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Local farmers have been urged to refrain from slash-and-burn farming in order to lessen the intensity of the crisis

Thailand’s Interior Minister Orders Governor’s to Tell Farmers to Stop Burning Farmland

Local farmers have been urged to refrain from slash-and-burn farming in order to lessen the intensity of the crisis . CHIANG RAI – The Pollution Control Department in Chiang Rai reported levels of small particulate matter smaller than 10 microns (PM10) have declined in many parts of the North. Areas where levels of PM10 remain […]

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Sacred ink: Thailand’s Sak Yant ‘magic tattoo’ festival

Pic: AP.   By Sarah Waldron It’s a bit unnerving, making your way through the crowd gathered at Wat Bang Phra on the day of the Sak Yant, or ‘magic tattoo’, festival. On the fist Saturday of March every year, the temple, located 50 km west of Bangkok, attracts thousands of people for a ceremony […]

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Political heavyweights debate Thailand’s future… under heavy scrutiny

Image from @FCCThai’s Twitter account. Last night the Foreign Correspondents’ Club of Thailand (FCCT) hosted a forum on the future of politics in Thailand. Saksith gave more background information on the participants in a previous post. The discussion was very much divided, with Pheu Thai and Democrat party members in opposition to National Reform Council […]

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Thailand’s student activists speak out against political oppression

Student activist Than Rittiphan. Image from Reuters. By James Austin Since the declaration of martial last year in Thailand and subsequent crackdowns on public dissent, criticism against the junta, led by Prayuth Chan-ocha, who was appointed Prime Minister by a military-heavy national assembly, has been aired for the most part in print and online (despite […]

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Thailand’s Minister of Interior Urges Authorities to Tighen Controls on Burning in North

Authorities have been providing water spray from tank cars to increase the humidity while decreasing the dust   CHIANG RAI – Thailand’s Minister of Interior Gen Anupong Paojinda has urged authorities to tighen the control of burning activities in Chiang Rai and 5 other Northern Provinces. Gen Anupong Paojinda asked authorities to raise public awareness […]

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Amnesty International Say’s Thailand’s Human Rights Record Worrying

Human rights groups slam jailing of two Thai students for ‘royal insult’ in university play   BANGKOK – Amnesty International has reported Human rights violations in Thailand have worsened after the coup last May and the situation remains worrying. In Amnesty International’s report entitled “The State of the World’s Human Rights”, the organisation accused the […]

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Opinion: Venice Biennale spat could be just what Thailand’s art scene needs

Thai artist Tassananchalee Kamol. Image via Tassananchalee’s Facebook page. By Thitipol Panyalimpanun Looking at a newly finished abstract painting by highly respected Thai artist Kamol Tassananchalee, with a caption saying the artist will be representing Thailand at this year’s Venice Biennale, the Olympics of the art world, Thip Sae-tang raised a question on Facebook. Finding […]

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Thailand’s New 200 Member Senate to be Nominated not Elected

Lertrat Ratanavanich, the committee spokesman, told reporters Wednesday. They can only serve one six-year term.   BANGKOK – A Spokesperson for the 36-person committee, drafting of a new constitution has reported that Thailand’s New 200-Member Senate will be nominated and not directly elected by voters, said a committee appointed by the country’s military rulers, while […]

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Thailand’s National Legislative Assembly Votes to Restricts Political Demonstrations

National Legislative Assembly vote on restricting political demonstrations   BANGKOK – Thailand’s Military Stacked National Legislative Assembly voted overwhelmingly today in favour of a bill that restricts political demonstrations, something critics fear will be used to smother dissent after martial law is lifted. The law will impose restrictions on the “time, place and manner” of […]

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H.E. Mr. Pisan Manawapat Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the Kingdom of Thailand to the United States of America

Thailand’s New Ambassador to Washington Mending Fences

H.E. Mr. Pisan Manawapat Ambassador of the Kingdom of Thailand to the United States of America   WASHINGTON –  Thai Prime Minister Gen. Prayut Chan-o-cha has charged its new ambassador to the United States Pisan Manawapat to quickly mend strained ties with its ally Washington during his time there. In an interview with The Bangkok […]

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Thailand’s new cyber laws – Part 5: Admin error

Pic: AP. In the last part of our Siam Voices series examining the new cyber laws, we chronicle the criticism against and the defense for the controversial bills – and what’s behind the military junta’s motivation to push these into law. In the past two weeks we have analyzed the cyber law bills for its […]

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Thailand’s human rights record ‘worrying’

HUMAN RIGHTS violations in Thailand have worsened after the coup last May and the situation remains worrying, Amnesty International says. Full News here – NationMultimedia.com – Politics

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Thailand’s National Anti-Corruption Commission (NACC) to Pursue Retroactive Impeachment Charges Against Abhisit and Suthep

Abhisit Vejjajiva(Right) and Suthep Thaugsuban   BANGKOK – Thailand’s National Anti-Corruption Commission (NACC) will pursue retroactive impeachment charges against ex-premier Abhisit Vejjajiva and Suthep Thaugsuban for a crackdown on protesters five years ago, officials confirmed Wednesday. The National Anti-Corruption Commission (NACC) voted unanimously late Tuesday to pursue charges against Abhisit and his deputy premier Suthep Thaugsuban […]

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Thailand’s PM Gen.Prayuth Say’s No Anti-Junta Polls Allowed

Thailand’s Prime Minister and Chairman of National Council for Peace and Order Gen.Prayuth Chan-ocha   BANGKOK – Thailand’s Prime Minister and Chairman of  the National Council for Peace and Order Gen.Prayuth Chan-ocha has given Thai pollsters a clear guideline: no anti-junta surveys allowed. Gen. Prayuth said at the Government House yesterday, using the formal name […]

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Thailand’s new cyber laws – Part 4: Bad for business, too!

Pic: AP. In the last couple of installments of this series, we have highlighted the pitfalls, flaws and loopholes of some of the new proposed cyber laws of the Thai military government. Obviously, since this blog mainly focusses on politics and media freedom, we have so far examined the bills with regards to cyber security, […]

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