Capital of Mae La is a documentary about the Mae La refugee camp, the largest refugee camp of the nine along the Thai-Myanmar border and home for more than 40,000 refugees. The making of this documentary took 4 years, spanning the entire period of the director’s doctoral thesis. Out of hundreds of hours of footage, only half an hour was selected.
On the 110th anniversary of the Anglo-Siamese Treaty of 1909, let’s talk with the author of ‘Malayan Land Lost: National History, Plot Twist Version’ (Lit: Sia dindaen malayu prawattisat chat chabap Plot Twist; Thai: เสียดินแดนมลายู ประวัติศาสตร์ชาติ ฉบับ Plot Twist) to understand the factors that lead to the agreement. Did Thailand really lose land? What is the wound on the land of Pattani? And how do borders on the map frame our mind and thoughts?
Prachatai speaks to Clément Nyaletsossi Voule, the United Nations Special Rapporteur on the Rights to Freedom of Peaceful Assembly and of Association, on the importance of the freedom of association and assembly in democratic societies, restrictions on these rights, and the role of the internet in political participation.
Let us look at drug users through the doctoral research of Phrae Sirisakdamkoeng. When they violate all norms set by society, they have to hold onto other values instead to stay within the community. They have to talk to themselves and to God, adjust to their sins without throwing away their religion, when a drug user is more than a “druggie”, but also another human being.
Formerly the founder of the Cheerthai Power group and candidate for President of the Football Association of Thailand, Palinee or “Pauline” Ngarm-pring is today the head of strategy for the Mahachon Party and Thailand’s first transgender candidate for Prime Minister. Prachatai spoke to Pauline about the 2019 general election, the challenges of being a transwoman politician, LGBT rights in Thailand, and Thai politics in an era of transition.
Prachatai interviews Nattika Loweera, a Democrat MP candidate in Chaiyaphum's Constituency 1.
Prachatai interviewed Lertsak Kamkongsak, the leader of the Commoners Party, about getting involved in politics as another ordinary person who wishes to write his own laws, reduce extreme inequality, and work as an MP who would be stirring things up both inside and outside Parliament.
On 8 February, after the Thai Raksa Chart Party nominated former princess Ubolratana Mahidol as their candidate for Prime Minister, a Royal Command was issued stating that members of the royal family must be above politics. Prachatai spoke to Sawatree Suksri, lecturer at the Faculty of Law, Thammasat University, on the status of the Royal Command and its interpretation.
‘Rap Against Dictatorship’ says that politics, for them, is posing questions about the things happening in daily life. An interest in politics is a way to change for the better things that you don’t like and dictatorship isn’t only the military, but the election that’s about to happen can also be held in a dictatorial way. We also a talk with Teerawat Rujintham, the director of the MV, who is behind many pro-democracy groups.
The former NBTC Commissioner analyses Order No.