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.
The release of Cambodian political fugitive Sam Serey early on Friday morning earned the praise of the international community while stoking tensions with Cambodian officials. But a researcher at Human Rights Watch is doubtful that his release indicates a broader change in the way Thailand treats refugees and asylum seekers. Thailand released Sam Serey on 27 April to be flown back to Denmark, where he has permanent resident status. Serey was arrested last Wednesday for overstaying his visa.
The Thai Liberal Party leader shares his vision of reforming the military by moving all troops out of Bangkok and instead using the space to build schools, hospitals and parks while abolishing unnecessary military units.
Although Pheu Thai is currently facing a multitude of challenges, Chaturon Chaisang believes that the party can overcome them, from institutionalizing the party to opening up the party to participation by the new generation.