Does Thailand’s Failure To Communicate Mask A Bigger Problem?

Does Thailand’s Failure To Communicate Mask A Bigger Problem?

Last week Thailand Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs General Tanasak Patimapragorn failed to join his counterparts from Indonesia and Malaysia at the conclusion of a mini summit in Kuala Lumpur to discuss the plight of thousands of Rohingya and Bengalis believed to be afloat on the Indian Ocean. This is the most […]

Thailand Labour Day 2013 – Photo Special

Thailand Labour Day 2013 – Photo Special

More than four thousand trade unionists gathered at Sanam Luang park in central Bangkok yesterday (May 1, 2013) to mark Thailand Labour Day 2013 and hear Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra promise to review a raft of workers rights and conditions demands raised by Thailand trade unions. Amongst issues the trade unions want addressed are: a […]

Hold the phone, Thailand telcos “worse than unanaesthetised root-canal”

Hold the phone, Thailand telcos “worse than unanaesthetised root-canal”

Getting connected to mobile phone and data services in most countries of the world is a simple matter of buying a SIM card, inserting it into your phone or mobile device, registering on the network and adding some calling credit. The exception to the rule is Thailand where Thailand telcos do a fair impersonation of […]

Thailand Internal Security Act shows rattled Thai Government

Thailand Internal Security Act shows rattled Thai Government

Just a little more than two-and-a-half years after anti-government street protests brought the centre of Bangkok to a stop for 64 days ahead of a bloody military crackdown, Bangkokians are again living under the Thailand Internal Security Act, highlighting a government rattled by the first major anti-government rally since taking office . The government of […]

Four agreements & panda diplomacy neuters US President’s visit to Thailand

Four agreements & panda diplomacy neuters US President’s visit to Thailand

Just days after being fawned over by US President Barack Obama on a whirlwind Southeast Asia tour, Thailand has signed four bilateral memorandum of agreements with regional powerhouse China, who trumped Washington by throwing high-speed trains and a panda into the pot. The US presidential road-show earlier in the week saw Thailand sign a new […]

Backflip on Thailand TPP membership talks

Backflip on Thailand TPP membership talks

In an apparent backflip on a proposed Thailand TPP membership application Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra said on Saturday that she will not be discussing an application to join the controversial Trans Pacific Partnership (TPP) trade pact with US President Barack Obama when he visits the country on Sunday. Last Monday the Thai cabinet agreed to […]

Thailand’s TPP application threatens to overshadow Presidential visit

Thailand’s TPP application threatens to overshadow Presidential visit

Bangkok is abuzz at the imminent visit of freshly re-elected US President Barack Obama on a whirlwind three-nation tour to shore up US support in the region, however trade discussions threaten to overshadow the stated purpose of the visit, a courtesy call to mark 180 years of Thai-US relations. While details such as the number […]

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