Thailand’s exotic nature goes well beyond its breath taking landscapes. It permeates deep within Thai society. Foreigners living here or passing through who are blocked by the language barrier glimpse only the tip of the iceberg of Thai society and its politics. The two main English language Thai newspapers fail to report the full story on many issues. Sometimes they don’t bother to report at all. Personally, I am not part of any side of Thai politics. I am on the side of truth and transparency, and really get annoyed when people try to pull a fast one over the public, and by extension, me.
In the game of politics, knowledge is power, and the people in power try to keep the people ignorant. Thailand is no better or worse than any other democracy in this sense. Yet with its generally weak mainstream media, it is up to independent media to shine the light into the dark crevasse of Thai power-politics. In this weekly posting, I will try to briefly draw out under-reported stories of the past week and ask the questions that remain unanswered by mainstream media. With any luck, these stories will interest you as well, and hopefully give readers a bit more power through knowledge.