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Flooding hits central and northeast Thailand

By Newley Purnell Heavy rains have triggered the worst flooding in decades in central and northeast Thailand. The New York Times had this story yesterday: Devastating floods spreading from northeastern Thailand...

Panic over the rising baht

By James Harriman   Rising Baht: The Thai baht has strengthened significantly versus the US dollar over the last year, as have most other Asian currencies. As of the second...

The politics of ‘Red Eagle’

By Pokpong Lawansiri    />The long awaited Thai superhero film, Red Eagle (known in Thai as Insee Dang) was released last Thursday (English-sub teaser here; trailer here). The film is a remake...

Thailand’s finance minister appears on soap opera

By Newley Purnell Thailand’s finance minister, Korn Chatikavanij, appeared on a Thai soap opera Tuesday night to deliver a message about the government’s efforts to help citizens pay off debts...