30 May 2018
Media coverage on the conflict region in southern Thailand, historically referred to as Patani1, reports on acts of violence such as bombings and shootings which are assumed to be carried out by separatist groups from the Patani Malay population despite no one ever officially taking responsibility for the violence.
24 May 2018
Nuttaa ‘Bow’ Mahattana, on the second night of her detention with 14 other democracy activists, scribbled a letter on a scrap of paper explaining how their rights have been violated. 1. Were we arrested or did we turn ourselves in?
23 May 2018
Laws are the rules or regulations of a given society or state drafted by an individual or group of individuals representing the class that holds economic power in the society or state. The individual or group of individuals that decrees the laws enforced upon the people may truly represent the majority of people in the society, or they may likewise be the representatives of the minority. This depends entirely on the system of rule in the society. A system of rule in a society is democratic when the people enjoy democracy across politics, economics, and culture.
10 May 2018
The inter-Korean summit is set to transform the international political landscape of East Asia. For the first time, South and North Koreas have agreed to overcome long years of mutual antagonism. They expressed their willingness to tackle difficult issues in their relationship that had over several decades prevented peace on the Korean peninsula. Among those difficult issues are denuclearization of the region and even a possible reunification in the future. The two countries were separated by the Korean War, which terminated in 1953.
8 May 2018
As someone who voted for Pheu Thai before, and could possibly vote for them again, I would like to respectfully inform the party of this message: Will the party be a part of the battle for democracy? If the party thinks that this is the most important role for them right now, I would like it to be understood that the current political objective is not to win the election. If we’re under a constitution that deprives an elected administration body of power like this, why should we win the election?
7 May 2018
The end of the Pom Mahakan community – an almost 2-century-old settlement - reflects the ignorance of the Bangkok administration and Thai society about preserving the history of normal townsfolk, especially when the Thai-style costume trend is on the rise. I have covered the story of the Pom Mahakan community as a journalist for the past year. The community population had already shrunk from 300 to around 50 people.
2 May 2018
There are two main components of a public assembly, according to the Public Assembly Act of 2015 or the ‘assembly prohibition law’. The first relates to the type of ‘activity’ according to Article 3 [], which states the kind of activities that fall within the scope of this law and which must be reported in advance to the responsible officials before they are eligible for protection and facilitation for the assembly to take place.
24 Apr 2018
Photo from Deep South Watch “Don’t you know, we are here under Martial Law” said the officer to Faisal when he refused to delete the photos he took of the officers while they were escorting home a man they had a
24 Apr 2018
If there is still anyone who believes that the law banning assemblies or the 2015 Public Assembly Act is a law created for the protection of protesters, then they are probably completely deaf and blind, and cannot be compared to normal villagers who see the world more according to reality, like the gentle reflection of one villager from the area that opposed the gold mine in Loei Province who interestingly said, “Before the NCPO staged the coup, capitalists or companies were the ones who sued us, but after the NCPO coup, it’s the state that sues us.” That is the
23 Apr 2018
Last year, something quite momentous happened as regards all of Thailand’s officially recognized 62 ethnicities.
11 Apr 2018
With all the talk about a “new” political party of the “new generation”, it is worth comparing what little we know of this party with Taksin’s Thai Rak Thai Party which was formed after the 1997 economic crisis. The reason for this is that Taksin and his team used the slogan “New Thinking, New Implementation” in their first election campaign.
11 Apr 2018
One of the regions where the middle classes are increasing rapidly is Southeast Asia. Certain countries like Singapore may be able to fully claim that they are middle-class countries, no different from England or the United States. Malaysia is following behind. Despite that, the politics of most countries in this region have still not changed direction.