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Thailand-Russia relations remain strong, but at what cost? – DW – 10/21/2023
Thai PM Srettha Thavisin met Russian President Vladimir Putin in Beijing this past week. The motives behind the warm encounter appear to be economical. But at what cost to Thailand’s reputation?
Thailand: How will Bangkok shooting change gun laws? – DW – 10/10/2023
Thailand is planning to tighten its firearm laws after two people were killed during a mass shooting in a Bangkok shopping mall last week.
Thailand: Cannabis community hopes business can continue – DW – 10/03/2023
Thailand’s new prime minister has indicated the government will more strictly regulate cannabis sales, and the country’s dispensaries are concerned about the future.
Thailand: What next for reformist Pita after failed PM bid? – DW – 09/20/2023
Despite winning the general election, reformist politician Pita Limjaroenrat quit as the Move Forward Party leader last week after being blocked by parliament from becoming Thailand’s next prime minister.
Thailand: Progressive voters disillusioned about the future – DW – 08/29/2023
After Thailand’s progressive election winner was blocked from forming a government, voters in Bangkok told DW what they expect for the country’s political future.
Thaksin Shinawatra returns to Thailand — why now? – DW – 08/22/2023
Thaksin Shinawatra, an ethnic Chinese billionaire, has been a dominant — and divisive — figure in Thai politics for over two decades.
Thaksin Shinawatra set to return to Thailand — what’s next? – DW – 08/01/2023
Thailand’s former prime minister is coming home after 15 years of self-imposed exile. Can he help break the stalemate between progressive parties and junta allies? Or will he make the political crisis worse?
Thailand cannabis industry braces for legalization reversal – DW – 06/20/2023
Thailand’s prospective new government has proposed stricter regulations targeting the country’s budding recreational cannabis industry. However, most Thai pot proprietors say cannabis is here to stay.
Will Thailand’s upcoming elections see a political shift? – DW – 03/21/2023
Thailand’s Parliament has been dissolved, opening the door for new elections. The current prime minister, who led a military coup in 2014, has faded in popularity with voters.
Thai election: Big win for opposition, but uncertainty looms – DW – 05/15/2023
Thailand’s opposition parties have secured a victory in the general election, according to preliminary results. Analysts say it shows the country is ready to move on from military-backed leaders.
Thailand: Anti-junta parties seek to rule but hurdles remain – DW – 05/24/2023
Opposition parties have scored a massive victory in the recent election in Thailand, but even that may not be enough for a new government.
Thailand: New Year festival indicates post-COVID normalcy – DW – 04/17/2023
The Songkran Festival has come as “a national relief” as Thailand celebrates a return to normality after three years of COVID-19. Revelers enjoyed water fights and other festivities throughout the country.
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Thailand Extends Visa-Free Visits for Russian Tourists
Russian tourists can now stay in Thailand up to 90 days visa free
Israelis in Thailand Determined to Get Home
As the world watches the war in Gaza unfold, many Israelis in Thailand say they are desperate to get home to assist their country in its battle against Hamas. Israeli nationals are cutting short their Southeast Asia trips so they can aid their country’s war effort.
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Thailand Pledges to Repatriate Its Nationals From Israel
Forty-one Thai workers returned home on Thursday
Thai Minor Arrested After Shopping Mall Shooting Kills 2
Police said a suspect was apprehended at the Siam Paragon Mall, one of the Thai capital’s biggest and most upscale shopping destinations
Thai PM’s Call to Regulate Weed Worries Some Cannabis Advocates
A little more than a year after Thailand’s de-facto legalization of cannabis, Thailand looking to regulate leisure use
Thailand Removes Visas for Chinese Visitors to Boost Tourism
Starting Monday, Chinese tourists will not need a visa to enter Thailand for tourism
Thailand’s Droughts Could Damage Economy, Increase Poverty, Experts Say
Thailand has seen a year of record-breaking hot weather, which is affecting its agricultural and export economies
Threat of Thai Party Leader’s Disqualification Triggers Protest Fears
Electoral Commission considers suspension for political front-runner
Coalition Efforts to Lead Thai Government ‘In Limbo,’ Experts Say
Military and royalist influence runs deep in Thailand, making it uncertain as to whether the election winners will get the opportunity to lead the country’s next government
Thailand Opposition Signs Coalition Agreement, Pledges to Restore Democracy
General election winners sign a 23-point MOU with its allies in a bid to lead next Thai government
Thai Opposition Coalition Takes Shape
Seven other political parties agree to support MFP leader Pita Limjaroenrat’s push to be Thailand’s premier
Thailand Election Process ‘Improved,’ Monitoring Group Says
Millions of Thais voted in the Sunday general election to choose which political party and prime minister they want to lead the next government
Thai Opposition Parties Score Big Election Victories
Sunday’s general election is seen as chance for change nine years after incumbent Prime Minister Prayuth Chan-ocha first came to power in a 2014 coup
Two Thai Opposition Parties Score Big Election Victories
Sunday’s general election has been seen as chance for change nine years after incumbent Prime Minister Prayuth Chan-ocha first came to power in a 2014 coup
Thailand’s Extreme Heat Predicted to Continue Into Summer
Scorching temperatures, sometimes topping 50 degrees Celsius, force local authorities to warn people not to go outside over weekends
Thousands of Russians Flee to Thailand to Escape War
Russian investment has seen property prices skyrocket in popular Thai islands
Thailand’s Air Quality Could Cloud Songkran Festival
With Thai national holiday on horizon, experts say cloudy conditions could hamper tourism
Thailand-Myanmar Ties Mean Myanmar Anti-Coup Activists Risk Arrest
Three members of a Myanmar anti-military group were recently detained by Thai authorities and handed over to Myanmar’s junta
Anti-Government Protests Grow Again in Thailand
For the second time in as many days, anti-government protesters took to the streets of Bangkok demanding the resignation of Prime Minister Prayuth Chan-O-Cha. Saturday’s demonstrations came two days after protesters gathered by the thousands outside parliament and Cabinet offices to mark 89th anniv…
Anti-Government Protests Persist in Thailand Despite Record COVID-19 Cases
Anti-government protesters were met with a large police presence in Bangkok this the weekend even as Thailand struggles with surging COVID-19 cases. Hundreds of activists took to the streets in the capital calling for political reforms.
Thai Journalists on Challenges of Covering Protest Movement
Strict media laws, police harassment make reporting on calls for reform in Thailand harder, local media says
Thailand Reopens Borders for Tourists, Caution Still Remains
Visitors from more than 60 countries deemed “low risk” are now able to visit the Southeast Asian nation, with quarantine essentially scrapped
Thai Protesters Rally for Reforms of Monarchy After Court Rules Against Activists
Angry demonstrators protest after Thailand’s Constitutional Court rules three activists had attempted to overthrow the monarchy last year
Thailand Facing Crackdown on Freedoms
People in Thailand have faced increased repression of their rights and incidents of torture in recent years, human rights groups and activists say
Laws, Police Visits Create ‘Climate of Fear’ for Thai Media
Journalists covering anti-government protests say police have visited their homes, questioned them about their work
Thailand at ‘Crossroads’ as COVID-19 Surges Amid Tourism, Economy Rebound
Thailand’s tourism drive has kick-started once again, but the spread of omicron could bring further restrictions
Ukraine Anti-Invasion Protests Continue in Bangkok
Second Day of Protests in Thailand Against Russian Invasion
Russian Tourists Stranded in Thailand Without Access to Funds
Some families are sleeping on beaches and in churches on Thailand’s popular southern islands
Thailand Aiming for Endemic Status as More Travel Restrictions Lifted
New coronavirus infections remain high in Thailand as experts warn that evolving variants could slow country’s efforts to recover from pandemic
Hundreds in Bangkok Protest Court Ruling Allowing Thai PM to Stay in Office
Activist group Thalufah stages rally beside Bangkok’s Victory Monument, a regular demonstration venue in recent years that has seen protesters and police clash violently
Mass Shooting in Northern Thailand Leaves Dozens Dead, Including Children
Ex-Thai police officer kills at least 38 before turning gun on himself, his family
In Thailand, New Media Balance Journalism With Activism
Citizen journalists find new platforms to allow opposition voices a space
CNN Crew Leaves Thailand Following Controversy Over Coverage of Day Care Center Attack
Authorities cleared the two journalists of misconduct following outrage over their coverage of the aftermath of a massacre in Nong Bua Lam Phu province
Thai Student Publisher Rejects China Businessman’s Request to Shut Down
Managers of a Bangkok publishing house known for its releases critical of China say they were twice approached by representatives of a Chinese businessman offering them large sums of money to shut down their business.
The representatives, who identified themselves as employees of a private...
Thailand Open for Business as Tourism Sector Continues Rebound
Government says it is highly likely that Thailand will meet its target of 10 million visitors by the end of the year
Thailand Reverses New COVID Vaccine Rules for Visitors
Thailand scraps recently announced rules for all international arrivals as Chinese tourists return
Thailand Welcomes Tourism, Economic Progress, Looks Ahead to 2023 Elections
Experts say elections could promote further economic growth, create stability for kingdom
In the wake of COVID-19, reporting on Asia isn’t what it used to be
Amid rising authoritarianism in Hong Kong and elsewhere, correspondents seek next regional hub