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Thai Society Needs to Sort Out its Views on Rape and Capital Punishment

  Thai society has been shocked by a horrific crime this past week—one that is currently on everyone’s mind and lips. A 22-year old State Railways employe raped a 13-year old girl in the sleeper car of an overnight train headed from from Nakhon Si Thammarat to Bangkok. After raping the girl, he then strangled […]

July 14th, 2014 | Posted in Opinion | Read More »

21 Signs You’ve Spent Too Much Time In Thailand

THAILAND – Well technically, you could never, ever spend too much time in Thailand. The country is chock-full of intricate temples, pristine islands, and mysterious caverns. Here’s how to tell if you’re turning the corner from Thai tourist to Thai local. by  Suzy Strutner 1. You prefer motorbikes to minivans. In Thailand, you don’t have […]

March 20th, 2014 | Posted in Opinion | Read More »

Thailand’s Silent Coup and What it Portends

  BANGKOK – Thailand is once again being convulsed by extreme partisan politics, with the country’s polarisation playing out on Bangkok’s streets. Several people have been killed, and many more have been injured. The sense that Thailand has been through all of this before would have been mildly reassuring were it not for a nagging […]

December 30th, 2013 | Posted in Opinion,Regional News | Read More »

Thailand’s Democrat Party is Not so Keen on the Whole Democracy Thing

BANGKOK – Thai prime minister Yingluck Shinawatra has dissolved parliament, called for new elections, proposed a national referendum, and even offered to resign to appease anti-government protesters. You might think that would be welcome news to the opposition Democrat Party and the 100,000 demonstrators who returned to the streets on Monday to try yet again to unseat her—but […]

December 10th, 2013 | Posted in Opinion,Regional News | Read More »

Stop Thailand Murdering Tourists

  CHIANG RAI – The other day I wrote an article about yet another senseless murder of a Tourist in Thailand.  The young man’s name is Stephen Ashton, 22, who came on holiday, from the United Kingdom, with some friends in order to relax and have a good time in Koh Phanga. Stephen’s holiday and […]

May 7th, 2013 | Posted in Opinion,Tourist in the News | Read More »

Getting Tougher on Foreign Criminals and the Corrupt Police Who Protect Them

CHIANG RAI – It seems more and more we are hearing about more criminal cases involving foreign expatriates in Thailand. Thai Authorities need to get tougher on foreign criminals and the corrupt police officers who protect them. Recently, the skeleton of a Hungarian billionaire was found on Samui Island. The man was believed to be […]

April 25th, 2013 | Posted in Opinion,Regional News | Read More »

Justice or Politics in Thailand?

  BANGKOK – Some say former PM Abhisit is rightfully being charged for supressing the red shirts; other see the case as business as usual. Legal cases against Oxford-educated Abhisit Vejjajiva, Thailand’s former prime minister are starting to pile up. Last month the Department of Special Investigation (DSI) charged the opposition leader over alleged illegal […]

January 19th, 2013 | Posted in Opinion | Read More »

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