security and the monarchy included.
24 Sep 2020
Protesters who stayed overnight in the occupation of Thammasat University and Sanam Luang on 19 September exchanged opinions with strangers as all prepared to sleep in the open.
24 Sep 2020
Foreigners attended the protest at Thammasat University to show their support for the people of Thailand and their fight for democracy. The use of social media has greatly contributed to the expansion of foreign participation in protests.
18 Sep 2020
If the curfew in Bangkok during the lockdown period was tiresome enough, imagine being allowed to travel for only 3 days a week. The border shutdown ordered from the central authorities is needlessly affecting livelihoods in the north that are highly dependent on trans-border activities.
14 Sep 2020
Abuse in the Thai education system has resurfaced with the death of a student from hypertrophic cardiomyopathy 2 days after a teacher made him do 100 squats as a punishment for not doing his homework. It amplifies the calls for education reform and tougher enforcement of regulations to stop violence in schools.
31 Aug 2020
Nearly five million first time voters (aged 18-22) are anticipated to cast their ballots in Myanmar’s 2020 general election on 8 November, according to figures from the last census. A woman after submitted a vote at a polling station in Yangon during the 2015 election (Source: File/Prachatai)
14 Aug 2020
Never before have people's messages about the monarchy, be they satirical or direct, substantial demands for monarchy reform, appeared widely in protests countrywide. But these messages do not make it into the mainstream media due to legal and moral fears.
22 Jul 2020
Thai people came out to protest against dictatorship because they have been through enough with the problems and injustices that occurred under Gen Prayut Chan-o-cha’s administration.
13 Jul 2020
Adults must listen to student voices against authoritarianism in schools rather than attempt to censor them, an education expert says. All stakeholders should join in fighting the deep-rooted problems to make the students’ voices louder.
29 Jun 2020
While a vaguely-written core curriculum leads schools and educators to a non-ideal teaching approach to English, teachers say the bigger problem that fails students is the surrounding environment and attitudes toward English.
25 Jun 2020
A Chulalongkorn University (CU) journalism expert says the way the Thai media covers protests without enough context influences people’s perception. She encourages journalists to conduct more investigative reports rather than event-based news focused on violence and confrontation.
16 Jun 2020
The death of George Floyd and the Black Lives Matter movement sparks a conversation about police brutality, discrimination, and systematic racism in the US that spreads across the world, even Thailand. Here, Chatchai Mongkol speaks to African-American teachers on their experience of racism and colourism in Thailand.