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Leading Thai Opposition Politician Charged With Royal Defamation
January 22, 2021

Leading Thai Opposition Politician Charged With Royal Defamation

By Sebastian Strangio
Thanathorn Juangroongruangkit had criticized a COVID-19 vaccine procurement deal involving a company owned by the Thai king.

With Severe Sentence, Thailand Deepens Its War on Critics of the Monarchy
January 20, 2021

With Severe Sentence, Thailand Deepens Its War on Critics of the Monarchy

By Sebastian Strangio
Thailand wields a controversial law in its attempt to stamp out a campaign of student-led protests.
The Internet as Battleground in Thailand’s COVID-19 Tinderbox Moment
December 16, 2020

The Internet as Battleground in Thailand’s COVID-19 Tinderbox Moment

By Colleen Scribner
Online tools have been invaluable for Thailand's pro-democracy movement – but the government is cracking down.

In Thailand, a Political Movement’s Choice of Logo Prompts Controversy
December 09, 2020

In Thailand, a Political Movement’s Choice of Logo Prompts Controversy

By Sebastian Strangio
The choice has prompted a debate as to whether the useof communist imagery will help or hinder the protesters' cause.

Thai Prime Minister Acquitted of Ethics Breach, Retains Post
December 03, 2020

Thai Prime Minister Acquitted of Ethics Breach, Retains Post

By Associated Press
A nine-judge panel agreed with the army that retired senior officers such as Prayut are allowed to stay in army housing in recognition of their service.

As Protests Grow, Thailand’s Authorities Dust Off Royal Defamation Law
November 25, 2020

As Protests Grow, Thailand’s Authorities Dust Off Royal Defamation Law

By Sebastian Strangio
This revival of lese-majeste law marks an escalation in the authorities’ campaign against rising pro-democracy protests.

Duncan McCargo on Thailand’s New Political Force
November 24, 2020

Duncan McCargo on Thailand’s New Political Force

By Sebastian Strangio
"It’s not a matter of whether or not the existing power structures start to give way: it’s just a question of when."
Thai Protesters, Police Clash as MPs Mull Charter Change
November 18, 2020

Thai Protesters, Police Clash as MPs Mull Charter Change

By Associated Press
The parliamentary session is Prime Minister Prayut's way of seizing the initiative after months of anti-government protesters.

Thai Lawmakers Debate Demands for Constitutional Changes
November 17, 2020

Thai Lawmakers Debate Demands for Constitutional Changes

By Associated Press
The government of Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha is hoping to defuse protesters' calls for far-reaching reform.

With Petition Drive, Thailand’s Protests Settle Into Stalemate
November 09, 2020

With Petition Drive, Thailand’s Protests Settle Into Stalemate

By Sebastian Strangio
As protesters address their demands to the king, Thailand's military-royalist establishment is banking that the demonstrations will peter out.

“We Are the Destiny You Cannot Avoid”: Thailand’s Prospects for Political Change
November 04, 2020

“We Are the Destiny You Cannot Avoid”: Thailand’s Prospects for Political Change

By Sasiwan Chingchit
Social and technical trends suggest that the country has reached a historic political watershed.
Thailand Blocks Access to Porn Sites, Prompting Protests
November 04, 2020

Thailand Blocks Access to Porn Sites, Prompting Protests

By Sebastian Strangio
The paternalistic move will only exacerbate the country's simmering anti-government and anti-monarchy sentiment.

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