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Thai and Burmese workers sort fish at Mahachai port in Samut Sakhon, Thailand. Pic: AP.

US waives human trafficking sanctions on Malaysia and Thailand

By Fri, Sep 19, 2014 10:27AM UTC Comments Off Thai and Burmese workers sort fish at Mahachai port in Samut Sakhon, Thailand. Pic: AP.

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama has decided not to impose sanctions against Malaysia and Thailand for failing to meet minimum standards in combating human trafficking....

Prayuth’s novelty starts to wear off and the right time to tell jokes

By Thu, Sep 18, 2014 7:12PM UTC Comments Off Thai coup leader Gen. Prayuth Chan-ocha. Pic: AP.

Back in June, Duncan McCargo wrote a short article for Foreign Policy on why the coup is destined to fail. While BP agreed with the premise, it seemed better to wait to post until reality started to hit. BP has been waiting for the façade to start to crack. It is happening now. Below are some excerpts from McCargo’s article: Far...

Thai PM apologizes for ‘bikini’ remark after Koh Tao murders

By Thu, Sep 18, 2014 6:25PM UTC Comments Off Gen. Prayuth Chan-ocha speaks Pic: AP.

Following widespread outrage and condemnation after his flippant remark in the aftermath of the murder of two British tourists on the southern Thai island of Koh Tao, Thai military junta leader and Prime Minister Gerneral Prayuth Chan-ocha has apologized for suggesting that the behavior of the victims is to be blamed for the crime and...

Thailand’s junta extends censorship with mass online surveillance

By Thu, Sep 18, 2014 8:12AM UTC Comments Off Pic: AP.

Thailand’s ruling military junta is further tightening its grip on the public discourse by heightening its censorship measures, going as far as reportedly implementing widespread surveillance of Thai Internet users. The new measure seeks to crush criticism at the military government and  to crack down on anything that is deemed insulting to the royal institution – also known as lèse majesté....

Thai PM after Koh Tao murders: ‘Can tourists be safe in bikinis?’

By Wed, Sep 17, 2014 7:45PM UTC Comments Off Thai Prime Minister Gen. Prayuth Chan-ocha. Pic: AP.

The murder of two British tourists on the southern Thai island of Koh Tao has raised questions about tourist safety in Thailand. Hannah Witheridge (23) and David Miller (24) were found dead on Monday morning half-naked and with severe wounds to their heads. ...

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